I am Associate Professor (Docent) of Sociology and Programme Coordinator of Library and Information Science.
I received my PhD in History of Science and Ideas from Umeå University in 2000. Before coming to the Department of Sociology in 2009, I was a postdoc at the Swedish Institute for Studies in Education and Research (SISTER), Stockholm, and at the University of Sussex, and researcher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University. I have been a visiting scholar at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), London South Bank University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the University of Potsdam and Uppsala STS Center.
I am currently working on two research projects, one on "Alva Myrdal and Cold War International Social Science" (funded by RJ) and the other one on "Bibliotekskonsulenterna och det svenska bibliotekssystemets formering" (a pilot study funded by Svensk biblioteksförening and Stockholms Arbetareinstitutsförening). Courses taught include "Social Science in Context" and "History and Sociology of Libraries".
I am also Steering Committee member of the Research Committee on the History of Sociology (RCHS) of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and member of the Group for Strategic Collection of Deposit Copies of the National Library of Sweden. In 2013 I was awarded the Katrin Fridjonsdottir Memorial Prize in the Sociology of Knowledge, and since 2018 I am a so-called "qualified teacher" (meriterad lärare).
Keywords: history and sociology of the social sciences; library and information science; science and technology studies; sociology of knowledge; historical sociology; global sociology.
Recent books and edited volumes (2011-)
Niskanen, K. & Wisselgren, P. (eds) (2018), "Theme: Internationalising the Swedish Human Sciences in Theory and Practice, 1920–1970", Lychnos, pp. 194-283.
Hansson, J. & Wisselgren, P. (eds) (2018), Bibliotekarier i teori och praktik: Utbildningsperspektiv på en unik profession. Lund: BTJ Förlag, 314 pp.
Wisselgren, P. (2015), The Social Scientific Gaze: The Social Question and the Rise of Academic Social Science in Sweden. London & New York: Routledge, 277 pp. Reviews: Serendipities; Contemporary Sociology; Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.
Danell, R., Larsson, A. & Wisselgren, P. (eds) (2013), Social Science in Context: Historical, Sociological, and Global Perspectives. Lund: Nordic Academic Press [& internationally distributed by Independent Publishers Group], 288 pp. Reviews: The Sociological Review; Contemporary Sociology; International Sociology; Public Understandig of Science.
Berg, A., Florin, C., & Wisselgren, P. (eds) (2011), Par i vetenskap och politik: Intellektuella äktenskap i moderniteten [Couples in Science and Politics: Intellectual Marriages in Modernity]. Umeå: Boréa bokförlag, 476 pp.
Ekström, A., Jülich, S., Lundgren, F., & Wisselgren, P. (eds) (2011), History of Participatory Media: Politics and Publics, 1750-2000. New York & London: Routledge, 192 pp.