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Markku Kuisma

Eero Markku Sakari Kuisma
Born February 7, 1952, Hyvinkää

Master of Arts, 1978, and Doctor of Philosophy, 1983 (Finnish and Scandinavian History), University of Helsinki

Professor of Finnish and Nordic History, University of Helsinki, 2001–
Department Head, 2005 and Deputy Head 2001-06, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Professor of Finnish History, 1999-2000, University of Turku
Professor of History (fixed-term) , 1989-91, 1995-98 and Associate Professor, 1983, University of Helsinki
Project researcher, Academy of Finland, 1978-82
Head Editor-publicist, Outokumpu PLC, 1985-87
Self-employed, 1988-2004

Research interests:
Power elites, business-state relations, business, bank and industrial history, cold war trade policy and international relations, political and economic history

Publications, research projects and other academic activity

Photo: Ari Aalto
Written by Markku Kuisma (Suvi Uotinen, ed.)
Translated by John Calton

Temporarily employed into his fifties

A career in academia can follow a perfect curve from doctorate to permanent professorship. Just as well it can be intermittent and ‘happen’ amidst other work, as has been the case with Markku Kuisma.

Kuisma was appointed to the chair of Finnish and Nordic History at the University of Helsinki in 2001, just as he was turning fifty. For a number of years prior to that, in fact starting in 1989, he had held down fixed-term professor posts.

In between his years at the University, Kuisma has worked as an elementary school teacher of Finnish and history, as well as the Head Editor-publicist for Outokumpu PLC. From 1988 to 2004, Kuisma was also fully or partially self-employed.

At the end of his studies in 1977, Kuisma became a research assistant at the Academy of Finland. He was soon attached to a research project examining the eighteenth-century hegemony of the Swedish empire. This was a revolutionary experience for Kuisma. While he still planned to be a teacher, his thesis was inspired by his research work at the Academy.

Kuisma’s started working at the age of 16 when he took a summer job working in a park. After that he worked in various jobs alongside his studies, such as an assistant to a surveyor, a roadworker, a dyer’s assistant in a wool factory, a water meter reader, and a construction worker.

Markku Kuisma has worked not only as a researcher, but also as a teacher and publicist.​
Markku Kuisma has worked not only as a researcher, but also as a teacher and publicist.​



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