Need help? Looking for a supervisor? From this page, you'll find the contact information for the administrative personnel the doctoral programme, as well as information on the steering group of the programme and the supervisors of the programme.

Planning officer
Päivi Väätänen


Postgraduate Student Services for the Faculty of Arts (questions related to applying for doctoral study rights, doctoral study rights and the examination of doctoral theses)

The Director of the Doctoral Programme
Professor Kirsi Saarikangas

Steering Committee
Professor Kirsi Saarikangas
Professor Niklas Jensen-Eriksen
University Lecturer Mirkka Lappalainen
Associate Professor Samu Niskanen
Docent Päivi Salmesvuori
Professor Lotte Tarkka
University Lecturer Suzie Thomas
Satu Kankainen, doctoral student
Mari Viita-aho, doctoral student

Persons supervising dissertations within the doctoral programme:

Applicant: Available below is a listing of the current supervisors in the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage. To help you get a better grasp of the research interests of each supervisor, the name of each supervisor has been linked to their research profile in the University’s research database TUHAT. Researchers from outside the listing can be accepted as supervisors if they fill the criteria placed on supervision in the doctoral programme’s selection criteria (see above). Please note that the list is updated manually and we cannot always guarantee that it’s fully up-to-date. When you contact potential supervisors to agree on supervision arrangements, please make sure that the person you have contacted fills the criteria placed on supervision in the programme’s selection criteria. Submitting an application without a preliminary agreement from at least one supervisor, who is in a permanent or long-term employment to the faculty awarding the applicants target degree, is not possible.

Supervisor: Is your name missing from the list? To have it added, please contact the programme’s planning officer Päivi Väätänen ( Supervisors added to the list must either be employed by the University of Helsinki or be someone who, for example, is actively carrying out research on a personal research funding in the University of Helsinki and is willing to take on new doctoral students. If you are no longer a supervisor in the Doctoral Programme, please inform Päivi Väätänen.

Faculty of Arts
Airaksinen, Tiina (University Lecturer, Asian Studies)
Akar, Sylvia (University Lecturer, Arabic and Islamic Studies)
Aunio, Lotta (University Lecturer, African Studies)
Danielsbacka, Mirkka (University Lecturer, History)
Fewster, Derek (University Lecturer, History, Swedish)
Forsén, Björn (University Lecturer, History, Swedish)
Harrison, Klisala (Academy Research Fellow, Musicology)
Holmberg, Eva Johanna (Academy Research Fellow, Cultural History)
Jensen-Eriksen, Niklas (Professor, Business History)
Kajava, Mika (Professor, Greek Language and Literature)
Kettunen, Harri (University Lecturer, Latin American Studies)
Kolbe, Laura (Professor, European History)
Korhonen, Anu (University Lecturer, Area and Cultural Studies)
Korpisaari, Antti (University Lecturer, Area and Cultural Studies)
Lahelma, Antti (University Lecturer, Archaeology)
Lahti, Janne (Academy Research Fellow, General History)
Lahtinen, Anu (Professor, Finnish History)
Lappalainen, Mirkka (University Lecturer, History)
Lavento, Mika (Professor, Archaeology)
Luhtala, Anneli (University Lecturer, Latin Language and Roman Literature)
Lukkarinen, Ville (Professor, Art History)
Luukkanen, Arto (University Lecturer, Russian Studies)
Marjomaa, Risto (University Lecturer, General History)
Meinander, Henrik (Professor, History, Swedish)
Mikkeli, Heikki (Professor, General History)
Moisala, Pirkko (Professor, Musicology)
Niskanen, Samu (Associate Professor, Medieval History)
Olsson, Pia (University Lecturer, Ethnology)
Peltonen, Markku (Professor, General History)
Pietilä-Castrén, Leena (University Lecturer, Classical Archaeology)
Pärssinen, Martti (Professor, Latin American Studies)
Räsänen, Elina (University Lecturer, Art History)
Saarikangas, Kirsi (Professor, Art History)
Saastamoinen, Kari (University Lecturer, History)
Saikku, Mikko (Professor, American Studies)
Salmi-Niklander, Kirsti (University Lecturer, Folklore Studies)
Salomies, Olli (Professor, Latin Language and Roman Literature)
Siltala, Juha (Professor, Finnish History)
Sironen, Erkki (University Lecturer, Greek Language and Literature)
Snellman, Hanna (Professor, Ethnology)
Stadius, Peter (Professor, Scandinavian Studies)
Suominen-Kokkonen, Renja (University Lecturer, Art History)
Tandefelt, Henrika (University Lecturer, History, Swedish)
Tarkka, Lotte (Professor, Folklore Studies)
Thomas, Suzie (Professor, Cultural Heritage Studies)
Tikkanen, Bertil (University Lecturer, South Asian Studies)
Tolonen, Mikko (Associate Professor, Digital Humanities)
Wolff, Charlotta (Academy Research Fellow, History)
Zeiler, Xenia (Associate Professor, South Asian Studies)

The Faculty of Law
Kekkonen, Jukka (Professor, Legal History)

The Faculty of Theology
Heikkilä, Tuomas (University Lecturer, Church History)
Kärkkäinen, Pekka (University Lecturer, Systematic Theology)
Pesonen, Heikki (University Lecturer, Study of Religions)
Pulkkinen, Risto (University Lecturer, Study of Religions)
Sakaranaho, Tuula (Professor, Study of Religions)
Salmesvuori, Päivi (Docent, Church History)