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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.


Alana Vincent

Associate Professor in History of Religion. Modern Judaism, Interreligious Dialogue, Religion & Literature.

Andreas Mårdh

Doctor of Philosophy in education and post-doctoral fellow in history didactics. Member of the research group History and Education.

Andreas Westerberg

PHD-student and upper secondary school teacher. My reserach concerns schoolequipment and teaching focusing on  the 19th- and 20th century in Sweden. I teach mostly within the teacher education.

Andrew Peet
Anna Bladh
Anna Larsson

Professor in History of science and ideas. Head of research for History and education. 

Anna Pya Sjödin
Badegül Eren Aydinlik

PhD student in History and Education and a part of the graduate school PEDASK (Schooling in perspective: A graduate school in applied history of education).

Björn Åstrand
Chelsea Elissa Budd
Christer Nordlund

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of History of Science and Ideas.

Christian Löw
Christine Bylund
Daniel Jakobsson

PhD student in History and Education.

Daniel Lindmark

Professor of Church History at the Faculty of Arts and Professor of History and Education at Umeå School of Education.

David Loeffler
Dimitri Coelho Mollo

I am an Assistant Professor with focus in Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. I also do research in Philosophy of Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science.

Elin Forsberg
Elisabeth Raddock

Associate Professor in Religious Studies and Director of studies. 

Emma Vikström

Postdoc in History

Ethan Paul Nowak

(he/they) I am associate professor in philosophy and representative for equal opportunities. I work primarily in the philosophy of language, in both its theoretical and practical dimensions.

Fredrik Lindborg
Glenn Sandström

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

Henrik Åström Elmersjö

Associate professor of history and education. Director of doctoral studies.

Hugo Hellström

I am a PhD student in philosophy. My research interests include metaepistemology and metaethics. I teach philosophy of mind and language.

Ida Anderalm
Ina Lindblom
Isak Törnqvist
Ivanka Hristova

Director of the Environmental Archaeology Lab. Archaeobotanist.

Jacob Astudillo

Doctoral student in Systematic Theology.

Jacob Isaksson
Jacob Stridsman
Jan-Willem van der Rijt

I specialize in political philosophy and normative ethics. My research addresses topics such as dignity, self-respect, well-being, strategic interaction and the workings of democracy.

Janina Priebe

I am an associate professor in the history of science and ideas, with a focus on environmental history. As of June 2022, I am Arctic Five Chair in Environmental History at Umeå University.


Jenny Eklöf

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. 

Johan Eriksson

I examine the closure of privately run Muslim schools being accused of radicalising their pupils. 

Johan Linderholm
Jonas Nilsson

I am Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in philosophy.

Kalle Grill

I direct our program in Philosophy and Society. I teach ethics and political philosophy. My reserach includes paternalism, public health, sustainability, family, future people, new technology.

Karin Enflo

I am associate professor in philosophy. My research is mainly in ethics and metaphysics, and I teach in both practical and theoretical philosophy.

Karin Neutel
Lars Samuelsson

Senior lecturer/associate professor (docent) in philosophy and subject coordinator for the philosophy subject at Umeå University.

Leif Svensson
Lena Berggren
Lina Sohlén
Linda Edlund
Linda Joelsson
Lotta Vikström

Within my project funded by my Wallenberg Scholar Grant (2020-25) I lead a cross-disciplinary team researching how disabilities affect people's ageing and health in Swedish society across time.

Luise Mirow

I am a PhD student in philosophy. My research is about lying and misleading, considered from a philosophy of language perspective.

Madeleine Hayenhjelm

Madeleine Hayenhjelm (Ph.D, Phil.lic., Royal Institute of Technology) is a senior lecturer in Philosophy and specialises in Ethics of Risk and Moral Philosophy.

Madelen Johansson

PhD student in History and Education.

Marcel Quarfood

I regularly teach history of philosophy, and occasionally metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of science. My research focuses on Kant's philosophy.


Marie Rosenius
Martin Andersson

I am a PhD candidate in History and Education with a focus on the history of elementary school teachers in Sweden

Mats Eriksson

I am a doctoreal resercher in environmental archaeology, studying how we with the use of kemometric methods, can trace the movement patterns of Neolithic people of Västerbotten, Swedens inland.

Mats Wahlberg

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
Mattias Sjölander

Doctor in environmental archaeology with interest in interdisciplinary approaches to prehistoric cultural development. Working as project assistant in the SEAD and Swedigarch infrastructures.

Mikael Lundmark
Mikael Rahm

PhD Student in History, specialising in fascism and currently writing a dissertation on the ideology of the swedish (neo-)fascist Per Engdahl.

Mikael Winninge

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.

Mimmi Norgren Hansson
Nadezda Petrusenko
Niclas Lindström
Nils Franzén

I finished my PhD in Uppsala in the fall of 2018 and I'm an associate professor of philosophy in Umeå since March 2022. My research mainly concerns metaethics, philosophy of language and aesthetics. 

Olle Sundström
Per Algander

I teach introductory courses in ethics, metaethics and decision theory. My research focuses on ethics and value theory, especially on moral obligations to future generations.

Per Axelsson
Peter Holmblad
Peter Lindström
Peter Melander
Philip Buckland

Vice Dean of Arts and Humanities. Director of The National Infrastructure for Archaeological Science and Strategic Environmental Archaeology Database. Senior Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology.

Philip Jerand

Staff scientist in archaeology, specialized in geoarchaeology.

Pär Eliasson
Pär Sundström

I am head of subject for philosophy. Min research focuses on different questions in the philosophy of mind. I teach teacher candidates, and students in philosophy and cognitive science.

Samuel Ericson
Samuel Sundvall

PhD in history. my reserach primarily deals with demographic rural history. Predominantly long-term changes in migration dynamics.

Sandra Olsson

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

Simon Berggren

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.

Simon Lundberg

Doctoral student in History and Education. Lundberg dissertation project focuses specifically on teachers' interpretations of the meanings of ethnically heterogeneous classroom contexts.

Sofi Östman

Assistant director, administrative project coordinator and archaeobotanist at the Environmental archaeology laboratory (MAL)

Sofia Jeppsson

I am an associate professor of philosophy, with a focus on practical philosophy. My research is centered around free will, moral responsibility, animal ethics and philosophy of psychiatry.

Sofia Österborg Wiklund
Stefan Gelfgren

I am associate professor of Sociology of Religion and senior lecturer in Didactics of Religion.

Tabea Hochstrasser

I am a PhD student in the history of ideas, with a focus on early modern ideas about human connectedness, cheap print, and the combination of intellectual history and the history of emotions.

Thomas Girmalm
Tomas Lindgren

Professor of Psychology of religion.

Tora Byström
Tova Olsson

Doctoral student in religious studies. Researching the construction of gender in contemporary, European tantra. 

Victor Moberger

I teach in ethics, metaethics, critical thinking, and political philosophy. My research is mainly focused on metaethics and critical thinking.

Yasemin Menemenli

Ph.D. student in archaeology.

Professor of History. Research interests: Women and Gender History from legal, political and social perspectives, Early Modern and Modern History.

Latest update: 2019-05-10