Anni Kajanus

Associate Professor

  • PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)




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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Anni Kajanus is a cognitive and psychological anthropologist, working at the interfaces between culture and cognition, morality and cooperation. Her regional focus is China, where she has worked on a range of topics including migration, one-child policy, gender, education, and child-development.

Her most recent research brings together methods and approaches from anthropology and psychology, for a comparative study of human social and cognitive development across cultural-historical contexts, including cooperative behaviours, morality, emotional life, etc. Currently Anni is leading two projects that investigate the role of irritation in human sociality, funded by ERC Starting Grant, and Academy of Finland.

Before joining UH, Anni held postdoctoral fellowships (Marie Sklodowska-Curie; Leverhulme) at the Department of Anthropology, LSE, and the Department of Psychology, Harvard.

Anni received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Helsinki, MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and BA in Anthropology from the University of Kent.

Anni is the author of Chinese Student Migration, Gender and Family.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Univeristy of Helsinki

M.Sc., University of Amsterdam

BA, University of Kent

External positions

Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics

1 Jan 202431 Dec 2027

Fields of Science

  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • Cognitive anthropology
  • China
  • Morality
  • Migration
  • Kinship
  • Personhood
  • Cooperation
  • Competition
  • Conflict
  • Culture and ontogeny
  • Education

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.