Sharon Franklin-Rahkonen

Sharon Franklin-RakhonenAssociate Professor

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

Spring 2021 Office Hours

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 9:20-10:50 a.m. and Wednesday 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Via email or phone, 724-357-8125
  • Or via Zoom


  • 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.

Spring 2021 Courses

  • HIST 197 - Explorations in European History
  • HIST 202 - Western Civilization Since 1600
  • HIST 327 - Soviet Union and Contemporary Russia