People

Dr Johanna Romer

Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Johanna Romer

Profile

Biography

I joined the Department of Sociology in 2018 after working at New York University and Hunter College, the City University of New York. Funded by the British Academy, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Council for European Studies, my research focuses on punishment and the governance of migration as sites for conceptualizing inequality, citizenship, and legality, and engages with socio-legal studies, critical criminology, and scholarship on discourse and new media. This historical and ethnographic work situates legal systems in Spain and North Africa as sites of cultural contact, examining both how state power operates through scientific and legal categories—as well as how forms of commerce, commons, and confraternities in Mediterranean societies built alternative forms of political engagement. My second project turns to the legacies of transnational cultural and economic networks bridging Spain and North Africa as they intersect with new national and international governance frameworks for the region. A related project, Linguistic Mediation and Social Media, analyzes the communicative labor of constructing viewer-influencer relationships on social media as critical to conceptualizing how certain types of emotion, including fear and anger, circulate on- and offline.

Qualifications

  • PhD New York University,

  • BA University of Chicago,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Globalisation and Crime (SC304)

  • Ethnographic Research Methods (SC277)

  • Introduction to Crime, Law and Society (SC104)

Publications

Journal articles (1)

Römer, J., (2019). Ambiguous publicities: Cultivating doubt at the intersection of competing genres of risk evaluation in Catalan Prisons. Punishment and Society. 21 (3), 342-363

Grants and funding

2019

National Law, Transnational Justice? The Role of Legal Status in Parole Decision-Making in Catalonia, Spain

British Academy

Contact

johanna.romer@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872665

Location:

5A.340, Colchester Campus