Dr. Leena Malkki

Leena Malkki

Research Director

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland




Leena Malkki is a historian and political scientist specialized in the study of political violence in Western countries. She is editor-in-chief of Politiikasta, an award-winning Finnish-language journal that aims to popularize social science research for a larger audience, and a convener of the ECPR Standing Group on political violence. Her research interests include the dynamics of political violence, school shootings, and societal resilience against political violence. Malkki is currently leading an externally funded research project which aims to understand why there has been so little political violence in post-war Finland.

Research interests

  • Terrorism and political violence in post-war Europe
  • Radicalisation and countering radicalisation
  • Societal resilience against political violence
  • Social construction of political violence and terrorism in the public and political debate in the Nordic countries
  • Lone actor violence and school shootings

Featured publications

  • Malkki, Leena. 2020. “Learning from the Lack of Political Violence: Conceptual Issues and Research Designs.” Perspectives on Terrorism 14:6.
  • Malkki, Leena. 2020. “Amok – private oder politische Gewalt? School Shootings und die Grenzen der Einzeltäterthese.” Mittelweg 36 (4-5).
  • Malkki, Leena, and Daniel Sallamaa. 2018. “To call or not to call it terrorism: Public debate on ideologically-motivated acts of violence in Finland, 1991-2015.” Terrorism and Political Violence 30:5.
  • Malkki, Leena. “International pressure to perform: Counterterrorism policy development in Finland.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 39: 4.
  • Malkki, Leena. 2016. “School shootings and lone actor terrorism.” In Michael Fredholm, ed., Understanding Lone Actor Terrorism: Past Experience, Future Outlook, and Response Strategies. Routledge.
  • Malkki, Leena. 2014. “Political elements in post-Columbine school shootings in Europe and the United States.” Terrorism and Political Violence 26 (1).