Ph.D. in History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

- Minors: Sociology and American studies




M.A. in General history, University of Turku, Finland

- Minors: Finnish history, Finnish language, Comparative religion, Gender studies, Psychology, Development studies

- Awarded best Master’s Thesis written in the Department of History, University of Turku, during the year 2002



Post-doctoral researcher, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku, Finland


- Post-doctoral project: “Hierarchies of Desirability: International Marriages in Immigration Discourses in Finland, 1982-2008”

- Organized the conference Immigrants and Civil Society” (16th Nordic Migration Research Conference & 9th ETMU Days), held at the University of Turku on August 13-15, 2012. The conference brought together almost 250 migration scholars and experts from 21 different countries

- Leading the graduate seminar Multicultural and postcolonial intersections” together with Dr. Suvi Keskinen (Department of Sociology, University of Turku) during the academic year 2012-2013


Selected employment



Researcher & coordinator, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku, Finland


- Coordinating the project “Multiculturalism as a New Pathway to Incorporation”, funded by the FiDiPro (the Finland Distinguished Professor) program of the Academy of Finland

- Teaching the interdisciplinary research seminar “Seminar on Multiculturalism”



Consultant, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University, USA


- Analyzing U.S. Census data for the project “Gender Ratios and Global Migration, 1850-2000”, directed by Professor Katharine M. Donato

- This is an ongoing research project, funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, the University of Minnesota’s Office of International Programs, the Immigration History Research Center, and the Minnesota Population Center, which describes and analyzes historic shifts in gender balance among international migrations



Research assistant, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, USA


- Different appointments, including analyzing and organizing archival materials for research use; public outreach; organizing two international conferences

- Since 2009, participant in the project “Digitizing Immigrant Letters”, which aims to make available online digitized letters written by and to immigrants from 1850 to the post-World War II era



Research assistant, Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, USA


- Analyzing U.S. census data and census data from 55 countries worldwide for the project “Gender Ratios and Global Migration, 1850-2000” (see above)



Teaching assistant, Department of History, University of Minnesota, USA


- Discussion leader, “HIST1301: U.S. History to 1865”



Assistant, School of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies, University of Turku, Finland


- Student counseling, conference planning 



Researcher, Institute of Migration, University of Turku, Finland


- Compiling a bibliography of studies on multicultural families in Finland, available online

Study abroad



Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, University of Minnesota, USA

- Topic: “Gender and Immigrant Life in Europe and North America”

- Faculty leaders: Donna Gabaccia, University of Minnesota and Mirjana Morokvasic-Müller, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris




Clinton Institute Summer School, University College Dublin, Ireland

- Topic: “Literature of Migration & Ethnicity”

- Faculty leader: Werner Sollors, Harvard University




International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

- University of Minnesota, USA




Erasmus-exchange program

- University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK

Commencement ceremony at the University of Minnesota, April 2011.