Current teaching: at the Helsinki Summer School, I am teaching Rhetoric-performative post-foundational discourse analysis with Taavi Sundell and international colleagues in 2017 and 2018. See my appointment specific teaching profile here.

I have been teaching Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Department of Political Science, University of Helsinki, (MA/PhD course, each year from 2006–. In addition I have been teaching political theory, comparative politics, history memory and culture in Europe, urban politics, cultural policy, and interpretive policy analysis, as well as BA and MA and occasional PhD seminars.

Furthermore I have been taking part in planning and management of teaching programmes, such as MA programmes in European and Nordic Studies and Global Politics and Communication at the University of Helsinki.

Supervising students has been one of the nice things about academia. I have supervised a number of PhD thesis, and MA and BA dissertations. I have also worked as a thesis pre-examiner and opponent.


TEACHING (part-time, full courses or regular teaching, excluding occasional lectures):

Complete Courses:

  • Theoretical Studies in Politics, PhD research seminar (Helsinki, Political science 2010-)
  • Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Department of Political Science, University of Helsinki, (MA/PhD course, each year 2006–; additionally, in Finnish at the Helsinki Region Summer School 2010-2012, 2014).
  • Foundations of Political Thought (BA level), in Political Science, University of Helsinki (2015-2017)
  • Comparative Politics (BA level) in Political Science, University of Helsinki (online course, and contact teaching, 2015-2017)
  • History Memory and Culture in Europe (BA-MA-PhD level), in History, University of Helsinki (2015)
  • Metropolitan Politics (MA level) in Public Administration and Organisation Studies, (in Finnish, Helsinki 2012, 2014)
    Interpretive Policy Analysis (MA level) in Public Administration and Organisation Studies (in English, Helsinki 2013)
  • Urban Cultural Policy and Politics (in Finnish), Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä (MA programme on Cultural Policy), 2005–2010.
  • Discourse Analysis: Logics, Hegemony and Ideology, (MA level) Unit of Development Studies, Univ. of Helsinki, 2011
  • Ideologia- ja diskurssianalyysi, Helsinki Summer University, August 2010, May 2011, August 2012; University of Lapland, MELA, September 2010
  • Tackling Derrida, POLITU national doctoral school on political science and IR, 2009
  • Ideology and Discourse Analysis (in Finnish, BA-level), Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, May 2008; (in English) IHME – Methodology Centre for Human Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, March 2008
  • MA Dissertation Seminar (in Finnish,  Helsinki 2010-11) in Public Administration and Organisation Studies,
  • BA Dissertation Seminar (in Finnish, Helsinki 2011-13) in Public Administration and Organisation Studies,
  • MA / PhD level course Ideology and Discourse Analysis, Department of Political Science
  • Course coordinator for Strategic Leadership (2010)
  • Urban Cultural Policy and Politics, (in Finnish)
  • Introduction to Research in Cultural Policy,
  • MA dissertation seminar in Cultural Policy with Anita Kangas (in Finnish, Jyväskylä 2009);

Other visiting lectures and courses:

  • Helsinki Summer School, University of Helsinki 2012-2013
  • IHME visiting lectures on Ideology and Discourse Analysis and Foucault in 2009
  • Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Visiting lectures 2006-2010
  • Seminars: Introduction to Discourse Theory (in Hungarian), Mouffe and Radical Democracy (in English) Centre for Political Discourse Studies, Institute for Political Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (regular seminar in 2005-06)
  • Introduction to European Politics, Department Of Government, University of Essex, Graduate teaching assistant (part time, 2002–2004) for undergraduate course

Research supervision of doctoral students:

  • Kaisa Savolainen (co-supervisor, with Lea Pulkkinen and Jarl Wahlström),
    University of Jyväskylä 13.11.2010
    Education as a Means to World Peace: The Case of the 1974 UNESCO Recommendation
  • Hanna Laako (co-supervisor, with Teivo Teivainen),
    University of Helsinki 6.5.2011
    Globalization and the Political – in the Borderlands with the Zapatista Movement
  • Kanerva Kuokkanen (co-supervisor, with Stefan Sjöblom and Pertti Ahonen)
    University of Helsinki 15.4.2016
    Developing Participation through Projects? A Case Study from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area
  • Rūta Kazlauskaitė (primary supervisor with Juri Mykkänen)
    University of Helsinki 18.5.2018
    Towards an Embodied History: Metaphorical Models in Textbook Knowledge of the Controversial Polish-Lithuanian Past
  • Laura Sibinescu (co-supervisor, with Mikko Mattila)
    University of Helsinki, to be defended 1.12.18
    Democracy After Accession: Deconsolidation And The Eu’s Domestic Impact In Central And Eastern Europe 

Current PhD students at the University of Helsinki, Dept. of Economic and Political Studies:

  • Halil Gurhanli (1.) with J. Mykkänen: populism in Turkey and Finland
  • Anna Kutkina (1.) with P. Ahonen and M. Kangaspuro: Ukraine during and after Maiden
  • Taavi Sundell (1.) with T. Teivainen: Universities and globalisation
  • Niki Sopanen (2.) with R. Kuusisto: Chino-American conspiration theories
  • Anniina Hyttinen (2.) with Lena Näre: Hungarian political mobilisations in public space


University of Lund, Sweden: Liv Sunnercranz, Hegemony and the Intellectual Function: Medialised Public Discourse on Privatisation in Sweden 1988-1993, 19.12.2017

Pre-examiner of PhD thesis:

  • University of Tampere, Finland: Sauli Ruuska ”Kuolema iltapäivällä” (Death in the afternoon), Department Department of Journalism and Mass Communication,  30.1.2010 (
  • Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki: Ave Ungro,Exploring Crónicas through their value positions.
  • University of Tampere, Finland: Angel Iglesias Ortiz, Exploring Social Objectivity through Hegemony, Antagonism, and Heterogeneity.