Niko Heikkilä

Arcanuminkuja 1


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Areas of expertise
U.S. history; social movements; 1960s; activism; extremism; racism; repression


I am a doctoral candidate in Cultural History at the University of Turku. My doctoral dissertation examines the Klan, the Black Panther Party, and the FBI's counterintelligence from 1964 to 1971, focusing on cultural meanings of change. I have worked as a research assistant at the John Morton Center for North American Studies in an interdisciplinary research project, "U.S. Election Year 2016," during Spring 2016. 

I have also studied the so-called "alt-right" movement in my  article, "Online Antagonism of the Alt-Right in the 2016 Election," published by the European Journal of American Studies (2017).

Together with Maarit Leskelä-Kärki and Marika Ahonen, I was one of the editors of a book centered on the year 1968, titled Toivon ja raivon vuosi 1968 (2019).

In 2019-2020 for a period of 10-months, I was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Fulbright visiting researcher in the department of American Studies.  


My research interests include social movements in the U.S., with a particular focus on reactionary and revolutionary mobilizations of the 1960s and 1970s. I am also interested in issues of social control and repression, the dynamics of social change and reaction, and the interaction between politics and (popular) culture.


In 2018–2019, I was a co-teacher of an MA-level theme seminar about popular culture.

In Fall 2017, I taught the course "Social Movements and Culture during the 20th Century" for undergraduate students. 

I was a teaching assistant in an undergraduate course, "2016 U.S. Presidential Election," at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the fall of 2016.


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