I am Associate Professor (docent) in Nordic history (title awarded by Åbo Akademi University, 2020). In 2008, I defended my dissertation at Lund University, a study of images of Sweden in the Finnish press 1918-1939. Subsequently, I worked at the University of Helsinki as a postdoctoral researcher and in various teaching positions in 2011-2020. My research projects were affiliated with multidisciplinary research units, such as the Centre for European Studies at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Helsinki, and the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the Faculty of Humanities.
The topics of my research deal with the history of ideas and identities as well as the history of minorities. I am interested in conceptual history, and I have applied it to the study of the concept of populism in Finnish political discourse. I have also been interested in ethnic and racial stereotypes, including auto-stereotypes (stereotypes about "us" - self- exotism).
In addition to research and teaching, I draw comics. I am a member of the board of the Finnish Comics Society.
- Elmgren, Ainur (2021) Lost land of bliss : imagined temporalities of the Nordic welfare state. The Nordic economic, social and political model. Koivunen, Anu; Ojala, Jari; Holmén, Janne. - Perspectives in economic and social history. London. 37-61. [Original] [Self-archived]
- Elmgren, Ainur (2021) Skandinaviska socialistiska Sovjetrepubliken - revolutionär utopi för regionalt självstyre 1918-1938. Början på en ny epok: Arbetarrörelsens vägval i nordisk samhällsutveckling under 1920-talet. Kjersti Bosdotter; Lars Ekdahl; Anne Hedén; Aapo Roselius. - Årsbok för Arbetarnas kulturhistoriska sällskap. Huddinge, Arbetarnas Kulturhistoriska Sällskap, Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek. 186-211