Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

My research focuses on the history of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (Conference and CSCE prior to 1995) in the 1990s as well as Finnish and Russian foreign policy during this period. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the 1995-1996 Finnish-Russian Co-Chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group -the diplomatic body responsible for mediating the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

As a historian interested in the policy relevance of my research, I attempt to get out of the archives as much as possible and cooperate with historically minded political scientists. My overall research portfolio brings me into contact with the contemporary OSCE in a variety of different ways, from OSCE Archive in Prague to the Secretariat in Vienna and field missions in the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

My ability to maintain knowledge of the OSCE as a living body helps nuance my historical research, as well as inform how my historical research can best benefit the OSCE of today as well as societal understandings of the institution. A primary goal of my research is to apply my historical knowledge for the public good. For me, this means using prudent historical analysis for both interpreting contemporary events in international relations as well as providing policy advice for decision-makers.

Please have a look at my publications, news clippings, and research activities and I look forward to any comments or questions you may have about my research!

Education/Academic qualification

Political History, Univeristy of Helsinki

1 Aug 20151 Oct 2018

Award Date: 5 Sept 2018

Russian Language, Kazan Federal University

1 Aug 201730 Jan 2018

Award Date: 31 Jan 2018

History, Bates College

1 Sept 201025 May 2014

Award Date: 25 May 2014

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.