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Description of research and teaching

I work as a salaried Doctoral Candidate in Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage since January 2021. My supervisors are Elise Garritzen and Heikki Mikkeli.

In my research, I focus on elite undergraduate education in the United States in the Progressive Era through lenses of race and gender. I explore the concept of civilization through five single-sex, elite universities and my focus lies especially on how, in the world of undergraduate education, civilization was bound to the gendered and racialized meanings attached to educational ideals. My main objective is to produce understanding of how young men and women both abided by the ideals and tried to re-negotiate their limits.

In my dissertation I ask, how women and men students observed their studies, their future, as well as their duties in society. Also, I explore, how they constructed, challenged, and re-negotiated the attributes and meanings associated with whiteness. Why were education and discourse on civilization intertwined?

My perspective comes from the world of cultural history. More broadly, I am interested in the concepts of power and whiteness as cultural constructions, as well as the history of the United States in the Progressive Era.

Education/Academic qualification

History, Master of Arts, University of Helsinki

19 Jun 201810 Jun 2020

Award Date: 10 Jun 2020

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Harvard University

1 Sep 202130 Jun 2022

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Cultural History
  • United States