Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where she specialized in Finnish history. Her dissertation was entitled “Jewish Identity in Finland.” In addition to studying minority identity in Finland, her research includes the development of Finnish education. She has made several trips to Finland to visit schools, the National Board of Education and the Ministry of Education. Her latest article, “Teaching History: The Finnish Model and its Global Influence”, was published in 2016 in the Commercial Press, the leading scholarly journal in China.
She was named one of Finlandia Foundation National’s “Centennial Lecturers of the Year” for 2016-2018 with the topic of “Finnish Independence” and gave lectures on this topic in ten different cities during the two-year period.
Sharon also serves on the Board of FinnFest USA and will be serving a two-year term as president of the Society for Historians of Scandinavia for 2019–2021. Sharon is an associate professor of history at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches European history and secondary social studies education.