People

The teachers in the English studies programme are experienced educators and engaged in research on English linguistics or literature.  They convene specialist courses and research seminars and provide MA thesis supervision.

Ph.D, Professor, Director of the MA programme

Research Interests

  • Language policy and language regulation
  • Normativity in language
  • Discourse studies
  • Genre

Anna Solin online

M.A., Lecturer

Research interests

  • Finnish-English translation
  • Language and culture of the British Isles
  • Spoken English
  • English for special purposes
  • Lexicography

John Calton online

Ph.D, Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

  • English phonology and phonetics
  • Language variation and change
  • Digital Humanities
  • Quantitative methods
  • Digital leaching and learning

Joseph Flanagan online

Ph.D, Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Multimodality
  • Text linguistics
  • Digital humanities
  • Artificial intelligence

Tuomo Hiippala online

Ph.D., Docent, Senior Lecturer

Research interests

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Grammar
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Language of science
  • Digital Humanities

Turo Hiltunen online

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

  • English as a lingua franca
  • Academic discourse
  • Language policing and regulation
  • Spoken interaction

Niina Hynninen online

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Modern drama
  • Drama techniques in language teaching
  • Feminist theory
  • Environmental criticism

Nely Keinänen online

Ph.D., Professor, Director of the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts, and Change in English (VARIENG)

Research interests

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Language variation and change
  • Historical sociolinguistics
  • Digital Humanities

Terttu Nevalainen online

Ph.D., Professor

Research Interests

  • Language variation and change
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • History of English

Minna Palander-Collin online

Ph.D., University Lecturer

Research Interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language variation and change
  • Language attitudes
  • Language contact
  • Discourse-pragmatic variation
  • Varieties of English

Elizabeth Peterson online

Ph.D., Professor

  • Anglo-American fiction and poetry
  • Narrative and rhetoric
  • Cognitive literary studies
  • Speculative fiction
  • Literary urban, animal and plant studies
  • Interpretation, interdisciplinarity, interarts

Bo Pettersson online

Ph.D, Docent, Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

  • Contemporary British and American literature
  • Cognitive literary studies
  • Narratology
  • Science fiction and fantasy literature
  • Literature and the natural sciences

Merja Polvinen online

Ph.D., Docent, Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

  • British literature
  • John Donne
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • Classical rhetoric
  • Literature and religion
  • Medieval and Renaissance England

Maria Salenius online

Ph.D, Docent, Senior Lecturer

Research interests

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Diaspora literature
  • American literature
  • Native North American literature
  • Adoption literature

Mark Schackleton online

Ph.D, Docent, Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

  • American literature
  • Ethics and literature
  • Emotions (especially sympathy and empathy)
  • Disability Studies
  • (Im)migrant literature of the United States (Jewish-American, Chicano/a, etc.)
  • Narrative theory (particularly narrative progression, audience response theories)

Howard Sklar online

Ph.D., Senior Lecturer

  • Pragmatics
  • Genre studies
  • News discourse
  • Historical linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics

Carla Suhr online

Ph.D., Professor

  • Discourse studies and pragmatics
  • Internet pragmatics
  • Applied linguistics
  • Qualitative methods
  • Second language speech and interaction

Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen online

Tia Svanberg

  • Education coordinator (English Studies & LingDA)
  • MA