Areas of expertise
She was the first recipient of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters' Jutikkala Award in Humanities in 2011 and the Association of Internet Researchers' Nancy Baym Annual Book Award in 2020. She 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, and was briefly visiting professor at University of Florence during the covid-19 spring of 2020.
Paasonen has broad teaching experience in media studies, cultural studies, digital culture and gender studies. She is in charge of postgraduate studies at the department of Media Studies, and participates in MA teaching and supervision. In addition, she teaches BA-level classes on media and networks, as well as theme courses connected to social media, sexuality, affect and pornography.
She's the author of e.g. the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press 2011), Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press 2018), Not Safe for Work: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media (with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light, MITP 2019), Who's Laughing Now? Feminist Tactics in Social Media (with Jenny Sundén, MITP 2020), Objectification: On the Difference Between Sex and Sexism (with Feona Attwood, Alan McKee, John Mercer and Clarissa Smith, Routledge 2020) and Distracted, Frustrated, Bored: Affective Formations in Networked Media (MITP 2021).
Paasonen is co-editor of e.g. 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) and serves on the editorial boards member of the journals New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Sexualities, Porn Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Capacious, Postmodern Culture, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema and Monstrum.
Her full CV and list of publications can be accessed at susannapaasonen.org