Tenure track professors
Currently three assistant/associate professors (tenure track) form the backbone of Åbo Akademi University’s Minority Studies research profile. They are:
Magdalena Kmak Associate Professor in Minority Studies 1.6.2016–31.5.2020 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business, and Economics.
Dr. Kmak received her PhD in 2009. Her current research focuses on the conceptualisation of undocumented migrants as the new European minority and on the epistemological role of exile for a law. Her research interests encompass new minorities, exile studies and history of migration, public international law, human rights and international and European refugee and migration law. Kmak is team leader and researcher in the Subproject: Migration and the narrative of Europe as an “Area of freedom, security and justice” at the The Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives ( eurostorie.org) at the University of Helsinki.
Pamela Slotte Associate Professor in Minority Studies 1.9.2016–31.8.2020 at the Faculty of Arts, Psychology, and Theology.
Dr. Slotte holds a Doctorate in Theology. She is an Academy research fellow (Academy of Finland 2013-2018), working on a project called “Management of the Sacred: A Critical Inquiry”. She is vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (2018-2025), eurostorie.org. She is also an affiliated senior research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki, and she holds the title of Docent of research in law and religion (University of Helsinki), and of Docent of theological ethics with philosophy of religion (Åbo Akademi University). She is principle investigator in the HERA funded research project Protestant Legacies in Nordic Law: Uses of the Past in the Construction of the Secularity of Law (2016-2019), http://heranet.info/projects/hera-2016-uses-of-the-past/protestant-legacies-in-nordic-law-uses-of-the-past-in-the-construction-of-secularity-of-law/ . Her research interests include issues of religious identity and belonging, national and international legal protection of religious minority positions, religious freedom, non-discrimination, and equality. She has published widely in the field of systematic theology, history of ideas, political theology, the field of law & religion as well as on the topic of human rights from a number of perspectives.
Emmanuel Acquah Assistant Professor in Minority Studies 1.1.2018-31.12.2020 at the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies.
Dr. Acquah’s research focuses on the development of teacher competencies in their work with multicultural/multilingual learners. Most of this work lies in the integration of coursework in culturally and linguistically responsive teaching into teacher preparation and its impact on students’ awareness and practices. His research also focuses on investigating the knowledge of current and practicing teachers regarding culturally and linguistically responsive teaching in order to devise appropriate professional development supports. Currently, he is working on developing an educational language game. Acquah has a multidisciplinary research background in education and social sciences and has a strong background in Mixed-methods research design and data exploration.
Camilla Haavisto Assistant Professor in Minority Studies 1.1.2017–31.12.2017 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business, and Economics and the Faculty of Arts, Psychology, and Theology.