Laura Hekanaho

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Description of research and teaching

I am a post-doctoral researcher interested broadly in sociolinguistics, and particularly in the relationship between identity, gender and language. In my PhD dissertation, I examined generic and nonbinary pronouns in English, focusing especially on language attitudes.

As my first post doc project, I have been investigating gender exclusive language use and language attitudes in Finnish. In additional projects I have explored online identity construction of the LGBTQ+ communities, as well as gendered hateful speech in YouTube comments.

I work both with survey and corpus data, and I am skilled in both qualitative and quantitative approaches, with a particular interest in mixed methods research.

My pronouns are: she/her.

Education information

2008-2012                          BA, German Philology, University of Helsinki

2012-2015                          MA, English Philology, University of Helsinki

2016-2020                          PhD, Language Studies, University of Helsinki


Curriculum vitae

2022-2023                        Postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University (LINDA-project)

2021-2022                        Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä

2018-2021                        Hourly paid teacher at the University of Helsinki

2019 Fall                           Assistant teacher at the University of Helsinki

2019                                 Grant researcher, funded by the Jutikkala Fund

07/2017-12/2018              Salaried doctoral candidate at the University of Helsinki

2017 Fall                            Assistant teacher at the University of Helsinki

2017 May                           Assistant teacher at the University of Helsinki

2015 April-May                  Research assistant at project DYLAPS




External positions

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Jyväskylä

3 May 202131 May 2022

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.