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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.

Utbildning information

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

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

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

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

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Area and Cultural Studies, Principal Investigator, Helsingfors universitet


  • 616 Övriga humanistiska vetenskaper
  • 6160 Övriga humanistiska vetenskaper

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 2004 2019

Rhetoric of Modern Death in American Living Dead Films

Hakola, O. J., 2015, Bristol, Chicago: Intellect. 175 s. (Studies on Popular Culture)

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The Individualization of Health in Late Modernity

Hakola, O. & Tolvhed, H., 2018, Conceptualising Public Health: Historical and Contemporary Struggles over Key Concepts. Kananen, J., Wessel, M. & Bergenheim, S. (red.). London: Routledge, s. 190-203 14 s.

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Öppen tillgång

Kuolemisen affektiivinen mainonta yhdysvaltalaisten saattohoitokotien markkinoinnissa

Hakola, O., 2018, I : Lähikuva. 31, 3, s. 46-64 19 s.

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Öppen tillgång

Post-Gender Comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Hakola, O. J., 2019, Comedy for dinner and other dishes. Martins, C. P. (red.). Coimbra: IEF Instituto de Estudos Filosóficos, s. 42-61

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

How Pop Can Army Strong Be? Uses of Popular Culture in US Army Recruitment Campaign

Hakola, O., dec 2018, I : The Journal of Popular Culture. 51, 6, s. 1540-1561 22 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Projekter 2011 2022

Constructing Good Death: End-of-Life Issues in Documentaries

Hakola, O.


Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

Creating and Challenging Populist Masculinities

Hakola, O., Salminen, J., Turpeinen, J., Winberg, O. H. B. & Korpijärvi, A.

Helsingin yliopisto


Projekt: Helsingfors Universitetets treåriga forskningsprojekt

The Dark Side of Humour

Korhonen, A., Rossi, L., Hakola, O. & Bottà, G.

01/01/2016 → …

Projekt: Forskningsprojekt

"Life among Death" program for continuing education

Hakola, O.


Projekt: Annan projekt

Aktiviteter 2005 2020

Trent University

Outi Hakola (Besökande forskare)
1 sep 201830 jun 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för besök till extern institutionAkademisk besök på annan institution

Lähikuva (Tidskrift)

Outi Hakola (Chefredaktör)
1 jan 201531 dec 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för peer review av output och redaktionsarbeteRedaktör för vetenskaplig tidskrift

Finnish Society for Cinema Studies (Extern organisation)

Outi Hakola (Ordförande)
1 jan 201131 dec 2013

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

Supervisor of Maude Riverin's Doctoral Thesis

Outi Hakola (Handledare)
2020 → …

Aktivitet: ExaminationstyperHandledare eller bihandledare av doktorsavhandling

The 14th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying & Disposal

Outi Hakola (Talare: Presentation)
4 sep 20197 sep 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

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Kauhuelokuvat ruumiillisena kokemuksena

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Kirja vs. Leffa puheohjelma - aiheena Dracula

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Racism and Mass Shootings in USA

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