I am a migration historian whose research crosses national and disciplinary boundaries. My research bridges history and social sciences, and I am comfortable working with archival sources, interview materials, and quantitative population data.


My areas of specialization include international marriage migration, transnational families, gender and migration, and highly skilled migration. I have conducted research in the U.S. – mainly in the state of Minnesota, where I did my Ph.D. degree – as well as in my native Finland. You can read more about my background and research interests here.


My current research project is titled “Hierarchies of Desirability: International Marriages in Immigration Discourses in Finland, 1982-2008”. In today’s globalizing world, marriages and other intimate relationships that cross national borders are becoming increasingly common. When a person marries a foreigner, marriage seems to lose its private character and an intimate relationship becomes an object of public discussions and assessments. In the current context of sometimes heated discussions over immigration, family reunification, and marriage migration, it is important to ask what is at stake. Why is it that marriage becomes problematic when a border-crossing is involved?

A picture taken during a research trip to Duluth, Minnesota, USA, in August 2004. The sign says, “Let’s speak Finnish”.