Salla Peltonen has returned to Duke for the spring semester of 2017. She is a Phd student at the department of Gender Studies, at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Currently she is writing her dissertation on critique and epistemic habits in feminist theory, focusing on questions of epistemology, language and ethics. Her research interests include critical gender and queer theory, theories of sexual difference, posthumanism, human-animal studies. Her work is inspired by Wittgensteinian language and moral philosophy.
She has recently published two articles together with her colleague Katarina Jungar on savior narratives and homonationalist discourses in the Nordic countries. She has also written about the conceptual politics of gender and sexual difference theory and is a member of the editorial board of the national journal of gender studies in Finland. Her experience playing and coaching roller derby informs her commitment to critical gender and queer theory and politics.