My research is organized around the question, How do popular texts figure in the way people construct, imagine, and regulate their social worlds? Areas of interest include Finland, Nordic cinema, crime fiction, popular culture, and cultural studies. I am currently finishing a book on Aki Kaurismäki’s films titled The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki. The book challenges notions of authorship, bohemianism, nostalgia and nationality often associated with Kaurismäki’s films. It also includes my interivew of Kaurismäki. A new book Scandinavian Crime Fiction, which I co-edited with Paula Arvas, is due out in early 2011 in the series European Crime Fiction. Exemplary publications include a special issue of the Finnish journal Lähikuva on Aki Kaurismäki (2010), c0-edited with Henry Bacon and Kimmo Laine, Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia: Fiction, Film and Social Change (2008), andTransnational Cinemas in a Global North: Nordic Cinema in Transition (2005), co-edited with Trevor Elkington. Another current projects is the Moving Images Research Group (MIRG) at the University of Washington. I was a fellow at theHelsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies during 2008-2009.
- Scandinavian Studies