I am a Researcher in the Politics Programme (International Relations) at Tampere University and an Adjunct Professor (Docent) at the Karelian Institute at the University of Eastern Finland.
Fields of expertise
My research on international politics is situated at the intersection of International Relations, History, Sociology, and Linguistics. I am interested in studying memory and identity in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, political language and foreign policy, interpretive research methodology and methods in political science, and teaching and learning politics.
I also enjoy teaching undergraduate and graduate courses within my research areas and developing new techniques of student-centered teaching and learning. I have taught at Tampere University, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Helsinki, and the University of Vienna, Austria. My teaching philosophy is outlined in my peer-reviewed article entitled Involve me, and I will understand: How to Engage Students in Political Science Classes (Austrian Journal of Political Science, vol. 3, pp. 293–304, 2014). The article is based on the constructivist understanding of teaching and learning, where the focus is moved from a teacher-oriented to a student-oriented learning approach. Under this framework, the teacher is considered no longer an authoritative source but acts as a mentor who supports students’ deep learning. The student’s role accordingly changes from a passive listener to an active constructor of knowledge.