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University Lecturer, John Morton Center


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Areas of expertise

North American Studies
Indigenous Studies


Reetta Humalajoki is a University Lecturer in North American Studies and was formerly an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher. She completed her Ph.D. in History at Durham University in 2016, funded by the Osk. Huttunen Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. She joined  She is currently revising her dissertation, titled “Debating Termination: Rhetoric and Responses to U.S. American Indian Policy, 1947-1970,” for publication. Her peer-reviewed article in Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2017) was awarded the Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award by the Western History Association. She has also written blog posts for Antroblogi and U.S. Studies Online. Before joining the JMC, Humalajoki taught at Durham University and the University of Newcastle. In 2017, she was Northumbria University’s Early Career Visiting Fellow in American Studies and a Visiting Research Fellow at the British Library’s Eccles Centre for North American Studies.​


Reetta Humalajoki teaches courses for the North American Studies minor program.

Spring 2021:
Indigenous Identities in North America
Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
Research Seminar
Osmo Film Club


Reetta Humalajoki’s research highlights the intersections between indigenous, North American, and Cold War studies. Her current research project, funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2020), examines the responses of national Indigenous activist organizations to assimilationist policies in both a transnational and comparative context. The project focuses  on the development of U.S. and Canadian national Native organizations and the extent to which these created cross-border networks in the mid-twentieth century. Drawing on both Indigenous studies and Cold studies theory, this research will evaluate the impacts of Native political action on federal policy-making in both countries. She is also interested in contemporary activist movements, U.S. and Canadian domestic policy, oral history, cultural appropriation, and popular representations of race.


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