Johanna Leinonen completed her PhD degree in History at the University of Minnesota in 2011, with a specialization in Migration History. She is Associate Professor (dosentti) in Research on Multiculturalism at the University of Turku (2016). Currently, Leinonen works as head of project funding at Deaconess Foundation in Helsinki. In Mobile Futures, she acts as the Deputy PI. Her fields of expertise include migration history, mobility studies, forced migration, gender and migration, transnational families, and critical race studies.