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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


Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science


Bachelor, SOAS University of London



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

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narrative Social Sciences
sexuality Social Sciences
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Research Output 2018 2019

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


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

teaching practice
small group

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
pension policy


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