Professor in History of Finland

Kimmo Katajala is Professor of History at the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland and Adjunct Professor (Docent) in History at the Tampere University. Main topics in his publications are social disturbances, history of borders, cartography and state building in the early modern period. In his ongoing projects he is studying the influence of society’s lower strata to the state building processes and urban history in cartography and historical memory.

Contact info


Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies



+358 50 549 3058


Teaching Activities

Kimmo Katajala is teaching at the University of Eastern Finland, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies courses on Finnish history during the early modern period, qualitative methods in historical research, history and its relevance today and paleography (old handwriting). He is the responsible teacher of the master programme in records management and archival sciences.

Societal Activities

Member of the Committe for the Public Information (TJNK).

Research groups and research projects

Leader in project “State-Building from Below in the Nordic Countries (ca 1500–1800)”. In cooperation with Professor Mats Hallenberg, University of Stockholm, Sweden and Professor Knut Dørum, University of Agder, Norway. Funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS). Years 2018-2020.

Leader in project “Vyborg. Historic Towns Atlas”. Editorial board: Professor emerita Marjatta Hietala, Tampere University, Professor Marjaana Niemi, Tampere University, Docent Pirjo Uino, University of Helsinki, Researcher Martti Helminen, Helsinki Town Archives, Researcher Antti Härkönen, University of Eastern Finland. Funded by Karjalan Kulttuurirahasto. Years 2016-2020.

Leader in project “Towns with Twofold Memories. Understanding Twofold Histories of European Border Towns”. In cooperation with Professor Jørg Hackman, University of Szczecin, Poland, University of Greifswald, Germany and Professor Steen Bo Frandsen, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Funded by University of Eastern Finland. Years 2020-2021.

PI of Work Packet II in project “Grand Duchy of Finland as Political Space: A Conceptual History”. Project leader Professor Ilkka Liikanen, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland. Funded by Academy of Finland. Years 2019-2024.

Research groups - UEF