Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Tommi Kotonen is a political scientist and researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Between 2018 and 2021 he worked as a research coordinator of the Academy of Finland profiling area Crises Redefined: Historical Continuity and Societal Change. Kotonen is one of the leading experts on radical nationalist movements in Finland, widely used by the media, and has also worked as a consultant and country expert in several government and NGO projects both in Finland and abroad, including preventive policing units and the Finnish Ministry of the Interior as well as the German Foreign Office. His publications include works on the history of radical nationalist movements, far-right subculture, political violence, and vigilantism. Kotonen’s latest monograph, The Trenches of Politics: Far-right Movements in Finland During the Cold War (Atena, 2018), analyses the development of radical nationalism in Finland during the Cold War, drawing from hitherto unemployed archival material from the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service.
- Political violence
- Political language and rhetoric
- Far-right culture
- Far-right movements