Dr Johanna Romer

Department of Sociology
Dr Johanna Romer



I joined the Department of Sociology in 2018 after working at New York University and Hunter College, the City University of New York. My work is situated at the intersection of the anthropology of law, science studies and cultural criminology. At its broadest, my research focuses on the legacies of forms of governance in North Africa and the Mediterranean in the present, and on ethnographically documenting emerging forms of transnational governance. Current projects examine how criminal justice systems become sites for managing migration and integration in Southern Europe, and their articulation with conceptions of political autonomy and sovereignty movements. More recent work addresses the policing of migration in the Mediterranean and the use of technologies of prediction in legal and criminal justice contexts. Johanna’s research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Council for European Studies, and New York University.


  • 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)


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


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

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