Johanna Leinonen

PhD, Title of Docent

Academy Research Fellow
Migration and refugee history, multiculturalism, transnationalism

Biography

Johanna Leinonen completed her PhD degree in History at the University of Minnesota in 2011, with a specialization in Migration History. She also holds the Title of Docent in Research on Multiculturalism at the University of Turku (2016). She is Academy Research Fellow at the University of Oulu in the project Refugee Journeys: Narratives of Forced Mobilities (Academy of Finland, 2018-2023). Leinonen also leads the Academy of Finland funded project Postmemory of Family Separation: An Intergenerational Perspective (2019-2023) and the Nordic collaborative project Histories of Refugeedom in the Nordic Countries (NOS-HS 2020-2022). Her research fields include migration and refugee history, transnationalism, gender and migration, international marriages, family migration, and family reunification, as well as critical race and whiteness studies. She has edited several books and published in journals such as the International Migration Review, Journal of American Ethnic History, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, and Social Science History.

Research interests

  • Migration history
  • Forced migration, refugees
  • Transnational families
  • Gender and migration
  • Critical race studies

Research Projects (as PI)

Refugee Journeys: Narratives of Forced Mobilities (Academy of Finland, 2018-2023)

Postmemory of Family Separation: An Intergenerational Perspective (Academy of Finland, 2019-2023)

Histories of Refugeedom in the Nordic Countries (NOS-HS, The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2020-2022). 

 

 

Selected Publications

  • Leinonen, Johanna (2020, tulossa). Gendering Transnationalism: Migration and Mobility in Longue Durée. Nicola Piper & Claudia Mora (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Migration: Global Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Leinonen, Johanna & Saara Pellander (2020, tulossa). Ylirajaiset parisuhteet 1980- ja 1990-luvun mediassa: Valkoisen suomalaisuuden rodullistetut rajat. Suvi Keskinen, Faith Mkwesha & Minna Seikkula (toim.), Rasismi, valta ja vastarinta. Rodullistaminen, valkoisuus ja koloniaalisuus Suomessa. Helsinki: Gaudeamus.
  • Leinonen, Johanna & Saara Pellander (2020). Temporality and Everyday (In)security in the Lives of Separated Refugee Families. Johanna Hiitola, Kati Turtiainen, Sabine Gruber & Marja Tiilikainen (eds.), Family Life in Transition: Borders, Transnational Mobility, and Welfare Society in Nordic Countries. London & New York: Routledge, 118–128. 
  • Leinonen, Johanna (2019). Muuttoliikebibliografia. Migration Bibliography. Migrationsbibliografi. Turku: Siirtolaisuusinstituutti.
  • Leinonen, Johanna & Auvo Kostiainen (eds.) (2019). Transnational Finnish Mobilities: Proceedings of FinnForum XI. Research 3. Turku: Migration Institute of Finland. 
  • Pyrhönen, Niko, Johanna Leinonen & Tuomas Martikainen (2017). Nordic Migration and Integration Research: Overview and Future Prospects. Oslo: NordForsk.
  • Leinonen, Johanna (2017). Hierarchies of Desirability: Racialized Cartographies in Media Discourses on Relationships between Finns and Foreigners (1982–1992). Scandinavian Studies, 89 (2), 217–239.
  • Pellander, Saara & Johanna Leinonen (2016). ”Aidon” avioliiton ehdot: suomalaisten ulkomaalaiset puolisot oleskelulupaa hakemassa. Outi Fingerroos, Anna-Maria Tapaninen & Marja Tiilikainen (toim.), Perheenyhdistäminen: kuka saa perheen Suomeen, kuka ei ja miksi? Tampere: Vastapaino, 111–136.
  • Leinonen, Johanna & Saara Pellander (2014). Court Decisions over Marriage Migration in Finland: A Problem with Transnational Family Ties. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40 (9), 1488–1506.
  • Leinonen, Johanna (2013). ”Siellä välillä leijailen tuolla” – Transnationaalin muotoja suomalais-amerikkalaisissa avioliitoissa. Outi Tuomi-Nikula, Riina Haanpää & Aura Kivilaakso (toim.), Mitä on kulttuuriperintö? Helsinki: SKS, 81–105.
  • Leinonen, Johanna (2012). Invisible Immigrants, Visible Expats? Americans in Finnish Discourses on Immigration and Internationalization. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2 (3), 213–223.
  • Leinonen, Johanna (2012). “Money Is Not Everything and That’s the Bottom Line”: Family Ties in Transatlantic Elite Migrations. Social Science History Journal, 36 (2), 243–268.
  • Donato, Katharine M., J. Trent Alexander, Donna R. Gabaccia & Johanna Leinonen (2011). Variations in the Gender Composition of Immigrant Populations: How and Why They Matter. International Migration Review, 45 (3), 495–525.
  • Kivisto, Peter & Johanna Leinonen (2011). Representing Race: Ongoing Uncertainties about Finnish-American Racial Identity. Journal of American Ethnic History, 31 (1), 11–33.
     

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Professional and community activities

  • Researcher Member, Finnish Historical Society
  • Chairperson, Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU), 2017-2018
  • Treasurer, ETMU, 2013-2016

Projects

Refugee Journeys: Narratives of Forced Mobilities

This project examines journeys memories in narratives of forcibly displaced persons who fled from Soviet-occupied areas in Karelia to the rest of F

Postmemory of Family Separation: An Intergenerational Perspective

The project examines the intergenerational memories and effects of family separation by focusing on 2nd and 3rd generation persons whose families’

Histories of Refugeedom in the Nordic Countries

This workshop series takes first steps towards understanding how histories of forced migrations have shaped the Nordic region.