Meet our researchers


Irene Molina

Director of research

Irene Molina is Professor of Human Geography. Her research explores the city as a site for social power relations. Her specific interests include racialization and discrimination, as well as class, gender, and intersectionality.

Project: Immigrant mothers – racialized children. Pathways, conflicts, and visions. Financed by the Swedish Research Council’s special grant for research on racism (2017–2019), together with Professor Paulina de los Reyes (project leader) from the Department of Economic History at Stockholm University, and Professor Diana Mulinari from the Department of Gender Studies, Lund University.

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Mattias Gardell

Director of research

Mattias Gardell holds the Nathan Söderblom Chair of Comparative Religion. His research has explored the intersections of religion, politics, and racism within a variety of empirical fields. Gardell’s research interests include anti-Muslim racism (Islamophobia), occult fascism, political religion, the history of racism, and religion/racism/violence.

Project: Angry white men? A study of violent racism, the correlation between organized and unorganized (political) violent crime and the affective dimensions of ultranationalism.

Project: Methodological laboratories – creating ethically and scientifically viable models for measuring discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, skin colour, and religion.

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Shahram Khosravi


Shahram Khosravi is Professor, Director of studies (advanced level) at Stockholms University. In 2003 he published his doctoral thesis "The Third Generation: The Islamic Order of Things and Cultural Defiance among the Young of Tehran". Shahram Khosravi's research interests include anthropology of Iran and the Middle East, migration, human rights, forced displacement.

Project: After Deportation (2017-2019)


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Patricia Lorenzoni holds a Ph.D. in History of ideas and is a research fellow at CEMFOR. Her research interests revolves around the relationship between racism and historical consciousness, and how historical continuities as well as discontinuities can be understood over longer periods of time.

In particular, she looks at the relation between modernity formation, coloniality and Christian expansion from both historical and contemporary perspective, with special focus on Brazil and indigeneity.

Project: Declare our death and bury us here – Nation, territorial expansion and the colonial frontier in contemporary Brazil.

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Mehek Muftee

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mehek Muftee has analysed introduction programs for refugees undergoing resettlement to Sweden, examining, among other issues, how stereotypical ideas about women from the Horn of Africa are expressed in information and interaction between government officials and participants in the programs.

Project: Muftee’s postdoctoral research project explores Muslim womens’ experiences of, and strategies for negotiating and challenging, anti-Muslim racism. Her areas of interest include migration, transnational migration, intersectionality, postcolonial feminism, and anti-Muslim racism. Mehek Muftee will assume her position in January, 2018.

Daniel Strand


Daniel Strand ​has a Ph.D. in History of Ideas. He defended his dissertation No alternatives. The end of ideology in the 1950s and the post-political world of the 1990s in 2016 at Stockholm University. His research interests include political theory, postcolonial theory and history theory.

Project: Together with archaeologist Anna Källén and literary scholar Andreas Nyblom, he is active in the research project "Code, Narrative, History: Contemporary Creation of Ancient DNA", which investigates contemporary archaeological research in Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.



May-Britt Öhman has a PhD in History of Technology (KTH, 2007), and is a Lule/Forest Sámi from Lule River/Julevädno. For a decade, she has been active in various Sámi associations: board member of Silbonah Sámesijdda since 2011, board member of the Swedish National Saami Association 2011–2015, and deputy member of the Sámi Parliament 2013–2017.

Öhman is also board member and one of the founders of UPPSAM – the association for Sámi related research in Uppsala.

Her research focus is on large technical systems, hydropower, water resources, energy production/consumtion, mines, environment, risk and safety, decolonisation and healing from colonial traumas, Feminist Technoscience and Indigenous Methodologies/Theories. Geographical focus is on Sábme and comparative studies with other Indigenous territories around the world.


Gunilla Larsson


Gunilla Larsson, PhD in Archaeology. Larsson´s project is about an invisibilised part of Swedish history. In the 17th and 18th century the Forest Sámi in the middle of Sweden and in the coastal areas of northern Sweden were taken to prison and later deported following royal orders. In 1751 the region ”Lappland” was created as the area were the Sámi would be allowed to live. This area was further reduced in the 19th century by the creation of the so called ”ccutivation border” (in Sw ”Odlingsgränsen”) were Sámi were allowed to be below this border only in winter time. The Swedish peasants, however, complained to the King, because they were depending on the Sámi for the special Sámi handicraft products, which only Sámi had the knowledge to produce, such as baskets and fishing equipment from roots. This ended up in a decision that one Sámi family in each parish would be allowed to stay, employed by the parish as ”Parish Laps” with the obligation also, beside the handicraft, to kill horses, dogs and cats, which Swedish people saw as ”unclean” work and avoided. My research aims to investigate and shed light on the deportations and ethnical cleansing of Sámi in this period, as well as finding out more about the previous Forest Sámi society in these areas. A goal is also to investigate the factors that led to the invisibilisation of the Forest Sámi history.

The Forest Sámi society is a sustainable society, which has left few traces. In the project methods will be developed to localise and recognice Forest Sámi cultural heritage, and the traces of a, still unwritten, history.

A Forest Sámi, planned economy, meant that the relation between humans and environment was mutual. No withdrawal was made that exceeded the environmental limits. Therefore, the cultural impact on the landscape and climate has been minimal. Therefore it is an important goal to increase our knowledge in order to trace and identify the cultural remains. Each family group of two to three families, called sit, was assigned a territory that was of sufficient size for supporting the sit in a varied economy. This areas were in the north later called skatteland ´tax paying district’ and incorporated into the Swedish administration. 

Project: The project is a part of the research project ”Indigenous perspectives on climate change” FORMAS dnr 2017-01923, within the national research programme on climate. The project is led by Fil. Dr May-Britt Öhman.



Eva Charlotta Helsdotter, has a PhD in Land and Water Resources Management and is an Associate Professor in Water Security. She has been an international research leader in land and water related research, e.g. in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Kenya and Tanzania and in national environmental and sustainability projects. She has investigated  drinking water supplies and designed protection needed to ensure good water quality.  The last ten years she has been involved in research projects in Sápmi.

Project: Exploitation at any price

Lescture: "Vad innebär en Koboltgruva vid sjön" here

Tomas Lundström

Doctoral student

Tomas Lundström is Doctoral student and for his Thesis project he elucidates ideological production, and meanings of religion, within the Swedish radical nationalist milieu.

Project: Swedish radical nationalism and religion

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Jasmine Kelekay is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Black Studies. Her work explores the relationship between racialization and criminalization, with a particular focus on constructions of Blackness, the institutionalized social control of African diasporic people, and the ways in which these people construct and enact counter-hegemonic identities and discourses in response to racial oppression.

Kelekays dissertation project is a multi-sited ethnographic study of the global circulation of racialized political discourses of crime, and how this climate in turn impacts the everyday experiences of policing for Afro-Swedish communities in Stockholm and Malmö and Black immigrant communities in New York City.

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Erik Hansson is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography, NTNU, Trondheim.

He got his doctor degree at Uppsala University in June 2019 with his thesis on the Swedish society’s reactions to the presence of begging EU citizens. The method was mainly textual analysis while the theory was a psychoanalytic critique of ideology, inspired by the works of Slavoj Žižek. He is now part of a research project at NTNU that critically investigate the concept of ‘social cohesion’, in relation urban local communities.  His own research project within this project, is about experiences and politics in municipal swimming pools.


Ylva Habel


Ylva Habel is an Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies, and Researcher in the field Anti-Black racism. Her research draws on Black studies, the African Diaspora, postcolonial, critical race and whiteness studies, and specifically revolves around the affective economy of Swedish exceptionalist, colorblind discourses.

With an interdisciplinary background in cinema studies, her analytical approach entails an interest for combining these perspectives with the optics of media history, visual and material culture. In her upcoming research, she will focus upon kindred discursive logics in recent Swedish and Dutch media debates, and examine the ways in which Blackness figures in relation to perennial welfare state values.


karin eriksson

Doctoral student

Karin Eriksson is a doctoral student in Scandinavian Studies at University of Washington, USA, with a specialization in Feminist Studies.

Project: Her dissertation project explores Swedish colonial processes in Sámi context, with focus on contemporary Swedish settler colonialism. Eriksson engages with ethnographic methodology and is specifically analyzing the process for Stockholm to become a Sámi förvaltningskommun (special administrative area), and a museum project in central Sweden. She focus on these projects' intersections with indigeneity, politics of recognition and colonial entanglement.


PhD candidate

Jan-Therese Mendes is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program of Social and Political Thought at York University, Canada.

Mendes’ dissertation research centres on the utility of “negative” affects in the racial strategies of nation-making in Canada and Sweden; the fear of Black and Muslim Others as a “pleasurable” feeling; rhetorical suicide; as well as, performativity and unintelligibility in relation to Black Muslim women’s wearing of the hijab.



Anna-Sara Lind is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the Department of Law, Uppsala University. Her research focuses on public law broadly defined; how European Union law affects legal development within medical and social legislation, and how liberties and rights can be ensured in a complex constitutional reality.

Coordinator for the multidisciplinary initiatives of the Faculty of Theology.

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