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Research interests

Modern transnational and global history, internationalism, anti-fascism, anti-racism and resistance to the extreme right and right-wing populism. 


I have specialized in transnational and global history, including left internationalism, international communism, and anti-fascist movements in European and global contexts.


The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation has granted me a 12 month research grant to co-write a monograph with Nigel Copsey: Anti-Fascism: A Global History (Routledge). The book will offer a global analysis of key anti-fascist moments from the 1920s to the present day.

I am co-editor (with Elke Weesjes) of the forthcoming special issue: "Imagining the 20th Century Resistance Fighter: Intersectional perspectives on anti-fascist movements and commemorations” for the peer-reviewed journal: Twentieth Century Communism  (see CFP: <https://networks.h-net.org/node/11082568/pdf>).

I have 2020-2023 participated in the research project "Finland-Swedish Antifascism" (Den finlandssvenska antifascismen) that analyses the history of anti-fascism in Finland from the 1920s to the 1940s. The project investigates how anti-fascism has functioned as a cohesive and dividing force in ethnic minorities. The project is headed by Docent Anders Ahlbäck and it was awarded 400.000 € by the Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS) in November 2017. Within the project, I have worked on liberal and bourgeois anti-fascism among the Swedish-speaking Finns in Finland. In the project, I am co-editing (with Anders Ahlbäck) the anthology: Anti-fascism and Ethnic Minorities (under contract with Routledge) which includes fourteen case studies on the relation between anti-fascist and ethnic identities in Central and Eastern Europe.

Published co-edited volumes/special issues include:

Special Issue of South African Historical Journal: Anti-Fascism in Southern Africa, vol. 74 (1) 2022. 

Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective: Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism (Routledge, 2021)

Anti-Fascism in the Nordic Countries: New Perspectives, Comparisons and Transnational Connections (Routledge, 2019)

I am editorial board member of Twentieth Century Communism and the journal's book reviews editor.

I have peer-reviewed original research articles for the journals: Global Networks (Wiley), Contemporary European History (Cambridge UP), Scandinavian Journal of History (Routledge); and Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies (Brill).

I am an active book reviewer and my reviews have been published in such journals as American Historical ReviewEuropean History Quarterly, History: The Journal of the Historical Association, Twentieth Century Communism, ConnectionsHistorisk Tidskrift för Finland, Finsk Tidskrift, International Newsletter of Communist Studies, and H-Net (H-Socialisms).

Teaching and Supervising

I am currently co-supervisor to two PhD-students who are investigating Nordic fascism and anti-fascism. My teaching has focused on 19th and 20th-century history, global and transnational history, the history of genocide and the Holocaust, fascism and anti-fascism, and the history of famine and famine relief.


Global history; revolutions; protest movements, international communism, antifascism, fascism

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Research residency at Villa Lante, Finnish institute in Rome

16 Jan 20235 Feb 2023

Visiting researcher, Free University of Berlin

1 Dec 201731 Aug 2019

Visiting researcher, Royal Holloway University of London

8 Jan 201623 Mar 2016

Visiting researcher, Free University of Berlin

1 Sept 201431 Aug 2015


  • DD Germany
  • Weimar Republic
  • HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
  • solidarity
  • antifascism
  • DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
  • Comintern
  • DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia


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