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Samu Niskanen

PhD, Associate professor

  • PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38)



1995 …2021

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Curriculum vitae

Dr Samu Niskanen is Associate Professor of Medieval History. His research is mainly concerned with intellectual life in the Middle Ages and medieval literature, its publication, transmission, and reception, which he has studied in the contexts of letters, monastic theology, and the crusades. His books include The Letter Collections of Anselm of Canterbury (Brepols, 2011), the collaborative edition Ralph von Battle: Dialoge zur philosophischen Theologie (Herder, 2015), and Letters of Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury: The Bec Correspondence (Oxford University Press, 2019).


Niskanen is currently the Principal Investigator of two projects: Medieval Publishing from c. 1000 to 1500, funded by the European Research Council and to end in 2022, and Authorial Publishing in Early Medieval Europe (c. 400–1000), funded by the Academy of Finland and to end in 2023. He manages the Medieval Studies programme, supervises doctoral students, and mentors postdoctoral researchers in the fields of medieval history and medieval Latin literature.

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology