Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen

  • Sharon Franklin-RakhonenAssociate Professor

    • Office:  304H Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    • Phone:  724-357-2284
    • Email:

    Fall 2020 Office Hours

    • Monday and Wednesday, 2:00–4:00 p.m. and Friday 4:00–5:00 p.m.
    • Via email or phone, 724-357-8125


    • PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington (1991)

    Academic Interests

    • Scandinavian, East Baltic, and Russian History


    Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen is an expert on East Baltic, Scandinavian, and Russian history, and is a graduate of Indiana University’s prestigious Central Eurasian Studies program. She teaches courses on Russian history, modern Europe, and social studies education. She also works with education majors and supervises their student teaching.

    She lived in Finland for two years, where she worked on her dissertation with the help of the Fulbright Grant. The title of her dissertation is “Jewish Identity in Finland.” She is on the Board of Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies and on the Finnish Council of America, which is an advisory board to Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan.

    Her current research is on the development of secondary education in Finland and on connections with Finland in the Finnish-American population over a span of about 120 years.

    Fall 2020 Courses

    • HIST 197 - Explorations in European History
    • HIST 326 - History of Russia

    Spring 2021 Courses

    • To be determined