Mika Ojakangas

Erik Allardt Fellow, SCAS.
Professor of Political Thought, University of Jyväskylä

Mika Ojakangas received his Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki in 1997. Before his appointment as
Professor of Political Thought at the University of Jyväskylä in 2010, he worked as a Research Fellow of
the Academy of Finland (2005–2010) and of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2002–2005).

Ojakangas’ research areas are continental political theory, the history of political and ethical thought,
conceptual history and political theology. Ojakangas’ books include The Voice of Conscience: A Political
Genealogy of Western Ethical Experience
(2013) and A Philosophy of Concrete Life: Carl Schmitt and the
Political Thought of Late Modernity
(2006). He is a co-editor (with Susanna Lindberg and Sergei Prozorov)
of the volume Europe Beyond Universalism and Particularism (2014).

Ojakangas is currently the director of the project ‘The Intellectual Heritage of Radical Cultural Conservatism’,
financed by the Academy of Finland (2013–2017). He has also been the director of the project ‘Rethinking
Cultural Diversity in Europe: Beyond Universalism and Particularism’, financed by the University of Helsinki

During his stay at SCAS, Ojakangas will work on biopolitics in ancient Greece, focusing particularly on the
political thought of Plato and Aristotle.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2014-15.