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

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Meeria Vesala is a Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature at Tampere University in Finland. She grew up just a few hours south of the Arctic Circle and has travelled to England, Canada and the United States to study and work, most recently for the United Nations in New York. Currently, Vesala conducts academic research in Tampere, a historical city between two large lakes, where she explores the relationship between literature, place and identity. She focuses on analyzing how archaeology is thematized in literature and how archaeological thinking manifests itself in literary criticism. Vesala’s M.A. Thesis “Urban Archaeology in Michael Redhill’s Toronto Novel Consolation” won the main prize in 2016–2018 for an outstanding publication in English Literature in Finland. She is the Bibliography Editor and Board Member of the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS), a Member of Writing Urban Places (COST Action CA18126, Working Group 3: Methodologies), and the Book Club Leader in the League of Finnish American Societies (SAM). Say hello: meeria.vesala@tuni.fi


Best Graduate Thesis in English Literature in Finland (2016–2018)
 Awarded by the Finnish Society for the Study of English (FINSSE) to an outstanding publication in English Literature.

The NACS/ANEC Graduate Student Scholarship (2017)
 A unique travel research scholarship from the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies to conduct research on city literature in Ontario, Canada.

Scientific Book of the Year, Editor at Vastapaino (2016)
 Copyedited a book that was awarded the most prestigious non-fiction literary Prize in Finland, the Scientific Book of the Year Award (Vuoden tiedekirja), handed out annually by the Federation of Finnish Learned Society. Awarded title: ”Yhteiskunnan tahra. Koulukotien kasvattien vaietut kokemukset” by Laitala & Puuronen.

Honor Roll at Emporia State University, Kansas, USA (2013)

Valedictorian, Kastelli High, Oulu, Finland (2007)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, English Language, Tampere University

Award Date: 7 Jun 2025

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

Award Date: 31 May 2013

Matriculation Examination, Kastellin lukio

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007


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


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