Meet our researchers
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.
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.
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.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Mehek Muftee has analysed introduction programmes 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 programmes. 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.
Shahram Khosravi is Associate 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.
Per-Erik Nilsson’s research explores the boundaries of secularism, religion, and politics with a focus on ultranationalism, anti-Muslim racism, and the legitimisation of violence. He specializes in France, and particularly the French far right. His research employs discourse analytical and ethnographic methods.
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.
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.