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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Outi Hakola is a docent in Area and Cultural Studies (University of Helsinki) and a docent in societal media studies (University of Turku). Currently, she is a Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Area and Cultural Studies (University of Helsinki). Her expertise includes cultural studies, film and television studies, death studies, and  humour studies. She is expert in mediatisation of death and dying, cultural theories, narratology, and art criticism.


Her background is in film, television and literature studies. She has Master’s of Arts degrees in both Media Studies (2005) and Comparative Literature (2003) from the University of Turku, where she defended her dissertation, Rhetoric of Death and Generic Addressing of Viewers in American Living Dead Films, in 2011. After her PhD she worked at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies as a programme coordinator for Human Mortality project (2011-2013), at the Department of Radio-Television-Film (University of Texas at Austin, United States) as visiting researcher (2013-2014), and as a university lecturer in North American Studies (Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki, 2014-2017).


Her research concentrates on questions of death, dying and mourning in films, television and social media. Her ongoing research project, Constructing Good Death (2017-2022), deals with documentary films on end-of-life issues. She is also the principal investigator of the research project Creating and Challenging Populist Masculinties (2018-2020) which looks at the intersection of politics and gender in contemporary society.

Education information

Doctor of Philosophy, Media Studies, University of Turku (2011)

Education information

Master of Arts, Media Studies, University of Turku (2005)

Education information

Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, University of Turku (2003).

Education information

Pedagogical Studies, University Pedagogy, University of Turku (2005).

Education/Academic qualification

Area and Cultural Studies, Principal Investigator, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 26 Oct 2015

External positions

Title of Docent, University of Turku

13 Aug 2018 → …

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Cultural studies
  • Film studies
  • Death Studies

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.