Aino Kukkonen (PhD) is a dance critic, nonfiction writer and visiting researcher at the University of the Arts Helsinki History Forum. Her PhD thesis (University of Helsinki 2014) dealt with postmodernism in Finnish dance art in the 1980s. Kukkonen has worked as a researcher for the Helsinki Term Bank for the Arts and Sciences and as a curator for dance exhibitions at the Theatre Museum of Finland. Her publications include numerous articles and books on Finnish dance.