Kaisa Snellman is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Saguaro Seminar. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University in 2011, where she was a Ph.D. Fellow at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. At the Saguaro Seminar, she is currently working on growing inequality in social capital and youth civic participation, and on the relationship between community organizations and the civic capacity of urban neighborhoods. Her dissertation examined the spread of neoliberal ideas in Finland and its consequences for organizations and the social structure of the economic elite. She has also published articles on gender stratification in science; the changing role of knowledge production and dissemination in the economy; and the rise of self-service technologies.
Before graduate school, Kaisa worked in the department for investigative journalism in the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in Finland, where she conducted research on insider trading and European Union lobbyist networks. She has also been a columnist in the student newspaper Ylioppilaslehti and competed in white water kayaking and ballroom dancing.