Contact: Department of Cultures, North American Studies, Ari Helo, P.O. Box 59, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland / Ari Helo email at ari.helo[at]helsinki.fi / Ari Helo cell: +358-44-2803885.

North American Studies at the University of Helsinki represents a multidisciplinary approach to both American and Canadian history and culture. Our teaching and research include North American politics, literature, environmental history, media studies, popular culture, and indigeneous studies. The University of Helsinki is the only one in Finland to offer teaching up to Ph.D. degree in North American Studies. We offer our teaching under the Cultural Studies B.A. Program and the Area and Cultural Studies M.A. Program at the University Helsinki. (Neither of those have a website in English.)

Most of our teaching in North American Studies in Helsinki is held in Finnish, but for courses in English, see the Opetus/Teaching page. https://blogs.helsinki.fi/pohjois-amerikan-tutkimus/opetusteaching/


Mikko Saikku, McDonnell Douglas Professor of American Studies (Expertise: North American Studies, Environmental History, Southern Studies) Contact: mikko.saikku[at]helsinki.fi LINK: https://tuhat.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/mikko-saikku(03561749-4974-49cb-8217-074f5606e989).html

Ari Helo, Senior University Lecturer in North American Studies, 2017-2020 (Experise: The American Founding Era, American Politics, Methodology) Contact: ari.helo[at]helsinki.fi LINK: http://helsinki.academia.edu/AriHelo

Our next Fulbright Bicentennial Professor for American Studies, 2020-21 will be Mark Hersey. Due to Covid-19 regulations, he will arrive in Helsinki only in January 2021. LINK: https://www.history.msstate.edu/people/mark-d-hersey/

Rani-Henrik Andersson, Senior University Lecturer in North America Studies – on research leave at the University of Helsinki Collegium for 2017-20 (Expertise: Native American Studies,  Minorities, Decolonization, and National Parks) Contact: rani-henrik.andersson[at]helsinki.fi LINK: https://tuhat.helsinki.fi/portal/en/persons/ranihenrik-andersson(b481f43f-ba80-43dd-9a4f-1ade6a6c3401).html

Our program also offers the eldest regular international conference at the University of Helsinki, the biennial Maple Leaf & Eagle Conference in North American Studies.  The 2020 MLE Conference will be held December 9 – 12, 2020: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/maple-leaf-eagle-conference-2020