Areas of expertise
I have worked in several multidisciplinary research projects at the school of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku. After earning my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 2012, I have pursued my post-doctoral research in Gender Studies, and worked as university teacher at the department of Comparative Literature. Currently I work at the John Morton Center for North American Studies. I am a research fellow in a Finnish Academy funded project that studies the implications of the Texas state “Campus Carry” gun legislation. The project focuses on people's everyday experiences and changing gendered and spatial dynamics at The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University campuses.
Kähkönen teaches courses in transgender studies and methodological approaches in North American studies.
My research focuses on gender studies, narrative studies and North American Studies. My current research interests include theorization of gender, experience, and embodiment especially in the context of transgender cultural production and U.S. gun culture.