Meet our researchers


Irene Molina

Head 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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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.


Mattias Gardell

Head 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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Ann Kubai is an associate professor/Docent in world Christianity and Inter-Religious Studies. Over the years, she has carried out research on the ideological causes of the Rwanda genocide of 1994, the prospects and challenges of transitional justice in post-conflict societies. Mass violence and gross violations of human rights of indigenous peoples in the Eastern, Horn and Central Africa regions, gender violence, forced migration and displacement. Exclusion, marginalization and integration of African migrant communities in Sweden and human trafficking and sexual bondage. In recent years, the role of psychosocial support in fractured communities has become an integral part of her research work. 

She is involved in research on identities on the move, social transformations and the impact of globalization and development on pastoral nomadic communities in East Africa, and human trafficking, particularly within Africa and from Africa to Europe.


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, Focus on Sámi cultural heritage and shipbuilding. She is also of Forest Sámi background from the Lule River Valley region. She published her PhD thesis in 2007; Ship and Society. Maritime Ideology in Late Iron Age Sweden. Aun 37. Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University. Uppsala. In her PhD thesis Gunilla analysed the historical distribution of Sámi boatbuilding in Scandinavia and documented finds of Sámi boats from central Sweden and northwards in the Viking Age, sewn with the very typical Sámi sewing technique, indications of interaction between Swedish and Sámi groups.

Gunilla has worked in her capacity as archaeologist since 1988 in several research projects regarding Sámi cultural heritage, with nine years of experience of the earlier National Survey for Ancient Monuments for the National boar of Antiquities. She has been engaged in collaboration with renowned researchers and practitioners and linked to important institutions working with Sámi culture. Gunilla’s work has both been within field studies, investigations and also teaching.

Gunilla is also member of the Stockholm Sámi association, and head of board of UPPSAM, the association for Sámi related research in Uppsala. 

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.

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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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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Marina Gerth is a research intern and master student in Euroculture (M.A.), an Erasmus Mundus Programme of excellence at the department of theology. She spent the first two semesters at the Universities of Strasbourg (France) and Udine (Italy). She has a B.A. in International Business - Intercultural Studies and worked for two years in IT and business consulting. Her reserach interests include the relation between humans, society and technology and their narratives.

Project: As part of the project "Code, Narrative, History: Making sense of Ancient DNA in contemporary culture", Marina works together with Anna Källén, Daniel Strand and Andreas Nyblom. Her contribution is an analysis of the communication of aDNA and ancestry research as a business model and the business environment in France as well as Sweden and the United Kingdom.

För more info about the project here CODE NARRATIVE HISTORY