Vanessa Barker

Vanessa Barker International Panel

Vanessa Barker is Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University, Editor in Chief of Punishment & Society and Advisor to Border Criminologies at the University of Oxford. Her research deals with questions of democracy and border control, welfare states and immigration, the criminalization and penalization of migrants, and the role of civil society in social change. 

In her latest book Nordic Nationalism and Penal Order: Walling the Welfare State she examines the border closing in Sweden during the height of the refugee crisis and the rise of penal nationalism in response to mass mobility. She completed her doctoral degree at New York University and worked at Florida State University before moving to Sweden.