Reetta Humalajoki

Cultural History and European and World History

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History; North American Studies; Indigenous Studies; Settler Colonialism


Reetta Humalajoki on historia-aineiden yliopisto-opettaja Historian, kulttuurin ja taiteiden tutkimuksen laitoksella.


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.


Before joining the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, I was a University Lecturer on the North American Studies minor program and 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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