Kirsti Salmi-Niklander is Academy Research Fellow at University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies.

She has studied oral-literary traditions of working-class young people in early 20th-century Finland in her doctoral thesis in Folklore Studies(2004), and with wider materials in her post-doctoral project Hand-written newspapers as an alternative medium in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Finland (Academy of Finland 2007–2009 and Kone Foundation 2010–2011). In her Academy Research Fellow project (Between voice and paper. Authorial and narrative strategies in oral-literary traditions, 2011–2016) she explores several case studies: 19th-century popular movements and student organizations, Finnish working-class intellectuals and Finnish-Canadian immigrants. She has published articles in Finnish, English, Swedish and Estonian languages, and edited books and theme issues in the fields of oral history research, industrial heritage, history of youth, and working-class writing.