Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a scholar of religion, but my research is characterized by interdisciplinarity approach that combines theoretical insights and methodological tools from both social sciences and humanities. In addition to religiosity, my research interests include such topics as nationalism and migration. My areas of expertise are Islam and contemporary Paganism in Russia. In my current research, I focus on the governance and the representation of Islam in contemporary Russia. In addition, I participate in the project “Migration, Shadow Economy and Parallel Legal Orders in Russia”.  I am co-editing Aleksanteri Insight  and the Religion and Spirituality in Russia & Eastern Europe.  I hold the title of Docent in Study of Religions at the University of Helsinki.

Education information


Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.