Heini Hakosalo
Senior Research Fellow Heini Hakosalo

Heini Hakosalo

Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow
History of Sciences and Ideas

Biography

I specialise in modern and contemporary history of medicine and health. My most important research projects have dealt with the history of brain sciences, the history of medical education and gender, and the history of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis continues to interest me, both as a public health challenge and as an illness experience. Another current field of interest is the role of longitudinal cohort studies (in particular birth cohort studies) in shaping late 20th- and early 21st century epidemiology. These research projects all highlight, in their different ways, the interaction between social context on the one hand and medico-scientific thought and practice on the other hand.

Research interests

  • History of medicine and health
  • History of science
  • History of modern Europe
  • Contemporary history

Funded research projects

  • Lives over Time: Birth Cohort Studies as a Form of Knowledge-Production, from the Second World War to the Present (Academy of Finland 2019-21)
  • Välitilassa. Halilan tuberkuloosiparantolan elämää 1920-39 [Living and dying at the Halila Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1920-39] (Karjalan Kulttuurirahasto 2017)
  • "The black spot on the TB map of Europe": Tuberculosis in 20th-century Finland (Academy of Finland Research Fellow project 2012–17)
  • Exclusive treatment: The first generations of female physicians in Finland and Sweden (Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2009–11)

Selection of publications

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Vice President, Finnish Historical Society
  • Committee member, National Committee for the History of Science and Technology, Council of Finnish Academies
  • Board member, Finnish Society for Science and Technology Studies
  • Member of the editorial board, European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health
  • Member of editorial board, Kulttuurihistoria – Cultural History (book series)
  • Second editor, Studia Fennica (book series)

Research groups

  • PI, History of Health in Context
  • PI, Lives over Time (Lives)

Thesis supervisions

Ph.D. theses
  • Lauri Moilanen. Hulluus, kuolemankaipuu vai oikotie pelastukseen? Suomalainen suisidaalimurha historiallisena ilmiönä 1690–1820. History of Sciences and Ideas, University of Oulu. Ongoing.

  • Markku Nissinen. Piirilääkärit modernisoituvassa. Piirilääkärien toiminta ja vaiktus Suomessa 1920-luvulta 1940-luvulle. History of Sciences and Ideasm University of Oulu. Ongoing.

  • Eve Hyrkäs. History of Psychosomatic Medicine in Finland. History of Sciences and Ideas, University of Oulu. Ongoing.

  • Kaisa Harju. Importing expertise: Finnish tuberculosis control programme in Somalia, 1980-90. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu. Ongoing.

  • Katariina Parhi. Born to be deviant: Histories of the Diagnosis of Psychopathy in Finland. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu, 2018.

  • Niina Timosaari. Tieteen keinoin yhteiskunnallisen oikeudenmukaisuuden puolesta. Edvard Westermarck ja sukupuolta, seksuaalisuutta ja avioliittoa koskevat lainuudistusvaatimukset [For social justice, by means of research. Edvard Westermarck and legislative reforms pertaining to gender, sexuality and marriage]. Univ. of Oulu, 2016.

  • Katri Helminen. Eläinlääkärikunnan puolesta taistellen. Rainer Stenius toimijana Suomen eläinlääketieteen kentällä 1918-1951 [Battling for the veterinary profession. Rainer Stenius as an actor in the field of Finnish veterinary science, 1918-1951]. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu, 2013.

Licenciate of Philosophy theses
  • Niina Harjunpää. Väistämätön voittokulku vai silkkaa sattumaa? Simone de Beauvoirin Toinen sukupuoli -teoksen vastaanotto Ranskassa vuosina 1949-1968 [An inevitable triumph or a pure coincidence? The reception of Simone de Beauvoir's Second Sex in France, 1949-1968]. History of Science and Ideas, University of Oulu, 2003.

24 MA theses
60 BA theses

Research visits

  • Department of History, University of Stockholm
    1.7.2014 to 30.6.2015