Kaarina Kailo is docent of North American Studies and former professor of Women’s Studies at Oulu University, Finland. She was previously interim principal of Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute in 1997. Her expertise includes gender/Indigenous studies, gift economy, peaceful cultures, the ecosocial impact of neoliberal globalization, ecomythology and spirituality.
Her anthologies and books include Wo(men) and Bears: The Gifts of Nature, Culture and Gender Revisited, Introduction to Ecopsychology and Finnish Goddess Mythology and the Golden Woman, Climate Change, Earth-Based Indigenous Knowledge and the Gift. She is active in Finnish politics as a municipal councillor. Kailo is also a textile artist focused on Finno-Ugric deities.