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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.


Anders Haglund, postgraduate student
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.

Björn Norlin, researcher

Björn Norlin is Associate professor of History and Education. He is also Deputy Director of "The Postgraduate School of Educational sciences", School of Education, Umeå University.

Björn Åstrand, senior lecturer (associate professor) (absent)
Bouke de Vries, postdoctor (absent), postdoctor

Postdoctoral research fellow

Bram Vaassen, coordinator, study

I am a part-time teacher as well as the coordinator of studies for philosophy courses.

My research focuses mainly on mental causation issues, but I have a broad interest in theoretical philosophy.

Catharina Andersson, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Cecilia Hortlund, postgraduate 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, senior lecturer (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 %)

Daniela Cutas, senior lecturer (associate professor)
David Loeffler, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Elisabeth Raddock, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Elise Dermineur Reuterswärd, senior lecturer (associate professor)

Social and economic historian of early modern Europe

Emil Marklund, postgraduate 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, senior lecturer (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.

Fredinah Namatovu, other position

I am a researcher at CEDAR and my research interests include; studying gender-based violence, disability, choodhood health, celiac disease, using a mixed method approach.

Fredrik Lindborg, system administrator, IT
Gisli Palsson, postgraduate student
Glenn Sandström, researcher

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

Hanna Vikström, postdoctor

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


Associate professor in history and education.

Inês Félix, postgraduate student
Isabelle Brännlund, senior research assistant
Ivanka Hristova, senior research assistant
Jacob Stridsman, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Jan-Willem van der Rijt, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Janina Priebe, postdoctor

I am a postdoc researcher in the Formas-funded project "Bring down the sky to the earth: how to use forests to open up for constructive climate change pathways in local contexts". 

Jasmine Zhang, senior research assistant
Jenny Eklöf, senior lecturer (associate professor)

Associate professor in History of Science and Ideas. My research interests revolve around the interaction between science, politics and the media in a broad sense. I am also director of studies at the department.

Johan Linderholm, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Jonas Nilsson, senior lecturer (associate professor)

I am Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in philosophy.

Jonatan Samuelsson, postgraduate student

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

Julia Falk, postgraduate student
Julia Sjödahl, postgraduate student
Kalle Grill, senior lecturer (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.

Lars Samuelsson, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Leif Svensson, research student, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Lena Berggren, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Linda Edlund, administrator, finance
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.

Madeleine Hayenhjelm, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Marcel Quarfood, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Maria Berglind, administrator, study

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

Marie Lundborg Jonsson, administrator, education
Mats Eriksson, project assistant
Mats Wahlberg, senior lecturer (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 Sjölander, project assistant (absent), postgraduate student

PhD student in environmental archaeology, working mainly with environmental reconstructions and settlement patterns. Project assistant in VISEAD, with import of new data into the SEAD database.

Mikael Lundmark, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Mikael Winninge, senior lecturer (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.

Niclas Lindström, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Olle Sundström, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Per Algander, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Per Axelsson, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Peter Bennesved, postgraduate student
Peter Holmblad, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Peter Lindström, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Peter Melander, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Philip Buckland, senior lecturer (associate professor)

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

Pär Eliasson, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Sandra Olsson, communication officer

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

Sebastian Östlund, postgraduate 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, postgraduate 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
Sofia Jeppsson, senior lecturer (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, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Tora Byström, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Tord Larsson, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Torfinn Huvenes, senior lecturer (associate professor)
Åsa Andersson, senior lecturer (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.