Expert Directory

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

ahokaspirjo.jpgPirjo Ahokas, Professor Emerita (Comparative Literature, University of Turku)
Book Review Editor, American Studies in Scandinavia

Email: piraho[at]

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

R-HAndersson_pic.jpgRani-Henrik Andersson, Ph.D. (History, University of Tampere), Title of Docent (North American Studies, University of Helsinki)
University Researcher, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Department of Cultures, 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

Bausch_pic.jpgKatharine 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

Bergman_pic.jpgEric 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

Buchowska_pic.jpgZuzanna 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)

Carter_pic.jpgDerrais (D.A.) Carter, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Iowa)
Assistant Professor of Black Studies, Portland State University
2015-16 Fulbright Scholar, Department of North American Studies, Charles University, Prague

Email: derraiscarter[at]

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

MColeman_pic.jpgMichael 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

M.Elo_pic.jpgMaria Elo, D.Sci. (Economics, Åbo Akademi University)
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 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 USA and Europe)

Fehrle_pic.pngJohannes 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

Goings_pic.pngAaron Goings, Ph.D. (History, Simon Fraser University)
Associate Professor of History, Saint Martin's University, USA
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere

Tel. +358-50-437 7151
Email: aaron.goings[at]

American Social and Labor History
Social Movements
Radicalism and Anti-radicalism
Immigration History

Heide_pic.jpgMarkus 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

BH_pic.jpgBenita 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. +358-29-450 2205
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

Henriksson_pic.jpgMarkku 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
Council Member, 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

Holmila_pic.jpgAntero 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

Huhta_pic.jpgAleksi 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

Hämäläinen_pic.jpgKimmo 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)

Kallio_pic.jpgPasi 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)

Kangasniemi_pic.jpgLauri 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

SKekki_pic.jpgSaara 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

Koivusalo_pic.pngAnna Koivusalo, Ph.D. (History, University of Helsinki)
Postdoctoral Researcher, History, University of Helsinki

Tel. +358-41-507 3534
Email: anna.koivusalo[at]

• Nineteenth-century U.S. South
• Civil War and Reconstruction
• Southern Honor
• Emotional History in the U.S.
• Manhood and Masculinity in the U.S.

PKolehmainen_pic.jpgPekka Kolehmainen, M.A. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural History, University of Turku
Chair, PCA-Finland (Suomen Populaarikulttuurin Tutkimuksen Seura)

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

Korkka_pic.jpgJanne 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

Kozak_pic.jpgKryštof 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

Kuebler-Wolf_pic.jpgElizabeth 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)

Kuusinen_pic.jpgAsta 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

Kyyrö_pic.jpgJere 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

Karki_pic.jpgKimi Kärki, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku)
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Cultural History, University of Turku

Tel. +358-50-534 4697
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

OLatva_pic.jpgOtto 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

Leinonen_pic.jpgJohanna 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

JMeriläinen_pic.jpgJuha Meriläinen, Ph.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

Mäkinen_pic.jpgTeemu 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

Nikkola_pic.jpgJari 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

Paju_pic.jpgPetri Paju, Ph.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)

APehkoranta_pic.jpgAnna 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

Pennington_pic.jpgRosemary 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

Rantanen_pic.jpgSaijaleena 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

Reejhsinghani_pic.jpgAnju Reejhsinghani, Ph.D. (History, The University of Texas at Austin)
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA

Email: anju.reejhsi[at]

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

Rossi_pic.jpgLeena-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

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

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

Salmi_pic.jpgHannu Salmi, Ph.D. (General History, University of Turku)
Academy 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

Saxen_pic.jpgHeikki Saxén, Ph.D. (History and Bioethics, University of Tampere)
Researcher, History, University of Tampere

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)

Schackleton_pic.jpgMark 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

SparlingWilliams_pic.jpgStephanie 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

Talatala Airnelabarra_pic.jpgAirnel Talatala Abarra, M.Sc.
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

Toth_pic.jpgGyorgy 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

Ungro_pic.jpgAve 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

Vares_pic.jpgVesa 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

Välimäki_pic.jpgSusanna Välimäki, Ph.D., Title of Docent (Musicology, University of Helsinki)
Senior Lecturer in Musicology, University of Turku

Tel. +358-2-333 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

Winberg_pic.jpgOscar 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




Ahonen_pic.jpgKimmo 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

Batzke_pic.pngIna 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

DBelisle-Wolf_pic.jpgDiane Bélisle-Wolf, M.A.
University Lecturer, French and French Cultural Studies, WHU School of Business, Vallendar &
Ph.D. Candidate, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, 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

Brondal_pic.jpgJørn 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

Butters.jpgAlbion 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

Chernega_pic.jpgJennifer 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

K.Elo_pic.jpgKimmo 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

Farias_Pelcastre_pic.jpgIván Farías Pelcastre, Ph.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)

Fuller_pic.jpgLinda K. Fuller, Ph.D., Professor Emerita (Communications, Worcester State University, U.S.A.)
Recipient of Fulbright awards 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

OHakola_pic.jpgOuti Hakola, Ph.D. (Media Studies, University of Turku)
Academy of Finland Research Fellow, 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

Heikkilä3.jpgNiko 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

Helo_pic.jpgAri Helo, Ph.D. (General History, University of Tampere), Title of Docent (North American Studies,University of Tampere)
University Lecturer in North American Studies, University of Helsinki

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

Hieta_pic.jpgErik 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

Hovi2.jpgTuomas 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

Humalajoki_pic.jpgReetta Humalajoki, Ph.D. (History, Durham University)
Academy of Finland Post-Doctoral Researcher, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku

Tel. +358 (0) 29 450 3894
Email: reetta.humalajoki[at]

• Indigenous Studies
• Modern U.S. and Canadian History
• Political Activism and Social Movements
• Ethnicity, Race, and Identity
• Race in Popular Culture and Cultural Appropriation

Jian-e_pic.jpgLing 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

KKallioniemi_pic.jpgKari Kallioniemi, Ph.D. (Cultural History, University of Turku), Title of Docent (History of Popular Culture, University of Turku)
University Lecturer, Musicology & 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

SKarila_pic.jpgSuvi 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

P.Kilpeläinen_pic.jpgPekka 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

Kokko_pic.jpgJani 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

Kolehmainen_pic.jpgTuula Kolehmainen, M.A. (English Philology, University of Helsinki)
Doctoral Student, Department of Languages (English Philology), University of Helsinki

Email: tuula.kolehmainen[at]

African American Literature

Kostiainen_pic.jpgAuvo 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

Kronlund_pic.jpgAnna 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

Kuosmanen_pic.jpgSonja Kuosmanen, M.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

Kyrölä_pic.jpgKatariina Kyrölä, Ph.D. (Media Studies, University of Turku)
Lecturer, Gender Studies, Åbo Akademi University

Email: kkyrola[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

Kähkönen_pic.jpgLotta Kähkönen, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, University of Turku)
University Teacher, Comparative Literature, University of Turku

Tel. +358-29-450 3454
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

Lahti_pic.jpgJanne 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

Kwangjin Lee_pic.jpgKwangjin 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)

TMantsinen_pic.jpgTeemu 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

Mononen.jpgSini 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

Nava Contreras_pic.jpgNadia 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

_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

JParks_pic.jpgJustin Parks, Ph.D. (English, State University of New York, University at Buffalo)
Associate Professor of American Literature and Culture, Arctic University of Norway

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

Pennanen_pic.jpgHenna-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"

Perry_pic.jpgNicole Perry, Ph.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

_Photo.jpgPaola Raunio,
Ph.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

Roitto_pic.jpgMatti Roitto, Ph.D. (General History, University of Jyväskylä)

Editor in Chief, Jargonia

Tel. +358-40-542 3904
Email: matti.roitto[at]

Anglo-American Relations (political history, foreign policy, international relations)
Anglo-American Atomic Cooperation and Nuclear Weapons (esp. 1940s)
Early Cold War

Ruotsila_pic.jpgMarkku 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

SSalenius_pic.jpgSirpa 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

SSaramo_pic.jpgSamira 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

Schoeppner_pic4.jpgLydia 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

ESiltanen_pic.jpgElina 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

Stranne_pic.jpgFrida 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)

Tiemeyer_pic.jpgPhil Tiemeyer, Ph.D. (American Studies, University of Texas at Austin)
Associate Professor of History, Department of History, Kansas State University, USA

Tel. +1-314-570 7949

  LGBTQ Issues
Civil Aviation Issues (airlines)

Tonnesen_pic.jpgAlf 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

Valovirta_pic.jpgElina 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

Vuorisalo-Tiitinen_pic.jpgSarri 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

Whitney_pic.jpgElizabeth Whitney, Ph.D. (Performance Studies, Popular Culture, and Communication, Southern Illinois University)
Fulbright Scholar 2015-2016, Department of Media Studies, University of Turku

Email: ewhitney[at]

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

Tzu-Chun Wu_pic.jpgJudy 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