Reetta Humalajoki

Cultural History and European and World History

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Areas of expertise
History; North American Studies; Indigenous Studies; Settler Colonialism


I work at the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies as a University Teacher of history. I completed my Ph.D. in History at Durham University in the UK in 2016, funded by the Osk. Huttunen Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. I joined the University of Turku in 2017 as an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, and worked at the John Morton Center for North American Studies as a University Lecturer from 2021 to 2022. Before coming to Turku, I taught history courses in the UK at Durham University and the University of Newcastle. In 2017, I was Northumbria University’s Early Career Visiting Fellow in American Studies and a Visiting Research Fellow at the British Library’s Eccles Centre for North American Studies.​ In 2018 I spent time as a Visiting Research Fellow in Canada, at the University of Saskatchewan and at the University of Ottawa.


My research highlights the intersections between Indigenous, North American, and Cold War studies. I am currently revising my dissertation, titled “Debating Termination: Rhetoric and Responses to U.S. American Indian Policy, 1947-1970,” for publication. My article in Cold War History (2020) received an honorary mention by Historians of the Twentieth Century United States and my article in the Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2017) was awarded the Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award by the Western History Association. I have also been published in Comparative American Studies and the Journal of American Studies.

My postdoctoral research, funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2020), examines the responses of national Indigenous organizations to assimilationist policies in both a transnational and comparative context. The project focuses on the development of U.S. and Canadian national Native organizations and the extent to which these created cross-border networks in the mid-twentieth century. Drawing on both Indigenous Studies and Cold War Studies theory, this research evaluates the impacts of Native political action on federal policy-making in both countries. I am also interested in contemporary activist movements, U.S. and Canadian domestic policy, oral history, and popular representations of race, and I am currently developing a new research project related to the appropriation of Indigenous cultures in Finland.


In the academic year 2022-2023 I am teaching the following courses as part of the degree program in History and Archaeology:
The Modern Age
Proseminar and Bachelor's Thesis
Perspectives on Researching Colonialism
Digital History Workshop
Searching for and Evaluating Historical Information

As University Lecturer on the North American Studies minor program from 2021-2022, I taught courses including:
Indigenous Identities in North America
​​​​​​​Tracing U.S. Histories
Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
Research Seminar
Osmo Film Club


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