Susanna Paasonen

Susanna Paasonen is professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku.

She was the first recipient of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters’ Jutikkala Award in Humanities in 2011 and spent part of her sabbatical research leave in 2016 as visiting scholar at MIT’s department of Comparative Media Studies and at Microsoft Research New England’s Social Media Collective.

She has an interest in studies of popular culture, affect, sexuality, and media theory. She is the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press 2011) and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press 2018), co-author of Not Safe for Work: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media (with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light for MIT Press, forthcoming), as well as co-editor of Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media Culture (with Kaarina Nikunen and Laura Saarenmaa, Berg 2007), Working with Affect in Feminist Readings: Disturbing Differences (with Marianne Liljeström, Routledge 2010) and Networked Affect (with Ken Hillis and Michael Petit, MIT Press 2015).