Marie Bruvik Heinskou

Marie Bruvik Heinskou

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Dr. Marie Bruvik Heinskou is part time lecturer at Departmet of Political Science, University of Copenhagen and Commissioning Editor at Hans Reitzels Publishing House, Copenhagen.

She has been Associate professor of Sociology at Aalborg University 2017-2018, Assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen from 2010-2017 and coordinator  of the research group of Culture and Civil Society at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen. Marie Bruvik Heinskou has researched the field of culture, sexuality, embodiment, violence and sex work since 2005. She gained her PhD in Sociology from University of Copenhagen in 2010.

Marie has published on issues such as reported street viloence, violence, rape, sexual health prevention, female sex tourism, prostitution, criminal masculinities and methodologies in contested fields with a particular emphasis on violence and emotional transgressions, gender and sexuality.

Marie’s research is led by a concern to understand societal changes with a focus on embodied conflicts. She has been engaged in understanding how the identity of and interplay between victim and offender often is complex reflecting shifting positions of power. During her research she has developed a profound expertise within sociological micro analysis. Her research is theoretically informed by feminist  with a materialist and spacial orientation, though also covering a wide range of classical sociological theory.

Her PhD on reported rape in Denmark was drawing on extensive research in filed police cases on rape. In 2012 her work was included in the recommendation of the advisory board of the criminal law in Denmark.

Current involvement

Currently Marie is Commissioning Editor of social science and humanities at Hans Reitzels Publishing House/Gyldendal, while she still teaches Sociology at the Department of Political Science. Marie is still actively publishing research and analysis of violence and sexual violence.


She teaches MA-level as well as BA-level courses in Sociological theory, Advanced qualitative methods, Sociology of culture and Feminist theory.


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