Master of Arts, University Helsinki, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, University Helsinki, 1978.
Assistant folklore department University Helsinki, 1970-1974. Lecturer linguistics University Copenhagen, 1975-1981. Research fellow Academy Finland, Helsinki, 1981-1994.
Associate professor folklore University Turku, Finland, 1994-1998, professor Finland, since 1998. Visiting fellow Institute Advanced Studies Hebrew University Jerusalem, 1988-1989.
Member Finnish Literature Society (board directors since 1990), Folklore Fellows.
Married Carsten Bregenhoj, July 18, 1973. 1 child, Maria Matilda.