Vanessa Barker is Docent and Associate Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University. She has recently published on democracy and punishment, democracy and deportation, and the welfare state and comparative penal sanctioning. In the US, she works on questions about the prison and the public sphere. In Europe, she is working on a comparative project on global mobility, penal order, and border protest. She is currently Book Review Editor for the international journal Punishment & Society, on the Editorial Board of Law & Society Review, and on the International Advisory Board for Theoretical Criminology. She recently joined the Research Advisory Board of the Howard League for Penal Reform. She participates in several collaborative research networks: Border Criminologies (http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/), CRN Punishment & Social Control and the Border Crossing Observatory.