Petteri Pietikäinen

Petteri Pietikäinen


History of Science and Ideas


Petteri Pietikäinen attained his PhD at the University of Helsinki in 1999, and was nominated as Adjunct Professor (Docent) in the history of science and ideas in 2003 at the same university. He did his post-doc research in Ireland (University College Dublin), the US (MIT) and, lastly, in Stockholm, Sweden, as a PI of a research project. He has now started a new book project in which he examines adjustment thinking (social, psychologial, "racial") in the 20th -century United States. 

List of recent books (2019 onwards):

Otto Pipatti & Petteri Pietikäinen (red.) [eds], Moral, evolution och samhälle. Edvard Westermarck och hans närmaste krets. Helsingfors: Svenska Litteratursällskap, 2021. [‘Morality, evolution and society: Edward Westermarck and his inner circle’]

Kipeät sielut. Hulluuden historia Suomessa. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2020. [History of Madness in Finland]

Petteri Pietikainen & Jesper Vaczy Kragh (eds), Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe. London: Routledge, 2019.

Research interests

  • History of madness and mental health
  • History of evolutionary theories
  • History of Utopian thought
  • Relations between the human sciences and society