Academic Degrees


PhD (Social Anthropology, University of Helsinki)
Making a Communal World: English Merchants in Imperial St. Petersburg.
Graded Eximia


MSocSci (Social Anthropology, University of Helsinki)
What Goes Around Comes Around: community construction and maintenance by expatriate Britons in contemporary Helsinki.
Awarded the University of Helsinki’s Sociology Prize, 2000


BA (majoring in Legal Science, University of Sydney)


Editing Experience

 2010 – present

Self-employed, freelance academic editor

(see Testimonials for a selection of work undertaken)

2013 – present
Participating Manager of Language and Copy Editing
Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art & World

2006 – present
Language / copy editor for Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society

1994 – 2010
Language / copy editor for film scripts, subtitles, and publicity material for Solar Films Production Company, Finland

Academic Writing in English
National Consumer Research Centre, Helsinki
A series of seminar-style, ESL courses on writing articles in English for submission to international journals.

Editor-in-Chief, Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society
During the six years I held this position I published twenty-three issues of this international journal (graded B by the European Science Foundation along with journals such as Theory, Culture and Society), meanwhile introducing a flexible, interdisciplinary editorial policy, with English as the language of publication in order to ensure maximum global circulation. Feedback from scholars who underwent the rigorous submission procedure was always favourable, with mention of both my own input and the professionalism of the journal team often appearing in the acknowledgements of published articles. The all-encompassing nature of the work required critical assessment of scholarly production in a very broad range of research areas, and the skill to supervise revision of scientific writing to extract its greatest potential.

Writing Anthropology in English
A series of seminars I organized in my role as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society in which selected participants from around Finland presented and discussed work in progress. My own input comprised tutorials on writing in the humanities and social sciences followed by detailed, constructive critique of each text and discussion of grammatical and semantic errors common among ESL writers.

Adjunct lecturer – University of Helsinki
Sociology / Social and Cultural Anthropology: a wide range of courses reflecting my own current research interests, with an emphasis on globalization, migration / transnationalism, social memory, foodways, historical ethnography, archival research, the public sphere, discourse circulation, qualitative methods courses, text production, academic writing in English etc.


Academic Publications

“Repatriates or Refugees? Narrating the loss of transnational community.” History and Anthropology, 25 (3)

“Social Memory: Patchwork Fabric from the Roaring Loom of Time.” In On Foreign Ground: moving between countries and categories (eds. Minna Ruckenstein & Marie-Louise Karttunen). Helsinki: Finnish Literary Society (SKS)
“Introduction: Mapping countries and categories” (with Minna Ruckenstein). In On Foreign Ground: moving between countries and categories.

“Bowling Abroad: Reflections on Civil Society and Social Capital.” Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 31 (3&4)

“The British Factory in Imperial St. Petersburg. English civil society in a Russian context: a discourse-centred perspective.” Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 30 (3)

Making a Communal World. English merchants in Imperial St. Petersburg. (Doctoral Dissertation) Research Series in Anthropology 7, University of Helsinki.

“An Introduction to the Theory and Methodology of Greg Urban.” Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 26 (4)