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Cultural History and European and World History
Professor, PhD

Areas of expertise

Finnish and Nordic history, 19th and 20th centuries
history of historiography
intellectual history
history of emotions
gender history (esp. masculinities)


I began working as a professor in the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku in 1 August 2017, and I will work at this position until 31 December 2021. I obtained my PhD in Finnish and Nordic History at the University of Helsinki in 2005. During 2006–2010, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of History (HU) and in 2010–2015, as Academy Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Economic Studies (HU). In 2014, I was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Political History (HU). I have also held temporary professorships at the University of Tampere (Professor of Finnish History, 2012–2013) and at the University of Turku (Professor of Contemporary History, 2016–2017).


Due to being a professor in Cultural History, I have a large responsibility for the MA studies and the supervision of graduate students in Cultural History. In recent years, I have lectured in basic and special courses, particularly on the history and theory of historiography, the power of visual culture in politics, and the formation of modern state and civil society.


My research interests lie in the modern history of Finland and other Nordic countries. Among my long-term interests is the study of nationalism and cultural radicalism during the "long nineteenth century." I have also focused on the history of welfare state, particularly from the viewpoint of education and the university system. More recently, I have specialised in the history of historiography and the history of emotions.


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