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First lady to defend doctoral thesis

Finnish first lady Jenni Haukio is defending her doctoral thesis at Helsinki University's Faculty of Social Sciences in December, Ilta-Sanomat reports.

Jenni Haukio.
Finnish first lady Jenni Haukio. Image: Jaakko Stenroos / AOP
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Jenni Haukio, who is married to President Sauli Niinistö, will defend her doctoral thesis in December, Ilta-Sanomat reports on Saturday.

Her doctoral research has focused on the digitisation of party campaigns.

Her thesis is entitled, "From the ideal of open dialogue to the reality of internal mobilisation—the strategic dimensions and dilemmas of parties' digital campaigns."

Åbo Akademi political science professor Kim Strandberg, who will serve as Haukio's opponent, took to Twitter to share the news.

"In early December I'll have a more exciting task than usual when I'll serve as Jenni Haukio's opponent," he tweeted.

Earlier this year Haukio left her job as program director of the Turku Book Fair, saying she was moving on to focus on other literary projects.

Next spring Haukio is scheduled to release a memoir detailing her life as Finland's first lady.

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