Andrew Nestingen

Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies



My research is organized around the question, How do popular  texts figure in the way people construct, imagine, and regulate their social worlds? Areas of interest include Finland, Nordic cinema, crime fiction, popular culture, and cultural studies. I am currently finishing a book on Aki Kaurismäki's films titled The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki. The book challenges notions of authorship, bohemianism, nostalgia and nationality often associated with Kaurismäki's films. It also includes my interivew of Kaurismäki. A new book Scandinavian Crime Fiction, which I co-edited with Paula Arvas, is due out in early 2011  in the series European Crime Fiction. Exemplary  publications include a special issue of the Finnish journal Lähikuva on Aki Kaurismäki (2010), c0-edited with Henry Bacon and Kimmo Laine, Crime and Fantasy in Scandinavia: Fiction, Film and Social Change (2008), and Transnational Cinemas in a Global North: Nordic Cinema in Transition (2005), co-edited with Trevor Elkington. Another current projects is the Moving Images Research Group (MIRG) at the University of Washington. I was a fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies during 2008-2009. 


I teach courses on Finnish literature and culture, Nordic cinema, cinema and cultural theory.

Finnish Studies

The Finnish program at the University of Washington includes two faculty members, Aija Elg and me. While our courses focus on language, literature and culture of Finland, we are building a multidisciplinary group of scholars on campus whose research ties have connected them to Finland.



Contact Information


Dept. of  Scandinavian Studies

University of Washington

Box 353420

Seattle, WA 98195-3420



Tel + 1-206-543-0645

Fax + 1-206-685-9173


Office: Raitt Hall 305P

Email: akn(at)