Pertti Ahonen BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, FRHistS
Senior Lecturer; History
- Co-Director, The Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict (CSMC)
Room 1.25, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot PlaceTelephone: 0131 650 3775
Office hours: Thursdays 11am-1pm or by appointment via P.Ahonen@ed.ac.uk
Affiliated research centresCentre for the Study of Modern Conflict
I was born in southern Finland and grew up there, enjoying the snowy winters and mostly non-snowy summers. After two years of university study in Finland, I transferred to the University of Oregon in the United States, where I finished my BA in History and Political Science (summa cum laude) and my MA in European History. I then went on to pursue further study at Yale University. There, I completed my PhD in modern European history under the supervision of Henry A. Turner, Jr. and Paul Kennedy in 1999. After graduation, I was fortunate to find a job at the University of Sheffield, where I taught history until the autumn of 2005. At that point I moved to the University of Edinburgh, where I have been employed ever since, first as Lecturer and then (since 2007) as Senior Lecturer in European History.
Over the years, I have received grants and fellowships from a range of institutions, including the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam (ZZF), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Leverhulme Trust, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, the British Academy, the Academy of Finland, the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Remarque Institute of New York University, the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna and the Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz.
I am on the editorial board of the journal Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. I regularly review article submission for a number of academic journals, including The Journal of Modern History, Central European History, German History, Contemporary European History and European History Quarterly. I also review for book proposals and book manuscripts for several publishers, such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Manchester University Press.