Jari Salminen, PhD, is a university lecturer in history and social studies education, and Docent in educational sciences. His PhD thesis, presented at the University of Helsinki in 2002, was concerned with the structural development of private secondary schools in Finland from 1872–1920. He later studied educational history, the historical formation of school curricula, and development work in schools. He has published several school histories and monographs. Salminen has had many positions of trust within the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Society for the History of Education.