Riikka Tuori

university lecturer, Title of Docent

  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)




Research activity per year

Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Research interests

  • Early Modern Judaism
  • Hebrew literature
  • Karaite Judaism
  • Jewish mysticism


University of Helsinki (2008-):

  • Modern Hebrew 1, Modern Hebrew 2, Modern Hebrew 3, Hebrew texts
  • Mishnaic Hebrew
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Introduction to Jewish Mysticism
  • Introduction to Medieval Jewish History
  • Religious Conflicts: Israel and Judaism
  • Religious radicalism
  • Comparative religion: World religions (Judaism)
  • Proseminar, Orientation courses for students

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (2014)

  • Jews in Poland-Lithuania
  • Karaites and Jewish Mysticism
  • Karaites and Jewish Identity
  • Hebrew Debate Poetry

Education and degrees

  • PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, 2013, University of Helsinki
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 2006‒2007
  • MA degree in Semitic languages and cultures, 2005, University of Helsinki

Professional activities

  • Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Seminar für Judaistik, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (2014, three-year contract)
  • Project researcher in the Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East, project funded by the Finnish Academy, 1.1.‒31.12.2013, University of Helsinki
  • University lecturer and teacher in Semitic languages and cultures, 2009‒2010, University of Helsinki

Grants and awards

  • Alfred Kordelin Foundation post doc grant (3 years)
  • Emil Aaltonen Foundation: Grant for young scholars (2008, 2011-2012)
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supported by the State of Israel (2006-2007)
  • Jussi Aro Scholarship for the scholars of Semitic studies (2007)
  • Research Foundation of the University of Helsinki: Grant for young scholars (2006)

Curriculum vitae

PhD Riikka Tuori is a University Lecturer specialized in Jewish studies and working with Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her main research interests include early modern Judaism and Hebrew religious poetry, Finnish Jewish history and Karaite Judaism.

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Hebrew
  • 6121 Languages
  • Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Jewish history

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.