Iivi Anna Masso is a political analyst and writer based in Helsinki. Educated in Finland as a philosopher and political theorist, she got her PhD in Political Science from the University of Helsinki in 2006 (Dissertation: Democratic Legitimacy and the Politics of Rights, Helsinki University Press) and has published articles on democracy, human rights, multiculturalism and international politics in several Finnish and Estonian journals and books. She has earned MPhil in Political Science from the CEU (1999) and MA in Philosophy from the University of Helsinki (1997; MA thesis in Swedish: Hannah Arendt om totalitarismen, Helsinki University e-publications). She worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Deptartments of Political Science and Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki from 2001-2008, specialising in contemporary political philosophy and democratic theory. She spent 2000–2001 as a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York City and 1998–2000 as a doctoral student at the Central European University in Budapest, majoring in political theory, international relations and comparative politics. She works in English, Finnish, Swedish and Estonian.
As independent analyst and writer Iivi has contibuted to several newspapers and magazines, given talks and consulted public institutions as well as private companies. She has done radio talk shows for the Finnish public broadcaster Yle and has written regular columns for the Estonian daily Postimees (2009-2012, 2016 onwards) and the Finnish online news site Uusi Suomi (2007-2011). Her current topics of interests include political trends and ideologies in Europe and the future challenges of digital society.
Iivi Anna Masso is a proponent of humanism and liberal democratic values and is not affiliated to any political parties. You can contact her at iivi at iivimasso dot com.