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.

Doctoral Programme for Language Studies
P.O. Box 4
00014 University of Helsinki


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)

Planning Officer
Päivi Väätänen

Supervisors of the Doc­toral Programme in Language Studies

There are more than one hundred researchers in the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies. Their expertise spans an extensive number of languages: Finnish and other Finno-Ugrian languages, Swedish and other Scandinavian languages, minority languages spoken in Finland, English (also English as a lingua franca), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and other Slavonic languages, Baltic languages, Basque, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Bantu languages, all Greek varieties and Latin, Akkadian, Sumerian.  Language studies include also less spoken but typologically interesting languages such as Horpa, Ndebele and Wutu.

Applicant: Available below is a listing of the current supervisors in the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies. 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 is 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.


The Faculty of Arts

Ainiala, Terhi (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Aunio, Lotta (University Lecturer, African Languages and Cultures)
Balode, Laimute (University Lecturer, Baltic Languages and Cultures)
Carlson, Lauri (Professor, Language Theory and Translation)
Chesterman, Andrew (Professor Emeritus, Translation Studies)
Garavelli, Enrico (University Lecturer, Italian Philology)
Gruzdeva, Ekaterina (University Lecturer, General Linguistics)
Grünthal, Riho (Professor, Finnic Languages)
Haakana, Markku (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Halla-aho, Hilla (Researcher, Latin Language)
Hartama-Heinonen, Ritva (University Lecturer, Swedish Translation)
Havu, Eva (Docent, French Philology)
Helkkula, Mervi (Professor, French Philology)
Hiidenmaa, Pirjo (Professor, Finnish Language)
Hiltunen, Turo (University Lecturer, English Philology)
Huttunen, Tomi (Professor, Russian Language and Literature)
Hyvärinen, Irma (Professor, German Philology)
Hämäläinen, Taina (University Lecturer, Spanish Philology)
Härmä, Juhani (Professor, French Philology)
Jaakola, Minna (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Janhunen, Juha (Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Juusola, Hannu (Professor, Semic Languages and Cultures)
Kahlas-Tarkka, Leena (Docent, English Philology)
Kajava, Mika (Professor, Greek and Greek Literature)
Kalliokoski, Jyrki (Professor, Finnish Language)
Kilpiö, Matti (Docent, English Philology)
Kinnunen, Tuija (University Lecturer, German Translation)
Kittilä, Seppo (University Lecturer, General Linguistics)
Komppa, Johanna (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Kopotev, Mikhail (University Lecturer, Russian Language and Literature)
Kovács, Magdolna (University Lecturer, Finno-Ugrian Language Studies)
Kurhila, Salla (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Kärnä, Aino (University Lecturer, German Philology)
Lappalainen, Hanna (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Lauranto, Yrjö (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Laury, Ritva (Professor, Finnish Language)
Lautenbacher, Olli Philippe (University Lecturer, French Philology, Translation Studies)
Lehečková, Helena (University Lecturer, West and South Slavonic Languages and Cultures)
Lehti-Eklund, Hanna (Professor, Scandinavian Languages)
Leino, Jaakko (Professor, Finnish Language)
Leiwo, Martti (University Lecturer, Greek and Greek Literature)
Lenk, Hartmut (University Lecturer, German Philology)
Leppihalme, Ritva (Docent, English translation)
Lindén, Krister (Research Director, Language Technology)
Lindholm, Camilla (University Lecturer, Scandinavian Languages)
Lindstedt, Jouko (Professor, Slavic Philology)
Lindström, Jan (Professor, Scandinavian Languages)
Lindström Tiedemann, Therese (University Lecturer, Swedish Language and  General Linguistics)
Luhtala, Anneli (University Lecturer, Latin Language and Roman Literature)
Länsisalmi, Riikka (University Lecturer, Japanese Language and Culture)
Mauranen, Anna (Professor Emerita, English Philology)
Melo e Abreu, Liisa (University Lecturer, Spanish Philology)
Miestamo, Matti (Professor, General Linguistics)
Mustajoki, Arto (Professor Emeritus, Russian Language)
Mäntynen, Anne (University Lecturer, Finnish Language)
Määttä, Simo (Assistant Professor, Translation Studies)
Nevala, Minna (University Lecturer, English Philology)
Nevalainen, Terttu (Professor, English Philology)
Nikunlassi, Ahti (Professor, Russian Language and Literature)
Nordlund, Taru (Professor, Finnish Language)
Nordman, Lieselott (University Lecturer, Scandinavian Languages)
Onikki-Rantajääskö, Tiina (Professor, Finnish Language)
Pakkala-Weckström, Mari (University Lecturer, English Translation)
Palander-Collin, Minna (Professor, English Philology)
Pasanen, Päivi (University Lecturer, Russian Translation)
Peterson, Elizabeth (University Lecturer, English Philology)
Protassova, Ekaterina (University Lecturer, Russian Language and Literature)
Riiho, Timo (Professor, Iberoromanic Languages)
Saarikivi, Janne (Professor, Finno-Ugrian Language Studies)
Salomies, Olli (Professor, Latin Language and Roman Literature)
Sanromán, Begoña (University Lecturer, Spanish Philology)
Sarasti-Wilenius, Raija (University Lecturer, Classical Philology)
Sironen, Erkki (University Lecturer, Greek and Greek Literature)
Solin, Anna (University Lecturer, English Philology)
Sorjonen, Marja-Leena (Professor, Finnish Language)
Suomela-Härmä, Elina (Professor, Italian Philology)
Svärd, Saana (Assistant Professor, Ancient Middle-East)
Tiedemann, Jörg (Professor, Language Technology)
Tiittula, Liisa (Professor, German Language, Translation Studies)
Tuomarla, Ulla (University Lecturer, French Philology)
Vainio, Martti (Professor, Phonetics)
Marja Vierros (Associate Professor, Classical Philology)
Yli-Jyrä, Anssi (Academy Research Fellow, Language Technology)

The Fac­ulty of Be­ha­vi­oural Sci­ences

Klippi, Anu (Professor Emerita, Speech Sciences)
Vesalainen, Marjo (University Lecturer, University Pedagogy)

The Fac­ulty of So­cial Sci­ences

Peräkylä, Anssi (Professor, Sociology)