Mika Roinila
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

A native of Finland, Mika Roinila is International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Coordinator at John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana. Mika also serves
as an Adjunct Online Professor of Geography for LeTourneau University in
Longview, TX and Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. He earned his
PhD at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1997 in the field of cultural-
historical geography.  His dissertation centered on the study of Finland Swedes in
Canada and was published by Finland's Institute of Migration in 2000. He has lived
for periods in Australia, Sweden, Canada, and the USA.

For more information about Mika Roinila and his work, you can check out his
former website at the following address:




Finland-Swedes in Michigan, Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI.
2012, 105 pages.

The Finnish Immigrant Experience in North America, 1880-2000
: Studies in Cultural
Geography, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY. 2006, 167 pages.

Finland-Swedes in Canada: Migration, Settlement and Ethnic Relations, Institute of
Migration Publication Series C, Turku, Finland, 2000, 266 pages.


Korkiasaari, Jouni and Mika Roinila. "Finnish North-Americans Today", in Pauliina
Raento (Ed.),
Finnishness in Finland and North America: Constituents, Changes,
and Challenges
. Special Issue of the Journal of Finnish Studies, Vol.9:2, 2005, pp.

Stanley Brunn, Pauli Tapani Karjalainen, Rikard Küller, and Mika Roinila. ."The
Finnish Kaamos: Escapes from Short Days and Cold Winters", in Donald Janelle,
Kathy Hansen and Barney Warf (Eds.),
WorldMinds: Geographic Solutions to 100
Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishing, 2004, pp.105-112.  

"Losing Hard Feelings: Finns and Finland-Swedes in Canada", in Koivukangas,
Olavi (Ed.),
Entering Multiculturalism: Finnish Experience Abroad. Migration Studies
C15, Institute of  Migration, Turku, Finland, 2002, pp.178-187.

"The Finland-Swedes in Canada: Past and Present", in Lindström, Saarinen &
Vähämäki (Eds.),
Melting into Great Waters: Papers from FinnForum V, Journal of
Finnish Studies
, Vol.1:3, 1997, pp.90-99.


Finland-Swedish Experience in North America”, Journal of Finnish Studies, Vol.13:
1,2009, pp.58-66.

Roinila, Mika; Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch, & Susan Larson. “Women’s
Maintenance of Finland-Swedish Identity in North America”, FinnForum VIII:
Transborder Contacts and the Maintenance of Finnishness in the Diaspora,  
Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden, 2009, pp.55-81.

“Erhard J. Alm – Inventor and Entrepreneur”, Scandinavian Canadian Studies,
University of Victoria. Vol.17:2, 2007 (published in Fall 2008), pp.70-75.

“Rifton Finns: An Ethnic Enclave in Ulster County, New York”, Ethnic Studies
Review, The National Association for Ethnic Studies, California State University,
Sacramento. Vol.31:1, 2008, pp.55-64.

“A Forgotten Outreach: The Finnish Salvation Army in North America”, The Journal
of Finnish Studies, University of Toronto.Vol.11:1, August 2007, pp.32-46.

“Finnish Commercial Fishermen on Lake Superior: The Rise and Fall of an Ethnic  
Middle States Geographer, Journal of the Middle States Division -
Association  of American Geographers
, Vol.36, 2003, pp.25-37.

“From Monessen to Clarksburg and Beyond: The Finnish Ethnicity in Central
Journal of Appalachian Studies, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.
Vol.9:1, 2003, pp.49-67.

Roinila, Mika & Ain Haas. "The Timing and Extent of Estonian and Finnish Migration
as a Factor Affecting the Immigrant Communities", in Zita McRobbie-Utasi and
Connie K.So (Eds.),
Proceedings of the XIIIth Conference of the Finno-Ugric
Studies Assocaition of Canada
. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. 2003, pp.1-

“New York's Urban Regions Defined by Newspaper Readership”,
Geography Conference Proceedings
, Vol.25, 2002, pp.166-173. Binghamton
University, Binghamton, NY.

"History, Achievements and Remembrance of the Louhi Band of Monessen, PA",  
Middle States Geographer, Journal of the Middle States Division - Association of
American Geographers
, Vol.34, 2001, pp.26-37 (Published in 2002).

"Finland-Swedes of British Columbia",
Journal of Finnish Studies, University of
Toronto, Vol.4:1, 2000, pp.13-36.

"Ethnic outcasts: The dilemma of not belonging for Canadian Finland-Swedes",
Canadian Ethnic Studies, University of Calgary, Calgary, Vol.30:2,1998, pp.138-

"A Finnish run-away sailor in New Brunswick: The experiences of George (Yrjö)
Laakso", Acadiensis, Vol.27:1, 1997, pp.105-108.

"Finland-Swedish immigrants in the Scandinavia Colony of Manitoba, Canada", in
Terra, Vol.109:4, pp.226-231. Finnish Geographical Society, Helsinki, Finland,

"The Historic Finnish fishing community at Finn Slough, Richmond, B.C.",
Estevan Papers: Proceedings of the 19th Annual Meeting of the Prairie Division of
the Canadian Association of Geographer
s, Regina Geographical Studied No.6,
1997. University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, 1997, pp.212-220.

"A Century of Change: the Rolla/Rock Lake Finnish settlement of North Dakota", in
Karni, Mike (Ed.)
Finnish-Americana, Vol.11, 1996, New Brighton, Minnesota, pp.32-

"The Finns of Atlantic Canada",
Terra, Vol.103:1, 1992, pp.38-49.


Kaunonen, Gary. Finns in Michigan. Michigan State University Press, East
Lansing, 2009, 123 p. Siirtolaisuus-Migration, Vol.36:3, 2009, pp.36-37.

Jakle, John.
City Lights: Illuminating the American Night. Johns Hopkins University
Press, Baltimore & London, 2001, 292 p.  Material Culture, Vol.36:1, 2005.

Bale, John.
Sports Geography (2nd edition), Routledge, London & New York, 2003.
196 p. Sociology of Sport Journal, Vol.21:2, 2004, pp.240-242.

Russell, Loris S.
A Heritage of Light: Lamps and lighting in the early Canadian
 University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2003, 344 pages.  H-Net Reviews/H-
Net Canada: Canadian History and Studies, May, 2003.

Gruneau, Richard and David Whitson.
Hockey Night in Canada: Sport, Identities
and Cultural Politics.
Garamond Press, Toronto, 1993, 312 p. TheAmerican Board
of Sport Psychology, November, 2002.

Zelinsky, Wilbur.
The Enigma of Ethnicity: Another American Dilemma. University of
Iowa Press, Iowa City, 2001,   315 p. Canadian Geographer, Vol.46:3, 2002, pp.

Saarinen, Oiva W.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place; a Historical Geography of
the Finns in the Sudbury Area
. Wilfrid Laurier University Press,  Waterloo, Ontario.
1999.328 p. Reviewed in Terra, Helsinki, Finland. Vol.112:2, 2000, pp.112-113.

Beijar, Ekberg, Eriksson & Tandefelt.
Life in two languages - the Finnish
Schildts Pub. Espoo, Finland, 1997, 97 p. Reviewed in The Journal of
Finnish Studies, University of Toronto, Vol.4:1 2000, pp.46-48.

McRae, Kenneth.
Conflict and Compromise in Multilingual Societies - Finland, Vol.
3, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, 1997, 429 p. Reviewed in Acta
Sociologia, Oslo, Norway, Vol.42:2, 1999, pp.175-176.

Kero, Reino.
Suureen Länteen, Suomen Siirtolaisuuden Historia Vol.1.
Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, Turku, 1996. 307 p. Reviewed in Ethonologia Fennica, Vol.
26, 1998, Helsinki, Finland, pp. 43-45.

Kero, Reino.
Suomalaisina Pohjois-Amerikassa, Suomen Siirtolaisuuden Historia
Vol.2. Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, Turku, 1997. 407 p. Reviewed in Ethnologica Fennica,
Vol.26, 1998, Helsinki, Finland, pp.45-47.

Koivukangas, Olavi.
Kaukomaiden Kaipuu, Suomen Siirtolaisuuden Historia Vol.4.
Siirtolaisuusinstituutti, Turku, 1998. 418 p. Reviewed in Ethnologica Fennica, Vol.
26, 1998, Helsinki, Finland, pp.47-49.


"Finland-Swedes in North America" and "Adjustment and the Future", in Auvo  
Kostiainen (Ed.), Finns in the United States: A History of Settlement, Dissent, and
Integration, Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI, 2014. pp.221-240
and 319-325.

"Swedes in Canada",
Swedish Touches - Recipes and Traditions, Penfield Books,
Iowa City, Iowa, 2006. pp.17-18.

"Canada as a geographical region",
Encyclopedia of World Geography, Salem
Press, Pasadena, California. Vol.2, 2001.pp.343-347.
"Gazetteer of Canada", Encyclopedia of World Geography, Salem Press,
Pasadena, California. Vol. 2. 2001.

"Scandinavia as a geographical region",
Encyclopedia of World Geography, Salem
Press, Pasadena, California. Vol.5, 2001. pp.1213-1216.

"Gazetteer of Scandinavia",
Encyclopedia of World Geography, Salem Press,
Pasadena, California. Vol.5, 2001.


Dozens of articles have appeared in the following journals/magazines/newspapers:
Siirtolaisuus-Migration, Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, Helsingin Sanomat,
Canadan Uutiset, Vapaa Sana, Finnish-American Reporter, Suomen Silta,
Amerikan Uutiset, Finlandia Weekly, Ledstjärnan, Norden, Raivaaja, and
Länsirannikon Uutiset.

For Finnish Fishermen of Lake Superior (originally published in the Finnish-
American Reporter and Canadan Uutiset) in Emigrant Tracking: Finnish and
Scandinavian Resources - a collection of weblinks and sites to research articles,
genealogy, etc. organized by Staffan Storteir of Sydeby, Finland. (Go to Mika
Roinila's page at the link above to access this work.)
Dr. Mika Roinila