Current Research Projects

Campus Carry

The four-year Academy of Finland project (2017–2021) studies the implications of the Texas state “Campus Carry” gun legislation (SB 11) that came into effect on August 1, 2016. Through qualitative and quantitative research, the project focuses on the changing spatial dynamics at The University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Principal Investigator

Benita Heiskanen   Dr. Benita Heiskanen


Albion Butters   Dr. Albion M. Butters

Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen

  Prof. Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen
Pekka Kolehmainen   Ph.D. Cand. Pekka Kolehmainen
Lotta Kähkönen   Dr. Lotta Kähkönen
Sampo Ruoppila   Dr. Sampo Ruoppila

Cuba in Flux: Visualizing Urban Transformation in Havana

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The three-year Kone Foundation project examines visual displays and everyday experiences of urban transformation in Havana from 2019 to 2021.

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Principal Investigator

Benita Heiskanen   Dr. Benita Heiskanen


Nadia Nava Contreras   Nadia Nava Contreras

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  María A. Gutiérrez Bascón
Empty Profile Picture   Larisa Pelle

Tragediauutisoinnin haasteet – median mahdollisuudet käsitellä kouluampumisia

This Helsingin Sanomat Foundation project, which began in January 2019, examines U.S. and Finnish media’s reporting of the 2018 high school shootings in Parkland, Florida. The project produces a new, comparative database on reporting on school shootings and opens up a new avenue for discussing the challenges posed by such reporting. The project considers the tensions between traditional media and social media based #-activism, with concrete suggestions for journalists’ work.


Principal Investigator

Benita Heiskanen   Dr. Benita Heiskanen


Kirsi Cheas   Dr. Kirsi Cheas

Maiju Kannisto

  Dr. Maiju Kannisto

Research Assistant

Jaakko Hirvioja   Jaakko Hirvioja



For more information on our projects - including news and publications - please see the JMC Research website.

JMC Research Network

The JMC Research Network provides a forum to bring together junior and senior scholars from various inter/disciplinary backgrounds studying the United States, Canada,  Mexico, and the Caribbean. It explores interdisciplinary themes dealing with North American Studies and provides resources for students, scholars, and the public.

The network’s activities comprise seminars, roundtables, writing and publishing initiatives, and collaborative project workshops. The JMC Research Network also provides a Directory of Experts (see below) to serve the interests of the public and the media in Finland and abroad.

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