Jason Finch

Jason Finch

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Jason Finch is Associate Professor, English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University, and Principal Investigator for Finland on the ERC-funded project 'Public Transport as Public Space in European Cities: Narrating, Experiencing, Contesting' (PUTSPACE; 2019-22). He has written or co-edited ten books and special issues, including Deep Locational Criticism (Benjamins, 2016), Literatures of Urban Possibility (Palgrave, co-edited, 2021) and The Materiality of Literary Narratives in Urban History (Routledge, co-edited 2020). Jason is a co-founder of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS) and from 2018–21 served as its President. His current research focuses on the literary urban history of London (focusing on representations of housing and public transport), mediations of the urbanity of British and US cities which boomed in the nineteenth century, and the practice of literary urban studies.


Jason Finch was born in London in 1970. In the UK he was educated at the University of Birmingham (BA, 1991) and the University of Oxford (MPhil, 1994). Between 1996 and 1998 he worked as an Assistant Editor on the third edition revisions of the Oxford English Dictionary. From 2002 until 2005 he worked at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University. He has been at Åbo Akademi University since 2005.


Since 2006, Jason has taught courses in every aspect of English literary studies in the department of English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University, at levels ranging from first year to Master's. He has supervised nearly 30 BA and MA theses and nine PhD theses, three as main supervisor (two completed, seven in progress, as of October 2020). He also has university teaching experience in Estonia (Tallinn University) and the UK (Brasenose College, Oxford).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Åbo Akademi University

1 Aug 200515 Apr 2011

Award Date: 15 Jun 2011

Master, University of Oxford

1 Oct 19921 Jul 1994

Award Date: 1 Nov 1994

Bachelor, University of Birmingham

1 Oct 19881 Jul 1991

Award Date: 15 Jul 1991

External positions

Adjunct Professor, University of Turku

1 Jan 2016 → …


  • PR English literature
  • city
  • London
  • urban studies
  • housing
  • transport
  • public space


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