Dr Anni Kajanus

Dr Anni Kajanus

Visiting Fellow

Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

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English, Finnish, Mandarin
Key Expertise
Culture and Cognition, China, Cooperation, Morality, Emotions

About me

Anni Kajanus is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. She is a cognitive and psychological anthropologist, working at the interfaces between culture and cognition, morality and cooperation. Her regional focus is China, where she has worked on a range of topics including migration, gender, education, and child-development. Most recently, Anni has focused on cross-cultural comparative study of human cooperation, morality and emotional life. Currently Anni is leading a project that brings together ethnographic and experimental approaches, to investigate the role of irritation in human sociality across 5 countries (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Finland, Sri Lanka, China). This work is funded by ERC Starting Grant and Academy of Finland. Visit the project website.  

Prior to joining UH, Anni held the positions of Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, LSE, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology, Harvard. Anni received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Helsinki. Anni is the author of Chinese Student Migration, Gender and Family.

Expertise Details

Culture and Cognition; Anthropology of China; Emotions; Cooperation; Morality; Personhood; One-child Policy; Kinship; Gender; Education; Child Development

My research