Jason Finch is associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Åbo Akademi University, and principal investigator (Finland) on the European-Research-Council-funded project “Public Transport as Public Space in European Cities: Narrating, Experiencing, Contesting” (PUTSPACE). He has written or co-edited 12 books and special issues, including Literary Urban Studies and How to Practice It (Routledge, 2022) and Deep Locational Criticism (John Benjamins, 2016). Current research focuses on literary London (especially representations of housing and public transport), and on secondary Global North cities and urban regions.
At the Center for the Humanities in autumn 2022 he will be examining urban fragility via the discursive history of St. Louis, its region and broader connections.
Finch was born in London in 1970. In the UK he was educated at the University of Birmingham (BA, 1991) and the University of Oxford (MPhil, 1994), before completing his PhD at Åbo Akademi University in 2011. His revised dissertation was published as a book by Åbo Akademi University Press under the title E.M. Forster and English Place: A Literary Topography. He also holds the title of docent (Finnish dosentti) in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Turku.
Photo portrait by Eva Finch.