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Research interests

Archaeology in literature; Historical discoveries in novels; Literary cities; Urban planning; Time and place; Liminal spaces; American and Canadian literature; Non-normative sexual identities; Contemporary African American writers, Racial politics in the City, Literary criticism

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Meeria Vesala is a Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature at Tampere University in Finland. She researches the relationship between literature, place and identity. Her work explores fictional worlds and ideas, literary geography and archaeology, contemporary African American writing, philosophy, and literary criticism.

Vesala is the Bibliography Editor and Board Member of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS), the Group Leader of the Literature and Language Theme Group (Langnet), a Member of Writing Urban Places (COST Action 18126), and the Book Club Leader in the League of Finnish American Societies (SAM).

Academic recognition & Awards

Best Graduate Thesis in English Literature in Finland (2018) 
Awarded by the Finnish Society for the Study of English (FINSSE)
NACS/ANEC Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient (2017) 
Unique travel scholarship from the Nordic Association for
Canadian Studies to conduct research in Ontario, Canada.
Scientific Book of the Year, Editor at Vastapaino (2016) 
Copyeditor of the book that won the Scientific Book of the Year Award, handed out by the Federation of Finnish Learned Society.
Awarded publication: Yhteiskunnan tahra by Laitala & Puuronen.
Honor Roll at Emporia State University, Kansas, USA (2013) 
4.0 GPA (5/5) during my Study Abroad semester.
4.7 average (/5) feedback from adult education students, Vamia (2011–2013) 
Students evaluating teacher competence, teaching methods, class materials, and their own educational achievements in the English classes I taught.
Valedictorian, Kastelli Secondary School, Oulu (2006) 
Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship, Year abroad in Ontario, CAN (2004–2005)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, English Language, Tampere University

Award Date: 1 Sep 2026

Master of Arts, English Language, Tampere University

Award Date: 16 Jun 2018

Bachelor of Arts, English Language, University of Vaasa

Award Date: 1 Jun 2013

Emporia State University

7 Jan 201331 May 2013

Award Date: 31 May 2013


  • PE English
  • PR English literature
  • PS American literature
  • F1001 Canada (General)
  • F001 United States local history


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