FASA Board (2022-2023)

The FASA Board is elected in the annual general meeting. All FASA members can candidate themselves to become members of the board! For further information, contact FASA through fasafinland@gmail.com.

Members of the FASA board 2022-2023 were elected in the annual general meeting held on 11.2.2022 (online).


Dr. Janne Lahti works at the University of Helsinki, Finland, as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow. He has also taught at the University of Arizona and recently at Free University Berlin. He has been awarded the Fulbright Fellowship, Huntington Library’s Mayers Fellowship, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Distinguished Visiting Fellowship in Perth, Australia. His research focuses on global and transnational histories of settler colonialism, borderlands, the American West, and Nordic colonialism. He has edited a special issue, with Rinna Kullaa, on “Finland and Colonialism” for Historiallinen Aikakauskirja in 2020 and published six books, including German and United States Colonialism in a Connected World: Entangled Empires (Palgrave, 2021), Cinematic Settlers: The Settler Colonial World in Film, with Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (Routledge, 2020), The American West and the World: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, 2019) and Wars for Empire: Apaches, the United States, and the Southwest Borderlands (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017)

Vice President

Dr. Reetta Humalajoki is a University Teacher of history at the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku. She completed her Ph.D. in 2016 at Durham University. From 2017-2020 she was an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher and from 2021-2022 a University Lecturer at the John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku. Over the years, she has been a visiting research fellow at Northumbria University (2017), the British Library’s Eccles Centre for North American Studies (2017), the University of Ottawa (2018), and the University of Saskatchewan (2018).​ Her research focuses on Indigenous political agency and policy-making in the United States and Canada, and she is also interested more broadly in activism and social movements, race and solidarity, and cultural appropriation. Her 2020 article in Cold War History was awarded an article prize honorary mention by the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States. Her work has also been published in Comparative American StudiesJournal of American Studies, and Western Historical Quarterly.


Anni Calcara is currently working as a university teacher of English language and culture at the University of Eastern Finland. She is a doctoral candidate and has previously worked as a grant researcher with grants from The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s North Carelia Regional Fund as well as the Finnish Concordia Fund. Calcara received her Master in Arts degree with a major in English Language Culture from the University of Eastern Finland in June 2018. As a minor, she completed the subject teacher’s pedagogical studies. Calcara started her doctoral studies in the Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE) program in January 2019. The initial title of her dissertation is “Impact Left Behind: Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’s Left Behind Franchise as an Ideological and Social Phenomenon”. In her article-based dissertation Calcara will examine the relationship between religious popular culture and ideology, and the influence religious popular culture products have in a society.


Dr. Tuula Kolehmainen defended her Ph.D. dissertation, “Like Men They Stood”: Black Male Vulnerability as Resistance to Stereotypes in Fiction Written by African American Women, in the field of English in June 2022 (University of Helsinki). Her dissertation focuses on fiction written by African American female authors from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. In addition, she has published an essay on Jhumpa Lahiri’s short fiction in theKeltaiset esseet collection (2016), an article on Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby in the journal American Studies in Scandinavia (2018), and her chapter on Toni Cade Bambara’s short fiction was published in the anthology Mediating Vulnerability: Comparative Approaches and Questions of Genre (2021) by UCL Press.Kolehmainen is currently in the process of developing her postdoctoral project, ”Playing with Power and Vulnerability in Autobiographical Works of African American Stand-Up Comedians,” and works as an adjunct lecturer at the John Morton Center for American Studies (University of Turku). 

Board Member

Dr. Pekka Kilpeläinen works as a university lecturer in English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland. He has recently been working as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow, focusing on the narratives of cultural memory in contemporary African American fiction. His research interests include the literatures and cultures of the black diaspora, the intersectionalities of the categories as race, sexuality, and gender, utopian studies, and cultural trauma. His book Postcategorical Utopia (Peter Lang, forthcoming) charts the political unconscious of the utopian impulse towards alternative futures in James Baldwin’s fiction. His most recent article “When the Utopian Impulse ‘Fails’: Queer Spatialities of Traumatic Cultural Memory in Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits” (2021) appears in Atlantic Studies: Global Currents. His articles have also been published in such journals as Amerikastudien/American Studies and The European Journal of American Studies, and in several anthologies, including The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature (2020). 

Board Member

Dr. Sirpa Salenius is Associate Researcher at LARCA (Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones, Paris, France), External Affiliate at the University College London Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation (London, UK), and affiliated with the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu, Finland). She is Editorial Board Member of international academic journals and Advisory Board Member at the University of Massachusetts Slavery North initiative. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, among them the 2020-21 Terra Foundation for American Art Senior Fellow (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.), and Kone Foundation award (2007, 2009). Her research focuses on race, gender, sexuality, and space studies. Her publications include such monographs as An Abolitionist Abroad: Sarah Parker Remond in Cosmopolitan Europe (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016) and Rose Elizabeth Cleveland: First Lady and Literary Scholar (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She has edited several essay collections, among them Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century (New York: Routledge, 2019), co-edited with Verena Laschinger, and Race and Transatlantic Identities (London: Routledge, 2017), co-edited with Elizabeth T. Kenney and Whitney Womack-Smith.

Board Member

Nina Öhman is a member of the FASA board (2022-2023)

Board Member

Iina Hakola is a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki. She received her Master in Arts degree with a major in general history in 2017. Hakola started her studies in the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage in August 2020. The initial title of her dissertation is ”Emotions and Intimate Colonialism – Maternalist Women Reformers and Indigenous Peoples in the American West, 1879–1934”. In her dissertation she is going to focus on the actions and emotions between social reformers and indigenous peoples in the American West. She received a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation in February 2022.