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Faculty and staff

Here you will find teachers, researchers, doctoral students and administrative staff at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. For a list of those affiliated with the Department, such as Emeriti, research students and part time teachers, please click the link Show Affiliated Staff.


Anna Larsson, professor

Professor in History of science and ideas. Head of research for History and education and Umeå Research Centre for Social Studies Didactics (UmSOD). Assistant Head of Department.

Anna Sténs, research fellow (absent), other position
Björn Lundgren, postdoctoral position, postdoctoral fellow
Björn Åstrand, associate professor
Bouke de Vries, postdoctoral fellow (absent), postdoctoral fellow

Postdoctoral research fellow

Cecilia Hortlund, doctoral student

Gender/military historian with a focus on identity, masculinity, and nationalism. My thesis concerns Swedish speaking Civil Guards in the Civil Guard Districts of Vaasa and Turunmaa 1918-1939.

Christer Nordlund, professor

Professor of History of Science and Ideas, and director of Umeå Studies in Science, Technology and Environment. Elected member of Umeå University Board.

Christian Löw, associate professor
Daniel Lindmark, professor

Professor of Church History at the Faculty of Arts (50 %) and Professor of History and Education at Umeå School of Education (50 %)

Daniel Nyström, postdoctoral fellow
Daniela Cutas, associate professor

I am Senior Lecturer in Practical Philosophy. My main research interests are in bioethics (reproductive ethics in particular) and the philosophy of close personal relationships.

David Davage, postdoctoral fellow

Reader in Old Testament exegetsis. Post-doc in theology. Studies the development and growth of the Isaianic discourse in the Second Temple period.

David Loeffler, associate professor
Elise Dermineur Reuterswärd, associate professor

Social and economic historian of early modern Europe

Emil Marklund, doctoral student

I'm a PhD candidate in History and Education and a part of the Gender School for Gender Studies (UCGS) also I'm one of the departments representatives for equal rights.

Finn Arne Jörgensen, associate professor

Finn Arne Jørgensen was assistant professor of history of technology and environment from 2010-2014, and associate professor of the same field from 2014-2017. He is at present Professor of environmental history at University of Stavanger, Norway, but remains employed in a 20% position at Umeå University for two externally funded research grants, Digital Models and Experiencing Nature in the Digital Age.

Francesca Pilotto, postdoctoral fellow

I am a postdoc in environmental archaeology, combining ecological and palaeoecological approaches for the study of biodiversity changes

Fredrik Lindborg, IT systems administrator
Glenn Sandström, research fellow

Glenn Sandström is a Docent/Associate Professor researching family dynamics in historical and contemporary perspective.

Hanna Vikström, postdoctoral fellow

I am a post-doc interested in resource history, specifically studying global resource flows and how trade relations have been negotiated.


Henrik Åström Elmersjö, research fellow

Associate professor in history and education.

Ida Anderalm, study coordinator
Isabelle Brännlund, senior research assistant

 Historian with an interest in culture, livelihoods and living conditions in Sápmi and northern Sweden.

Ivanka Hristova, senior research assistant

I am senior research assistant at the Environmental Archaeology Lab, working with plant macro-remains.

Janina Priebe, senior research assistant

Postdoc in environmental history /project "Bring down the sky to the earth: how to use forests to open up for constructive climate change pathways in local contexts", funded by Formas. 

Jasmine Zhang, senior research assistant
Jenny Eklöf, associate professor

Associate professor in History of Science and Ideas. In my research I have focused on the interaction between science, politics and the media in a broad sense. 

Joanna Merkel, project assistant, other position
Jonas Nilsson, associate professor

I am Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in philosophy.

Jonatan Samuelsson, doctoral student

Writing a thesis on the Swedish controversy over dental amalgam cn mercury poisoning in the 1980's and -90's.

Josefine Wälivaara, other position, senior research assistant
Julia Falk, doctoral student
Kalle Grill, associate professor

I am senior lecturer in philosophy and director of our B.A. program in Philosophy and Society. I teach and supervise in moral philosophy and political philosophy.

Leif Svensson, associate professor
Lena Berggren, associate professor
Linda Edlund, financial administrator
Lotta Vikström, professor

Enjoying an ERC Consolidator Grant (2016-21) I lead a cross-disciplinary team researching how disabilities affect people's participation in society, past and present.

Professor of Archaeology

Marcel Quarfood, associate professor
Maria Berglind, study administrator

I work as a study administrator for the subjects of History and Archaeolgy.

Marie Lundborg Jonsson, education administrator
Mats Wahlberg, associate professor

I am docent in systematic theology. My research is primarily in philosophical- and fundamental theology, but I am also interested in classical dogmatics.  

Mattias Dahlkvist, associate professor

Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies with a focus on Islam, especially in India. Teaches Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, the history of non-violent conflict, and the sociology of religion.

Mattias Sjölander, project assistant (absent), doctoral student

PhD student in environmental archaeology, mainly environmental reconstructions and mobility. Project assistant in the SEAD project, responsible for import and quality assurance of data.

Mikael Winninge, associate professor

I am Associate Professor in New Testament Exegesis. The focus of my research has been early Jewish texts on the one hand, and identity formation and interpretation of history among early Christians on the other.

Olle Sundström, associate professor
Per Algander, associate professor
Per Axelsson, associate professor
Peter Holmblad, associate professor
Peter Melander, associate professor
Philip Buckland, associate professor

Director of The Environmental Archaeology Lab and the Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database (SEAD), two research infrastructures for archaeology.

Philip Jerand, doctoral student

I am a PhD student in archaeology studying mobility and spatial organisation at settlements by using archaeological and ethnographical sources combined with chemical, physical and spectral analysis.

Pär Eliasson, associate professor
Sandra Olsson, communications officer

My responsibilities are internal and external communication which include the departments website, calendar, ads, posters and other printed information.

Sebastian Östlund, doctoral student

I am a PhD student in philosophy. My research revolves around axiology applied within the field of political philosophy, with a special focus on the capability approach framework.

Simon Berggren, doctoral student

I am a PhD student in History, researching emotions and perceptions of the capital punishment and royal mercy in petitions in 17th and 18th century Sweden.

Sofi Östman, project assistant

I work as an archaeobotanist at the Environmental Archaeological Laboratory and am responsible for macrofossil analyses connected to the consultancy work at the lab. 

Sofia Jeppsson, associate professor

I am a senior lecturer in philosophy, with a focus on practical philosophy. My research is centered around free will, moral responsibility and animal ethics.

Thomas Girmalm, associate professor
Tora Byström, associate professor
Tord Larsson, associate professor

Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. My primary research interests lie in women and gender history from different perspectives: legal, political and social, 1650-1920.