Kivistö Hanna-Mari, Yliopistonopetteja/University Teacher

Kivistö Hanna-Mari, Yliopistonopetteja/University Teacher
Valtio-oppi / Political science
Opinkivi 205.1


I am a postdoctoral researcher and university teacher (on research leave in 2018) in Political Science. I received my PhD from the University of Jyväskylä in December 2013. The dissertation analysed political debates on the right to asylum with a particular focus on the parliamentary and constitutional context of early West Germany.

My postdoctoral project, funded by Kone Foundation (2016-18), focuses on the politics of human rights. It looks at disputes around the concept of human rights with reference to forced migration in the frameworks of the UN and the Council of Europe.

During 2018-2021 I am a management committee member of the COST network ”Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe” and a vice leader of its working group Concepts.

Research Areas

My research areas include human rights and ways to understand human rights from a political perspective, migration, political theory, conceptual history, rhetoric and parliamentary studies.

The Relevance and Benefits of my Research

The research examines human rights debates with particular reference to asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and stateless persons. By investigating disputes and interpretations of human rights, and the role of human rights in varying contexts and constellations, it provides politically important analyses and readings with both present day and historical relevance.

Publications (in Tutka database)