Johanna Leinonen


Academy Research Fellow

Tel. +358 (0)400 296 909


Academic Degrees:

  • Title of Docent (Multiculturalism), University of Turku, 2016
  • Doctor of Philosophy (History), University of Minnesota, USA, 2011
  • Master of Arts (General History), University of Turku, 2002


  • Family reunification, transnationalism, multiculturalism, migration history, Finns abroad, international marriages, racialization, gender and migration, multi-methodological research


Mapping the state of migration and integration research in the Nordic countries (NordForsk), bibliography of Finnish migration and integration research, editing FinnForum conference proceedings, interdisciplinary research and publication collaboration, expert assignments

Central Publications:

  • Leinonen, J. "Hierarchies of Desirability: Racialized Cartographies in Media Discourses on Relationships between Finns and Foreigners (1982-1992)." Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, Vol. 12, Issue 2 (2016), painossa.
  • Pellander, S. & J. Leinonen. "'Aidon' avioliiton ehdot: suomalaisten ulkomaalaiset puolisot oleskelulupaa hakemassa." Teoksessa Perheenyhdistäminen: kuka saa perheen Suomeen, kuka ei ja miksi?,  toim. O. Fingerroos, A-M. Tapaninen & M. Tiilikainen, 111-136. Tampere: Vastapaino, 2016.
  • Heikkilä, E., A. Kostiainen, J. Leinonen & I. Söderling (toim.). Participation, Integration, and Recognition: Changing Pathways to Immigrant Incorporation. Turku: Institute of Migration, 2015.
  • Leinonen, J. & M. Toivanen (toim.). "Researching In/visibility in the Nordic Context: Theoretical and Empirical Views." Special Issue, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2014).
  • Leinonen, J. & D.R. Gabaccia. "Migrant Gender Imbalance and Marriage in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Sweden, and Norway, 1860-1910." L'HOMME - European Journal of Feminist History, Vol. 1 (2014), 31-50.
  • Leinonen, J. & S. Pellander. "Court Decisions over Marriage Migration in Finland: A Problem with Transnational Family Ties." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 40, Issue 9 (2014), 1488-1506.
  • Leinonen, Johanna. "One Culture, Two Cultures? Families of Finns in the United States in the Twentieth Century." Teoksessa Finns in the United States: A History of Settlement, Dissent, and Integration, toim. A. Kostiainen, 285-296. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2014.
  • Leinonen, Johanna. "Who Is a 'Real' Finn? Negotiating Finnish and Finnish-American Identity in Contemporary United States." Teoksessa Finns in the United States: A History of Settlement, Dissent, and Integration, toim. A. Kostiainen, 309-316. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2014.
  • Leinonen, J. "'Siellä välillä leijailen tuolla' - Transnationaalin muotoja suomalais-amerikkalaisissa avioliitoissa." Teoksessa Mitä on kulttuuriperintö?, toim.  O. Tuomi-Nikula, R. Haanpää & A. Kivilaakso, 81-105. Helsinki: SKS, 2013.
  • Leinonen, J. "Nordic Region, from Emigration to Immigration." Teoksessa Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, toim. I. Ness & P. Bellwood. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Leinonen, J. "Invisible Immigrants, Visible Expats? Americans in Finnish Discourses on Immigration and Internationalization." Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (September 2012), 213-223.
  • Leinonen, J. "'Money Is Not Everything and That's the Bottom Line': Family Ties in Transatlantic Elite Migrations." Social Science History Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2 (2012), 243-268.
  • Donato, K.M., J.T. Alexander, D.R. Gabaccia & J. Leinonen. "Variations in the Gender Composition of Immigrant Populations: How and Why They Matter." International Migration Review, Vol. 45, No. 3 (Fall 2011), 495-525.
  • Kivisto, P. & J. Leinonen. "Representing Race: Ongoing Uncertainties about Finnish-American Racial Identity." Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2011), 11-33.
  • Leinonen, J. "'A Yankee Boy Promised Me Everything Except the Moon': Changing Marriage Patterns of Finnish Migrants in the U.S. in the Twentieth Century." Teoksessa Finns Abroad: New Forms of Mobility and Migration, toim. E. Heikkilä & S. Koikkalainen, 82-102. Turku: Institute of Migration, Migration Studies C 19, 2011.

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