Reetta Humalajoki

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Areas of expertise
History; North American Studies; Indigenous Studies


Reetta Humalajoki is currently a University Lecturer in North American Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in History at Durham University in 2016, funded by the Osk. Huttunen Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. She joined the University of Turku in 2017 as an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher. She is currently revising her dissertation, titled “Debating Termination: Rhetoric and Responses to U.S. American Indian Policy, 1947-1970,” for publication. Her research has been published in Cold War History, Comparative American Studies, and Journal of American Studies. Her peer-reviewed article in Western Historical Quarterly (Winter 2017) was awarded the Bert M. Fireman and Janet Fireman Award by the Western History Association.  Before joining the JMC, Humalajoki taught at Durham University and the University of Newcastle. In 2017, she 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.​


Reetta Humalajoki’s research highlights the intersections between Indigenous, North American, and Cold War studies. Her current research project, funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2020), examines the responses of national Indigenous activist 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 will evaluate the impacts of Native political action on federal policy-making in both countries. She is also interested in contemporary activist movements, U.S. and Canadian domestic policy, oral history, cultural appropriation, and popular representations of race.


Reetta Humalajoki teaches courses for the North American Studies minor program.

Spring 2021:
Indigenous Identities in North America
Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
Research Seminar
Osmo Film Club


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