Jason Finch

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Personlig profil


I am Associate Professor in the department of English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University. My thirteen authored or co-edited books and special issues include 'Mediating and Representing the Slum' (Journal of Urban History, 2023), 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). My current research concentrates on two main areas: the literary urban history of London as mediated through representations of housing and mobilities; and the secondary city in literary urban studies, with a focus on St. Louis, Missouri and the Midwestern USA.

I have been on the editorial board of the Nordic Journal of English Studies since 2021, and in 2023 became one of the three editors of Nordic Irish Studies.

Visiting research positions internationally have included extended periods at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK (2013), and the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, UK (2014), as part of my postdoc, and as an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Center for the Humanities connected with the Divided City Initiative at Washington University St. Louis, USA (2022). I have also been a visiting researcher at the Centre for Mobility Humanities (MoHu) at the University of Padua, Italy, for spells in 2020 and 2022.


A Londoner originally, I took my BA at the University of Birmingham (1991) and my MPhil at the University of Oxford (1994). In the 1990s and 2000s I worked on the revision of the Oxford English Dictionary, as a London advertising executive and then as a lecturer at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia. I came to Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU) in 2005 and defended my PhD thesis here in 2011. From 2012-15 I held an Academy of Finland postdoctoral research position. In 2016 I gained the title of Docent in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Turku and then in 2016 I became a tenure-track Assistant Professor at ÅAU, rising to Associate Professor in 2019.


Since 2006 I have 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. I have supervised over 30 BA and MA theses and nine PhD theses, three as main supervisor (two completed, seven in progress, as of October 2020). I also have university teaching experience in Estonia (Tallinn University) and the UK (Brasenose College, Oxford).

Expertis relaterad till FN:s globala mål för hållbar utveckling (SDG:er)

2015 godkände FN:s medlemsstater 17 globala mål för en hållbar utveckling (SDG:er), för att utrota fattigdomen, skydda planeten och garantera framgång för alla. Denna personens arbete bidrar till följande SDG(:er):

  • SDG 10 – Minskad ojämlikhet
  • SDG 11 – Hållbara städer och samhällen

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Fil. Dr., PhD, English Language and Literature – Åbo Akademi University – Thesis title: 'E.M. Forster and English Place: A Literary Topography'. Supervisor, Roger D. Sell (ÅAU). Pre-examiners: Patrick Parrinder (University of Reading), Philip Gardner (Memorial University of Newfoundland). Faculty opponent: Philip Gardner (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Åbo Akademi

1 aug. 200515 apr. 2011

Tilldelningsdatum: 15 juni 2011

Magister, MPhil, English Studies. Thesis title: 'Richard Hakluyt and the English Nation'. Supervisors John Carey (Merton College, Oxford) and Robert J.C. Young (Wadham College, Oxford), University of Oxford

1 okt. 19921 juli 1994

Tilldelningsdatum: 1 nov. 1994

Fil. kand., BA, English Language and Literature, University of Birmingham

1 okt. 19881 juli 1991

Tilldelningsdatum: 15 juli 1991

Externa befattningar

Docent, Åbo universitet

1 jan. 2016 → …


  • PR English literature


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