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Rani-Henrik Andersson

Andersson A photoPhD (History, North American Studies), University of Helsinki

Room 246

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
P.O. Box 4
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel +358-(0)2941 21725
Email rani-henrik.andersson (AT) helsinki.fi

Research interests

  • North America
  • Indigenous People
  • Dynamic Network Modeling
  • Immigration, Ethnic minorities
  • Philosophy of Action and Mind, ancient and modern


Current research

Social Network Analysis and Computer Modeling in the Study of the Human Past:

Three Case Studies on New Research Methods

Social network analysis (SNA) and computer modeling are one of the most promising areas of inquiry in the social sciences and computer science, and have even more potential in the humanities. Large datasets and new data modeling tools allow people to explore and visualize problems that were previously beyond the grasp of a researcher using traditional methods. These computer tools and research methodologies can be used to better understand historical, anthropological, sociological, and demographic issues in almost any context. They will have a profound impact on, for example, studying human migrations, kinship networks, minority group responses to external pressures, relationships between individuals and institutions, and other questions of complicated human relationships. Dynamic network analysis takes the traditional social network analysis methods a step further by investigating how networks evolve over time.

Andersson's project consists of three case studies that demonstrate the versatility of Dynamic network modeling in different historical and cultural circumstances focusing, for example, the Lakota Indians in the late 19th and early 20th century and Finnish immigration to Sugar Island, Michigan, in the early 20th century.