Expert Directory

The JMC Expert Directory features scholars with expertise on the United States, Canada, and Mexico to serve students, media, and community outreach.

Airnel Talatala Abarra, MSc. 

Head Coach in Athletics (Track & Field), Office of Athletics, Ateneo de Davao University 

Email: atabarra[at]

  • Athletics
  • Sport and Society
  • Philippine-United States of America Relations

Pirjo Ahokas​​, ​Professor Emerita (Comparative Literature, University of Turku)

Book Review Editor, American Studies in Scandinavia


  • American Ethnic Minority Literatures (Jewish, African, Asian, and Native American)
  • American Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
  • Multiculturalism in the United States​​

Kimmo Ahonen, Ph.D. (Department of European and World History, University of Turku)

Project Manager, Tampere University of Technology, Pori Department

Tel. +358-40-826 2735
Email: kimmo.ahonen[at]

  • ​U.S. History, Politics, and Culture
  • The Cold War
  • Post-War U.S. Society and Culture
  • Film History
  • Anti-Communism in American Politics and Culture
  • Science Fiction
  • The History of U.S. Presidential Elections 
Rani-Henrik Andersson, Ph.D. (History, University of Tampere), 

Title of Docent (North Amer​ican Studies, University of Helsinki)

Professor of American Studies, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-50-323 3549 
Email: rani-henrik.andersson[at]

  • U.S. History, Politics, and Culture
  • Canadian History, Politics, and Culture
  • Native Americans
  • Environment
  • 2016 U.S. Presidential Election​​​
​​​​Ina Batzke, M.A. (University of Münster, Germany)

Lecturer, English Department, Chair of American Studies, University of Münster, Germany
Freelance Translator/Editor

Email: inabatzke[at]

  • Undocumented (Im)migration
  • Border Studies
  • Political Activism
  • Testimonial Literature/Testimonio
  • Latin American Literature

​Katharine Bausch, Ph.D. (History, York University) 

Assistant Professor, Department of Gender & Women's Studies, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

Tel. +1-705-748-1011
Email: katharinebausch[at]

  • North American Gender and Race
  • North American Social Movements
  • North American Popular Culture​

​​Diane Bélisle-Wolf, M.A.

University Lecturer, French and French Cultural Studies, WHU School of Business, Vallendar
Ph.D. Candidate at the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz                                   Member of the Deutsch-Französisches Doktorandenkolleg in den Geistes-und Kulturwissenschaften Mainz-Dijon, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz 

Tel. + 49-261-952 2758
Email: dbelisle-wolf[at]

  • Ground Zero Literature, 9/11 and its Aftermath
  • Canadian History, Literature, and Culture
  • American Literature and Popular Culture
  • U.S.–Canada Border Studies
  • Comparative North American Studies
  • French and Francophone Literature/Migrant Literature in Quebec
  • Life Writing
  • World Literature

Eric Bergman,M.B.S. (Master of British Studies, Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University in Berlin)

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Comparative Literature Unit, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-45-642 8299
Email: eric.bergman[at]
  • Mexican American/Chicano Literature, Culture, Society, and Politics
  • Multiculturalism in the U.S.
  • Finnish American Culture

Jørn Brøndal, Ph.D. (American History, University of Copenhagen)

Associate Professor, American History, Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark
President of the Danish Association for American Studies

Tel. +45-6550-2190
Email: brondal[at]
  • History and Politics
  • African American History
  • Ethnic History
  • History of Scandinavian Migration to the U.S.
  • Reform Movements in U.S. History
  • Presidential History

Zuzanna Buchowska, Ph.D. (Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

Assistant Professor, Department of Studies in Culture, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

Email: zuzana[at]​

  • Native American Studies
  • Indigenous Food Sovereignty
  • Indigenous Transnationalism
  • Indigenous Education (boarding school history, higher education)
  • Australian Indigenous Studies (education)

Albion M. Butters, Ph.D. (History of Religion, Columbia University)

Lecturer, Comparative Religion, University of Turku
Kone Foundation Researcher

Tel. +358-45-316 9363
Email: albion.butters[at]


  • Religion in the U.S.
  • 2016 U.S. Presidential Election
  • U.S. Popular Culture
  • Comics
  • Buddhism in the U.S.
  • Buddhism in India and Tibet

Derrais (D.A.) Carter, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Iowa)

2015-16 Fulbright Scholar, Department of North American Studies, Charles University, Prague
Assistant Professor of Black Studies, Portland State University

Email: derraiscarter[at]

  • Black Popular Culture
  • Black Masculinity
  • African American History
  • Black Sexuality

Jennifer J.N. Chernega, Ph.D. (Sociology, Loyola University Chicago)

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota

Tel. +011 507-457-5428
E-mail: jchernega[at]

  • Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. and Norway
  • U.S. Voter Disenfranchisement
  • U.S. Housing Segregation
  • Gender Inequality in the U.S.
  • U.S. Racial Inequality in Education
  • U.S. Racial Inequality in Wealth Accumulation

Michael C. Coleman, Ph.D. (American History, University of Pennsylvania)

Professor Emeritus, Department of Languages (English), University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Tel. +358-45-135 7177
Email: Michael.coleman[at]

  • Native American Histories and Cultures
  • History of Cross-Cultural Education (esp. in comparative contexts)
  • Language Changes in Finland and Ireland

Kimmo Elo, D.Soc.Sci. (Political Science, University of Turku), Title of Docent (University of Jyväskylä)

Senior Lecturer, European Studies, University of Turku & German Studies, Åbo Akademi University

Tel. +358-2-215 4522
Email: kimmo.elo[at]

  • Transatlantic Relations
  • The Role of the U.S. in Europe (esp. after WWII)
  • Intelligence Studies
  • The Cold War
  • Computational Linguistic, Content Analysis, Text Mining
  • Network Analysis, Big Networks

Maria Elo, D.Sci. (Economics, Åbo Akademi University)

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Marketing and International Business, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
Visiting Lecturer, University of Bremen
Visiting Lecturer, University of Patras        

Assistant Visiting Professor in International Business, George Washington University (Washington DC, USA)

Tel. +1 202 994 0820
Email: melo[at]

  • International Business and Trade, International Business Networks
  • Global Internationalization
  • Non-Prime Business
  • Transnational Business and Organizations
  • Diaspora and Migration
  • Diaspora Networks, Resources, and Entrepreneurship
  • Bukharian Jewish Diaspora Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Finnish Diaspora Business and Cluster Building in the U.S.
  • Emerging Markets and Diaspora (esp. Central Asian diasporas in the U.S. and Europe)

Iván Farías PelcastrePh.D. (Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham)

Vacation Visiting Research Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford

Email: ivan.fariaspelcastre[at]

  • North American Regional Integration
  • U.S.–Mexico Relations
  • U.S.–Canada Relations
  • Canada–Mexico Relations
  • U.S.–Mexico Border Region
  • North American Agreements on Environmental and Labor Cooperation (NAAEC and NAALC)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Johannes Fehrle, Ph.D. (English, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

Assistant Professor, North American Studies, University of Mannheim

Tel. +49-621-181 3367
Email: fehrle[at]

  • The Western Genre (fiction and film)
  • Adaptation Studies
  • 20th Century Canadian Literature
  • 20th and 21st Century U.S. Literature
  • Digital Media (convergence culture, franchising, transmedia storytelling)
  • Comics and Graphic Novels

Linda K. Fuller, Ph.D., Professor Emerita (Communications, Worcester State University, U.S.A.)

Fulbrights to teach in Singapore and to do AIDS/HIV research in Senegal


  • Gendered Language of Sport
  • Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication
  • Media: Film History, Journalism, Emerging Technologies

Outi Hakola, Ph.D. (Media Studies, University of Turku)

University Lecturer, North American Studies, Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-29-412 2986
Email: outi.j.hakola[at]

  • U.S. Media
  • U.S. Popular Culture (esp. film and television)
  • Death and Dying in the U.S. and Canada
  • Cultural Traumas in the U.S.
  • Violence, Crime, and Prisons in the U.S.
  • Gender Issues in the U.S.
  • 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Markus Heide, Ph.D. (Department of English and American Studies, Humboldt University Berlin)
Senior Lecturer, Swedish Institute for North-American Studies, Uppsala University
Email: markus.heide[at]
  • Comparative American Studies
  • Latino/a Literatures and Cultural Production
  • Travel Writing (from the15th to the 20th Century)
  • Hemispheric American Studies
  • Border Studies
  • American and Canadian Film
  • Popular Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity

Niko Heikkilä, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)

Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-44-380 3333
Email: njheik[at]

  • U.S. History and Culture
  • Social Movements in the U.S.
  • Black Nationalism
  • White Nationalism
  • Social Control

Benita Heiskanen, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Texas at Austin), Title of Docent (American Studies, University of Turku; North American Studies, University of Helsinki)

Director, John Morton Center for North American Studies
, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 6959                                             Email: benita.heiskanen[at]

  • U.S. History, Society, and Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • Latino/as in the United States
  • U.S. Popular Culture and Sport (boxing)
  • U.S.–Mexico Border Region
  • Drug Wars and Femicide in Mexico
  • U.S.Cuba Relations
  • 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Ari Helo, Ph.D. (General History, University of Tampere), Title of Docent (North American Studies,University of Tampere)

Senior University Lecturer, History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu.
Tel. +358-44-280 3885
Email: ari.helo[at]

  • U.S. Politics
  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • American Intellectual History
  • Early American History
  • American Studies Methodology

Markku Henriksson, D.Soc.Sci. (Political History, University of Helsinki), D.Lett., h.c. (Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto), Title of Docent (American and Canadian Studies, University of Tampere)
McDonnell Douglas Chair for American Studies Emeritus, University of Helsinki
Vice-Chair of the Board, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku
Email: markku.henriksson[at]
  • North American History, Politics, Geography, and Art
  • American Studies & Canadian Studies
  • Native American and First Nations History, Culture, and Politics
  • Route 66
  • Trans-Canada Highway

Erik Hieta, Ph.D. (History, University of California, Davis)

Tel. +358-44-208 6030
Email: erik.hieta[at]

  • U.S. History
  • The U.S. and the World since WWII
  • Native American Studies
  • Ethnographic Representation and Indigenous Peoples
  • Finnish American Identities
  • Migration and Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Antero Holmila, Ph.D. in History (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Department of History and Ethnology
Transatlantic Studies Association

Tel. +358 50 3097 643
Email: antero.holmila[at]

  • US Foreign Relations since 1898
  • US in WWII: Isolationism vs. Internationalism
  • US Congress and War
  • Transatlantic Relations
  • Geopolitics
  • FDR Era & Presidency
  • the Cold War and the Politics of Sport
Tuomas Hovi, Ph.D. (Folkloristics, University of Turku) 
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Folkloristics, University of Turku 
Email: tuomas.hovi[at]
  • Finnish American Heritage and Tradition
  • Identity Politics of Finnish Americans in the U.S.
  • Authenticity
  • Folklore
Aleksi Huhta, M.A. (General History, University of Turku)

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of European and World History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-757 5131
Email: alehuh[at]

  • History of Migration
  • Racialism and Racism in U.S./Atlantic History
  • Finnish American History
  • Sociology of Ethnicity/Race

Kimmo Hämäläinen, M.Soc.Sci. (Contemporary History, University of Turku)

Secretary General, Counsellor of Education, Advisory Board for Professional Development in Education, National Board of Education

Tel. +358-40-719 5045
Email: kimmo.hamalainen[at] 

  • U.S. Presidents after WWII (esp. Richard Nixon)
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Détente 1969-1976
  • U.S.–Soviet/Russian Relationship (since 1945)
  • U.S. Popular Culture (westerns, the golden age of Hollywood, John Wayne, Elvis Presley
Ling Jian-e, Ph.D. (English Language and Literature, Nanjing University)

Associate Professor, Hunan University of Science and Technology

Tel. +86-731-5829 1105
Email: lindalje[at]

  • Modernist American Theater
  • Post-9/11 Literature
  • Interculturation of Chinese and American Literature
  • Women's Studies
  • U.S. Literature in Intellectual History

Pasi J. Kallio, Ph.D. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki)
Tel. +358-45-636 2366
  • U.S. History (esp. cultural and intellectual import from Europe to the U.S., Southern History)
  • Elites of the Southern States
  • The American Civil War
  • Sceptical Historiography
  • Literary Theory, Semiotics (esp. narrative in history)

Kari Kallioniemi, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku), Title of Docent (History of Popular Culture, University of Turku)

Project Director and Researcher, Cultural History, University of Turku
Vice-Director, International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC), University of Turku                       President of EPCA (European Popular Culture Association)

Tel. +358-45-260 7968
Email: kari.kallioniemi[at]
  • Anglo Actors and Hollywood Stardom
  • Post-War American Popular Music
  • The First and Second British Invasions in the U.S.
  • U.S. Popular Culture and Psychedelia
  • Anglomania and Anglophobia in the U.S
  • Transatlantic Popular Culture

Lauri Kangasniemi, B.Soc.Sci. (International Relations, University of Tampere)

Student, International Relations, University of Tampere

Tel. +358 40 129 0889
Email: kangasniemi.lauri.j[at]

  • International Trade
  • U.S. Trade Policy
  • U.S. Trade Negotiations

Suvi Karila, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)

Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku

Email: suvi.karila[at]

  • Nonreligion (Atheism, Unbelief, Irreligion) in the U.S.
  • Gender and Nonreligion

Saara Kekki, M.A. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki) 

Ph.D. Candidate, North American Studies, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-44-379 3007
Email: saara.kekki[at] 

  • Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Internment in WWII
  • Minorities in the U.S. and Canada
  • Minority Politics
  • Native American Politics
  • Big Data in Historical Research

Pekka Kilpeläinen, Ph.D. (English Language and Culture, University of Eastern Finland)

Academy Research Fellow, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Tel. +358-50-327 5759
Email: pekka.a.kilpelainen[at]

  •     African American Literature and Culture
  •     Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the U.S.
  •     James Baldwin
  •     Ideology and Utopia
  •     Cultural Memory
  •     Transculturation
Jani Kokko, M.A. (History, University of Jyväskylä) 
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä
Tel. +358-50-341 2860
Email: Jani.t.kokko[at]
  • U.S. Elections and Political System
  • U.S. Presidency
  • American Values
  • U.S. National Security Policy

Pekka Kolehmainen, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)

Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku
Coordinator, PhD Programme in Popular Culture Studies (PPCS)

Email: pmkole[at] 

  • Cultural History of the 1980s in the U.S.
  • Popular Music, Popular Culture, and Audiovisual Media
  • Censorship, Culture Wars
  • Digital Culture and Game Studies

Janne Korkka, Ph.D. (English, University of Turku)

Senior Lecturer, Deparment of English, University of Turku
Coordinator, North American Studies Programme, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 5323
Email: jkorkka[at]

  • Canadian Literature
  • Indigenous Peoples in Canadian and U.S. Literature
  • Space and Place in Literature
  • The Arctic in Literature
  • Writings of the Canadian Prairie

Auvo Kostiainen, Ph.D. (University of Turku), Title of Docent (Travel History, University of Lapland; General History, University of Tampere)

Professor Emeritus, Department of European and World History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-517 4313
Email: aukosti[at]

  • History of Ethnicity and Migration
  • Finns in North America
  • Radical Ethnic Groups in the United States
  • John Morton
  • Finns in the Soviet Union
  • History of Multiculturalism
  • History of Travel and Tourism

Kryštof Kozák, Ph.D. (International Studies, Charles University)
Head of the Department of American Studies, Institute of International Studies, Charles University, Prague
Tel. +420-251-080 449, +421-251-080 250
Email: kozak[at], krystofkozak[at]  
  • U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relations
  • North American Economic Integration and Globalization (esp. the effects on public policy in Mexico and the U.S.)
  • Legal and Illegal Migration from Mexico to the U.S.
  • Drug Trafficking as a Problem of National and International Politics
  • Asymmetric Collective Memory in Mexico and the U.S

Anna Kronlund, Ph.D (Political Science, University of Jyväskylä)

Post-Doctoral Researcher, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku

Email: anna.kronlund[at]

  • U.S. Political System and Culture
  • U.S. Congress and Its Role in US Foreign Policy
  • Decision-making on U.S. Foreign and Domestic Politics
  • Debates on War and Emergency Powers in the United States 

Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D. (American Studies, Art History, Indiana University Bloomington)

Assistant Professor, School of Creative Arts, University of Saint Francis

Tel. +1-260-433 1829
Email: ekueblerwolf[at]

  • Antebellum South
  • Images of Slaves and Slavery
  • Proslavery and Abolitionist Rhetoric
  • American Art History (from colonial time to present) ​

 ​Sonja KuosmanenM.A. (English Philology, University of Helsinki)

Doctoral student, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki

Email: sonja.kuosmanen[at]

  • Political Language and Discourses
  • Political Discourse in the United States
  • Rhetoric of the President of the United States
  • U.S. Foreign Policy Discourse
  • Political Discourse in the U.S. Media

Asta Kuusinen, Ph.D. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki)

University Lecturer in Art Education, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland

Tel. +358-45-639 2980 
Email: asta.kuusinen[at]

  • North American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Chicana Artists
  • Visual Culture and Media
  • New Mexico Cultures and Society
  • Religious Imagery in Contemporary Art
  • History of Documentary and Art Photography
  • Sustainable Development and Education through Art​

Katariina Kyrölä, Ph.D. (Media Studies, University of Turku)

University Lecturer (Media Studies, University of Turku)

Email: jokaky[at]

  • Gender, Sexuality, and "Race" in Contemporary American Popular Culture
  • Feminist Theories of the Body
  • Fat Studies and Fatness in the Media
  • LGBTQ Issues in the U.S.
  • Feminist Studies of Horror and Pornography
  • American B-Movies, Reality Television, and Tabloid Culture

Jere Kyyrö, M.A. (Comparative Religion, University of Turku), M.Soc.Sc. (Sociology, University of Tampere)

Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Religion, University of Turku

Email: jjkyyr[at]

  • Civil Religion Debate in North America
  • Sociology of Religion, Sociological and Anthropological Theories of Religion
  • Religion and Media, Media Rituals
  • Critical Study of Religion
  • Images of The Frontier and Apocalypse in Science Fiction Films and Television 
Lotta Kähkönen, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, University of Turku)

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Gender Studies, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-519 8194
Email: lotkah[at]

  • Contemporary U.S. Literature
  • Race and Gender in U.S. Literature
  • Transgender in Anglophone Literature and Popular Culture
  • Queer Theory and Sexuality

Kimi Kärki, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku)

Coordinator, International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) & Master's Degree Programme on European Heritage, Digital Media, and the Information Society, University of Turku

Tel. +358-50-534 4697, +358-2-333 5890
Email: kierka[at]

  • Popular Music and Stadium Rock Live Performances
  • Music Industry and Touring
  • Digital Gaming, Violence, and Political Satire
  • Conspiracy Theories, Satanism, and Paganism
  • Blockbuster and Horror Films​​

Janne Lahti, Ph.D. (General History, University of Helsinki), Adjunct Professor (Title of Docent) in general history (University of Helsinki)

Finnish Cultural Foundation Fellow, University of Helsinki Editor, American Studies in Scandinavia

Tel.+358-40-744 275                                             Email: janne.lahti[at]

  • U.S. History, Society, and Culture
  • American West
  • Colonialism and Empire
  • Borderlands
  • Native Americans
  • Race, Ethnicity (Whiteness), and Gender (Masculinity)
  • American Film
  • Military History​
Otto Latva, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)

Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 6294
Email: otto.latva[at]

  • Historical Conceptions of the Ocean and the Deep Sea (North Atlantic region)
  • The Sea in North American Culture
  • History of Sea Animals (animals as historical subjects, representations of sea animals, esp. the giant squid)
  • Sixteenth and Eighteenth Century Cultural History
  • History of Science (Zoology; the ocean; and deep-sea exploration)
  • History of Wonder and Monsters
  • History of the Newfoundland Region​
Kwangjin Lee, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Texas at Austin)

Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Soongsil University

Tel. +82-2-820-0339
Email: pynchon69[at]

  • American Literature (Realism and Naturalism)
  • U.S. Business History (large corporations)
  • Management (organizational behavior)

Johanna Leinonen, Ph.D. (History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis)

Senior Researcher, Migration Institute of Finland

Tel. +358-40-5340078
Email: johlei[at]

  • Modern U.S. History
  • Migration History, the United States and Finland
  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States and in Finland
  • Transnationalism, in particular Transnational Families
  • Gender History
  • History of Finnish Emigration
  • Interdisciplinary Research​

Teemu T. Mantsinen, Ph.D. (Comparative Religion, University of Turku)

Researcher, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-527 1746
Email: teemu.mantsinen[at]

  • Pentecostal Religion in North America
  • Finnish Pentecostal Traditions in North America
  • Religion and Politics in the U.S.
  • Religion and Social Class in the U.S.
  • Anthropology and Sociology

Juha MeriläinenPh.D. (Common Church History, University of Helsinki)

Committee Secretary, Church Administration/Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Tel. +358-44-537 0878
Email: juha.merilainen[at]

  • Religious History in the U.S.
  • American Lutheranism
  • Religion and the Cold War
  • The Ecumenical Movement
  • American Churches and the Post-WWII Reconstruction
  • Civil Religion
  • Finnish-American Immigrants
  • Religion and Identity
  • Narrative Methods​

Sini Mononen, M.A. (Musicology, University of Helsinki)

Ph.D. Candidate, Musicology, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-410 3160
Email: siinmo[at]

  • Music and Violence
  • Film Music and Sound
  • Stalking Studies
  • Representations of Violent Experience

Teemu Mäkinen, M.Soc.Sci. (Political Science, University of Jyväskylä)

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Management / Political Science,
University of Tampere

Tel. +358-40-737 0967
Email: makinen.teemu.p[at]

  • U.S. Congress and Presidency
  • The Role of the U.S. Congress in American Foreign Policy
  • Partisanship and Polarization in American Politics
  • U.S. Electoral Politics
  • The U.S. Constitution and Political System
Nadia Nava Contreras, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate,Political History, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-44-333 9767
Email: nadia.navacontreras[at]

  • Mexican Foreign Policy (20th and 21st Centuries)
  • The Interamerican System and Latin America in the United Nations
  • Public Diplomacy and National Imaginaries
  • Transnational History​

Jari Nikkola, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of European and World History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-566 0405
Email: jari.nikkola[at]

  • Immigration History
  • Late Generation European-American Ethnicity
  • Late Generation American Finns
  • Interethnicity of the Upper Midwest
  • Sociology of Acculturation and Ethnicity

_Photo.jpgJopi Nyman, Ph.D. (English, University of Joensuu), D.Soc.Sci. (Sociology, University of Joensuu)

Professor of English, University of Eastern Finland

Tel. +358-50-442 3199
Email: jopi.nyman[at]

  • U.S. Literature and Popular Culture
  • Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
  • American Ethnic Literature
  • American Cultural Studies
  • Human-Animal Studies
  • Migration, Mobility and Globalization in Literature​​
Petri PajuPh.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku)

Reserach Fellow, Cultural History, University of Turku

Email: petpaju[at]

  • History of Computing
  • History of Technology
  • History of Multinational Business (esp. International Business Machines, IBM)
  • U. S. Business in Europe (after WWII)

Justin Parks, Ph.D. (English, State University of New York, University at Buffalo)

Lecturer, Department of English, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 8714
Email: justin.parks[at]

  • American Literature
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • International Modernism
  • African American Literature
  • American Culture in the Great Depression
  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Academic Writing and EFL​
Anna Pehkoranta, Ph.D. (Literature, University of Jyväskylä)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Tel. +358-40-739 0965 
Email: anna.m.pehkoranta[at]

  • Asian North American Literature and Criticism
  • Ethnic Minority Literatures in the U.S.
  • Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary American Fiction and Criticism
  • Transnational and Postcolonial Fiction and Theory in the U.S. Context
  • Feminist, Ecocritical, and Psychoanalytical Literary Criticism in the U.S.
  • Affectivity and Experimentality in Contemporary Asian American Literature

Henna-Riikka Pennanen, Ph.D. (History, Department of History and Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä)

Post-Doctoral Researcher, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku

Tel. +358 (0) 29 450 3098                                       Email: henna-riikka.pennanen[at]

  • 19th Century U.S. History
  • U.S. - East Asia/China Relations
  • Idea of "The West"
  • Conceptual and Intellectual History
  • Images of "The Yellow Peril"

Rosemary Pennington​Ph.D. (Indiana University)

Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Journalism and Film, Miami University

Tel. 513 529 3460, 812 327 3953

Email: penninrm[at]

  • American Journalism
  • Muslims and Media
  • Minorities and Media
  • New Media & Society

Nicole PerryPh.D. (Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto)

Lise Meitner Fellow (FWF), University of Vienna

Tel. +43-1-4277 42208
Email: nicole.perry[at]

  • German/Native American relations
  • North American Indigenous Art
  • North American Indigenous Film
  • German immigrants to North America

​​Saijaleena Rantanen, DMus, M.A. (Music History, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki) 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

Tel. +358 40 710 4200
Email: saijaleena.rantanen[at]

  • Music History of Migrants (North America and Finland)
  • Migration History (North America and Finland
  • Music and Society
  • Transnationalism
  • Interdisciplinary Research

_Photo.jpgPaola RaunioPh.D. (International Relations, University of St. Andrews)

Assistant Professor in International Relations, University of Sharjah

Email: paola.raunio[at] 

  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • The Role of the U.S. in the Middle East
  • U.S.–Iran Relations
  • American In/Security Policies
  • Human Rights
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Imperialism
  • Feminist and Postcolonial Theory 
Anju Reejhsinghani​, Ph.D. (History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, U.S.A.

Email: anju.reejhsi[at]

  • Modern Cuba
  • U.S. - Cuba Relations
  • Transnational Sport (Boxing and Baseball)

Leena-Maija Rossi, Ph.D. (Art History and Women's/Gender Studies, University of Helsinki), Title of Docent (Visual Culture, University of Turku; Gender Studies and Art History, University of Helsinki)

Executive Director, Finnish Cultural Institute in New York

Tel. +1-646-436-8738
Email: rossi[at]

  • Intersectional Study of Genders and Sexualities
  • Queer Studies
  • Visual Culture (esp. media and contemporary art) 
  • U.S. Popular Culture/Film, Television, and Internet Series 

Markku Ruotsila, Ph.D. (History, University of Cambridge)

Adjunct Professor (Docent), North American Church History, University of Helsinki
Adjunct Professor (Docent), American and British History, University of Tampere

Tel. +358-050-431 8747 
Email: markku.ruotsila[at]  

  • U.S. History, Society, and Politics
  • Religion and Politics in the U.S.
  • The Republican Party, Christian Right, and U.S. Conservatism
  • Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism (in the U.S. and worldwide)
  • Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Socialism and the Religious Left in the U.S.
  • U.S. Presidential Elections and Presidential History
  • U.S. Anticommunism and the Cold War
  • Transnational History and U.S. Foreign Relations

Mikko Saikku, Ph.D. (North American Studies, University of Helsinki), Title of Docent (North American Studies, University of Helsinki; Environmental History, University of Tampere)

President, Nordic Association for American Studies (NAAS)                                                     McDonnell Douglas Professor of American Studies, University of Helsinkil

Tel. +358-50-448 4075
Email: mikko.saikku[at]

  • North American History
  • U.S. Society and Culture
  • American Studies
  • Environmental History​

Sirpa Salenius, Ph.D. (English Studies, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu), Title of Docent (English-language Literature and Culture, University of Eastern Finland)

Senior Lecturer, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu

Tel. +358-(0)403 775 389, +39-333-2142465
Email: sirpa.salenius[at]

  •     American Literature
  •     U.S. Culture and Society
  •     Transatlantic Studies; American Artists and Writers in Italy
  •     Travel Writing; Nineteenth-Century American Writing on Finland
  •     African American Literature; Antislavery and Fugitive Slave       Narratives
  •     Race, Ethnicity, and Whiteness
  •     Women’s Studies; Gender and Sexuality
  •     Cosmopolitanism
  •     Space 
Hannu Salmi, Ph.D. (General History, University of Turku)

Professor, Department of Cultural History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-40-7051196
Email: hansalmi[at]

  • Film and Media History
  • History of Popular Culture
  • Hollywood Cinema
  • American and European Cultural Relations

Samira Saramo, Ph.D. (History, York University)

Post-Doctoral Researcher, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku

Email: samira.saramo[at]

  • Canadian History
  • Finns in North America
  • Life Writing and Narrative Analysis
  • History of Death and Grieving
  • Social Movements in Canada and the United States
  • North American Immigrant Experience and Transnationalism
  • Violence Studies
  • Identity, Memory, and Emotion Studies
  • History of Childhood, Youth, and Families in North America

Heikki Saxén, M.A. (History, University of Tampere)

Ph.D. Candidate, History and Bioethics, University of Tampere Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Harvard University

Tel. +358-40-756 8485
Email: heikki.saxen[at]

  • Bioethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Research Ethics
  • History of Bioethics
  • Political Philosophy (esp. John Rawls and Judith Shklar)

Lydia Schoeppner, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Tel. +1-204-881 2551
Email: lydia.schoeppner[at]

  • Inuit Culture and Society (esp. Inuit in Canada)
  • The Inuit Circumpolar Council (esp. Canada and Greenland)
  • Inuit Traditional Knowledge (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit)
  • Indigenous/Inuit Peacemaking; Hybrid Peace
  • Colonization of the Arctic
  • The Role of Institutions for Conflict Transformation
  • Indigenous Research Methodologies 

Mark Shackleton, Ph.D. (American Literature, University of Helsinki), Title of Docent (English Literature, University of Helsinki)

Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages/English, University of Helsinki

Tel. + 358-50-402 8941
Email: Mark.Shackleton[at]

  • Native North American Writing
  • Postcolonial Literatures
  • Trickster Literatures
  • Transcultural and Transnational Adoption

Elina Siltanen, Ph.D. (FT/FD, English, double degree from the University of Turku, Finland and Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Research Grantee), Department of English, University of Turku

Tel. +358 503 268 953                                                                      Email: elina.siltanen[at]

  • Recent and Contemporary U.S. Poetry (esp. Language Writing, Conceptual Poetry)
  • Experimental Poetry
  • Ways of Reading Complex Literature
  • Reading for emotion
  • Literary Criticism

Stephanie Sparling Williams, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Southern California)

John Walsh Fellow (Yale University Art Gallery)

Email: stephanie.sparlingwilliams[at]

  • African American Studies
  • Visual Culture Studies
  • Art History
  • Black and Diaspora Studies
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Phenomenology

Frida Stranne, Ph.D. (Peace- and Development Research, Gothenburg University)

Senior Lecturer, Political Science, University of Halmstad
Visiting Scholar at SINAS, Uppsala University
2013-2014 Visiting Scholar at American University (SIS), Washington D.C. 

Email: frida.stranne[at]

  • History of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Core Ideas in U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Involvement in the Middle East
  • Think Tanks and their Role in Policymaking (esp. foreign policy)
  • Political Development in U.S. Congress and its Relation to the Executive Branch (polarization, influence of money, gerrymandering)

Gyorgy Toth, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Iowa)

Lecturer, History, University of Stirling
Academic Director, Atlantic Studies Program, Division of History and  Politics, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling

Tel. +44-1786-467 573
Email: gyorgy.toth[at] 

  • 20th Century (esp. post-1945 U.S. history)
  • Transatlantic Cultural Relations and Social Movements
  • U.S. Transnational Relations
  • American Indian History
  • U.S. and European Public History and Memory
Alf Tomas Tønnessen, Ph.D. (North-American Area Studies, University of Oslo) 

Associate Professor, American Civilization/English,
Volda University College, Norway

Tel. +47-70-075 456 
Email: toenness[at] 

  • U.S. Political History
  • U.S. Domestic Policy
  • The U.S. Conservative Movement
  • The Republican Party
  • U.S. Presidential Elections

Ave Ungro, M.A. (Spanish Philology, University of Tartu)

Ph.D. Candidate, Latin American Studies, Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki

Tel. +372-5620 1110
E-mail: ave.ungro[at]

  • Contemporary Mexican Journalism
  • Drug Wars in Mexico
  • Discourse Studies
  • Latin American Literary Journalism
  • Latin American Literature 

Elina Valovirta, Ph.D. (English, University of Turku)

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 5325
Email: elina.valovirta[at]

  • ​Anglophone Caribbean Women’s Writing
  • Sexuality
  • Emotions, Affects, and Affect theory
  • Feminist Reader Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anglophone Global Culture
Vesa Vares, D.Soc.Sci. (Political History, University of Turku)

Title of Docent (History of Ideologies and Society, University of Jyväskylä; Finnish History, University of Tampere; History of Ideologies and Political Parties,University of Turku)

Professor of Political History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 5368
Email: vesa vares[at] 

  • U.S. History and Society
  • History of U.S. Presidents and Presidential Elections
  • The Democratic Party
  • The Republican Party
  • Liberalism and Conservatism in the U.S.
  • Representations of U.S. History in Films 

Sarri Vuorisalo-Tiitinen, Ph.D. (Latin American Studies, University of Helsinki)

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Part-time Teacher in Master´s Degree Programme in Intercultural Encounters, University of Helsinki

Email: sarri.vuorisalo-tiitinen[at]

  • Gender and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • Indigenous Movements in Latin America
  • Mexican Zapatista Movement
  • Latin American Literature
  • Mexican Indigenist Writer Rosario Castellanos
  • Latin American Migration to the U.S. and Europe
  • Latin Americans in Finland
  • Bilingualism in Finland (Finnish-Spanish/Portuguese)
  • Critical Discourse Analysis

Susanna Välimäki, Ph.D., Title of Docent (Musicology, University of Helsinki)

Senior Lecturer in Musicology, University of Turku 

Tel. +358-(0)2-333 5218
Email: susanna.valimaki[at]

  • Contemporary American Music (esp. Contemporary Classical Music, Rock Music, and Americana)
  • American Films and Film Music
  • War Films
  • Study of Cultural Trauma
  • War in Music and Sonic Arts
  • Political Art
  • Queer Studies
  • Ecomusicology and Ecocriticism
  • Native American Film 
Elizabeth Whitney, Ph.D. (Performance Studies, Popular Culture, and Communication, Southern Illinois University)

Fulbright Scholar 2015-2016, Department of Media Studies, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 7611                                    ewhitney[at]

  • LGBTQ Media and Politics
  • Queer and Feminist Arts
  • Communication and Public Speaking

Oscar Winberg, M.A. (General History, Åbo Akademi University)

Ph.D. Candidate, General History, Åbo Akademi University

Tel. +358-40-575 4027
Email: owinberg[at]

  • Modern U.S. History
  • U.S. Presidential Elections
  • U.S. Political History
  • U.S. Television
  • Political Cartoons
  • Political Advertising 

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Ph.D. (History, Stanford University)

Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, University of California, Irvine
Co-editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies
Co-Editor of  Gendering the Transpacific World: Diaspora, Empire and Race (book series with Brill)

Email: j.wu[at]

  • Modern U.S. History
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Asian American and Ethnic Studies
  • U.S. Militarism in Asia and the Pacific
  • Political activism
  • Digital Narratives
  • Biography