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Description of research and teaching

I am a social science historian, who has made several comprehensive studies on media history and intellectual history. As a media historian I have studied the history of television, advertising, journalism and documentary film. As a social historian, I have been interested in intellectual history, culture and student activism, the history of everyday life, the history of consumption and modernisation processes.

My latest book is Media in History. An Introduction to the Meanings and Transformations of Communication over Tim' (Macmillan Ed./Red Globe Press 2019) My other books include two comprehensive studies on the history of Finnish television: Näköradiosta digiboksiin: Suomalaisen television sosiokulttuurinen historia (From Visual Radio to Set-Top Box: The Socio-Cultural History of Finnish television). (Gaudeamus, 2007) and Modernisaatiomurroksen kaupalliset merkit. 60-luvun suomalainen televisiomainonta (The Commercialised Signs of Modernisation. Finnish Television Advertising in the 1960s) (Finnish Literature Society Publishing, 2003). I have also written the history of the student paper Ylioppilaslehti (796 pages), which is not just “any student paper,” but a major Finnish institution that has seen most of Finland’s cultural and political elite pass through its editorial staff in the 20th century.

Currently, I work as University Reseacher at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, where I research and write the history of the Faculty of Social Sciences. I am also the member of the master’s degree programme Society & Change, the steering group of doctoral programme for Philosophy, Arts, and Society and the deputy member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. 

I have been teaching courses on media history, television studies, world politics, integration and globalization, management communication, intercultural communication, qualitative methods, interview studies, history and analysing of advertising, and history of consumption in Finnish universities.

Fields of Science

  • 5201 Political History

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Campaigning between East and West: Finland and the Cold War in the presidential campaign films of Urho Kekkonen

Kortti, J. P. & Lounasmeri, L. I., 2 Jul 2020, In : Cold War History. 20, 3, p. 329-348 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Dreyfusin hengessä Venäjää vastaan Kanava

Kortti, J., 17 Sep 2020, In : Kanava. 2020, 6, p. 55-57 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientific

Nykyinen rahoitusmalli rajoittaa tieteen vapautta

Kortti, J., 23 Mar 2020, In : Helsingin Sanomat. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Valtiotieteet tiedepolitiikan kohteena ja tekijänä

Kortti, J., 11 Mar 2020, In : Tieteessä tapahtuu. 38, 3, p. 33-39 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access

Julkisen palvelun eetosta muuttuvissa mediamaisemissa

Kortti, J., 1 Jul 2019, In : Agricolan kirja-arvostelut.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review (scientific)Scientific

Open Access


Valtiotieteellisen tiedekunnan historia

Kortti, J.


Project: Research project

Ylioppilaslehti 100-vuotta

Kortti, J., Teno, P. & Vainio, A.


Project: Research project

Ääni ja vimma - Media-arjen murros 1960-luvun Suomessa

Peltonen, M., Kilpiö, K., Kuusi, H., Kortti, J. & Laitamo, M.


Project: Research project


Suomen Historiallisen Seuran tutkijajäsen

Kortti, Jukka (Recipient), 9 Nov 2015

Prize: Prizes and awards


The US educational propaganda in Norden during the Cold War

Jukka Kortti (Speaker)

13 Aug 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Studia generalia

Jukka Kortti (Attendee)

3 Mar 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Finsk Tidskrift : kultur, ekonomi, politik (Journal)

Jukka Kortti (Reviewer)

27 Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts


Jukka Kortti (Speaker)

3 Sep 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Kansalliskirjaston DAM-hanke

Jukka Kortti (Consultant)

11 Sep 2020

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Press / Media

Asiantuntijana Yliopisto-lehden artikkelissa "Päin geetä"

Jukka Kortti


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Tekevätkö Suomen ylioppilaslehdet kuolemaa?

Jukka Kortti


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Televisio elää digiajassa

Jukka Kortti


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media