• Western Civilization, World History, United States History
  • American Studies
  • Indigenous issues
  • Migration and ethnic identity, cross-cultural awareness
  • Business English communication and writing skills
  • English as a second language

Recent Publications

  1. “‘Awakening the Racial Spirit’: Indians, Sami, and the Politics of Ethnogrpahic Representation, 1930s-1940s.” American Studies in Scandinavia 51, no. 1 (forthcoming, April 2019).
  2. “Finns and Finnicans: Walter Mattila and the Ethnic Dilemma of Second-Generation Finnish Americans.” Journal of Finnish Studies 20, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 31-54.
  3. “The Business of Electing a President.” European Journal of American Studies special issue: Popularizing Politics: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election [online] 12, no. 2. URL: http://ejas.revues.org/12123.
  4. “Distant Dreams, Different Realities: North American Immigrants Revisit Finland” (pp. 243-252) and
  5. “Help among Nations: The Humanitarian Impulse in American-Finnish Relations” (pp. 253-262). In Finns in the United States: A History of Settlement, Dissent, and Integration, edited by Auvo Kostiainen. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2014.
  6. “Benefitting Finns: How the Finnish Relief Fund of 1939-1940 Impacted American Politics and Society.” Journal of Finnish Studies 13, no. 1 (Summer 2009): 24-31.



Archival Research — migration, ethnic/national identity, indigenous issues, ethnographic representation, cultural preservation, identity politics, transnational connections, World War II and American foreign policy



  • Postdoctoral research at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute
  • Postdoctoral research at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Doctoral research at Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
  • Doctoral research at the Sámi Siida Museum in Inari, Finland
  • Doctoral research at the Finnish National Archives
  • Doctoral research at the Finnish National Board of Antiquities
  • Doctoral research at the Finnish Literature Society
  • Doctoral research at Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland
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