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Dr Lehtonen joined the University of Northampton in 2018 as Lecturer in Sociology. Her background is in interdisciplinary social sciences, with a BA in Chinese and Politics (SOAS University of London), and an MSc and PhD in Gender Studies (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Dr Lehtonen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Gender Studies, Sociology, and the Social Sciences more broadly.

She also has extensive experience working in charities and organisations that support refugees, asylum seekers, and people held in immigration detention.

Research Interests

Dr Lehtonen's work spans across political sociology, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural studies. Her current research explores the limitations and possibilities of sexual politics within austerity and neoliberalism, interrogating dominant narratives and regulation of sexuality as they intersect with class and racial formations, work and welfare, and the state. 

She is also interested in pedagogy, with a research focus on feminist pedagogical engagements with narratives and practices of inclusion and resistance in the Higher Education classroom. 

Teaching Interests

Dr Lehtonen is the Undergraduate Programme Leader for Sociology at Northampton, and currently convenes the following modules: 

  • SOC1076: Gender and Society
  • SOC1078: The Sociological Imagination
  • SOC4018: The Sociology Dissertation
  • SOCM086: Multidimensional Inequalities and Spaces of Public Engagement

She has previously taught on postgraduate modules in gender theory and undergraduate modules in introductory social sciences and the sociology of gender, as well as guest lectured extensively.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The London School of Economics and Political Science


Award Date: 31 Oct 2018

Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science


Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

Bachelor, SOAS University of London


Award Date: 31 Jul 2009


  • HM Sociology
  • HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • JC Political theory

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Research Output

Open Access

I, Daniel Blake (2016): Vulnerability, Care, and Citizenship in Austerity Politics

Lehtonen, A. & Gibbs, J., 1 Jul 2019, In : Feminist Review. 122, 2, p. 49–63 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
  • Pedagogies of Inclusion: A Critical Exploration of Small-Group Teaching Practice in Higher Education

    Lehtonen, A., Gibbs, J., Hartviksen, J. & Spruce, E., 9 Oct 2019, In : Teaching in Higher Education. p. 1-16 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • Youth marginality in Britain: contemporary studies of austerity

    Lehtonen, A. C., 2018, Children’s Geographies, 16, 6, p. 667-669.

    Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationReview

    Open Access
    Open Access
  • Thesis

    The sexual and intimate life of UK austerity politics

    Author: Lehtonen, A. C., 31 Oct 2018

    Supervisor: Hemmings, C. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis