Faculty, Ethnic and Migration Studies

The teachers in the programme are all doing research in the areas that they teach in their respective courses. This means that courses provide not only an in-depth orientation of knowledge and analysis of each field, but also insights into the production of new knowledge and perspectives in research that is on-going. The teachers you will encounter in the programme represent different approaches and perspectives. The list below presents their profiles and the courses in which they are involved. In addition, students will also meet a number of visiting professors and researchers.

 Sara Ahlstedt holds a PhD in Ethnic and Migration Studies. Her research and teaching interests focus on queer interventions in the migration field, privileged migration, critical race and whiteness studies, feminist theory, international education from a postcolonial perspective, and international development practice and migration, qualitative methodology, and feminist methodology. Sara teaches in ‘Intersectional migration studies – bodies, genders, sexualities’ and also coordinates the program’s international exchange. Read more on Saras web 

Erik Berggren holds an MA in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York and is the Communications manager at REMESO as well as director of several outreach programmes at Campus Norrköping. He is one of the founders of the Museum of Forgetting, art curator and freelance writer. Since 2014 he has been working with the project “Is This the Time for Art? – on migration and Europe´s border politics. He will teach in the course ‘Race, ethnicity and migration in culture and the arts’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/eribe44]

Anna Bredström is senior lecturer at REMESO. Her research explores how race and ethnicity are constructed in medical research and practice, and she is involved in research projects on human genetics; primary health care; sex education; and mental ill-health. In her research, she often makes use of an intersectional perspective, with a particular focus on how race and ethnicity intersects with discourses on gender, sexuality and the body. You will meet her as a teacher in ’Intersectional Migration Studies’ and ’Migration, Health and Biopolitics’. 

  Peo Hansen is professor of political science. His research focuses on European integration, EU migration policy, theories of citizenship and nationalism, postwar European geopolitics, and the history of colonialism and decolonization. His most recent publications include The Politics of European Citizenship: Deepening Contradictions in Social Rights and Migration Policy (with Sandy B. Hager); and Eurafrica: The Untold History of European Integration and Colonialism (with Stefan Jonsson). He teaches the course ‘Migration and Asylum Policy in the European Union’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/peoha18]

Stefan Jonsson is professor of Ethnic studies. His research deals with the theory, history and politics of racism, nationalism and colonialism as well as collective identities more broadly. You will meet him as director of the master’s programme and as a teacher in ’Historical Perspectives on Ethnicity and Migration’ and ’Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Culture and the Arts’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/stejo01]
Lisa Karlsson Blom is a PhD candidate in Ethnicity and Migration at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO). Situated specifically within the field of critical whiteness studies, her research focuses on the relationship between whiteness and anti-racism in contemporary Sweden, where exceptionalism and growing populism co-exist with diversified anti-racist movements.

Khalid Khayati is a political scientist doing research mainly cantered on diaspora, transnational relations and the notion of transborder citizenship where the Kurdish populations in Western Europe constitute the principal empirical data of the research. Khayati received a DEA (Diplôme d’études approfondies) in political science on Arab & Islam World, at the Institut d’Études Politiques, Aix-en-Provence, France in 1998. Currently, he holds a lectureship at the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture (ISAK), Linköping University. [https://liu.se/en/employee/khakh20]
Martin Klinthäll is Associate professor in economic history and director of the Center of Municipality Studies at Linköping U. His research interests are primarily in the domain of economic demography, in particular migration and labour market integration. He has published work on return migration, migration and health, self-employment, ageing and retirement, as well as on economic structural change and household income disparity. Currently he is leading a research project on self-employment among people with migrant backgrounds. [http://liu.se/en/employee/markl66]
Karin Krifors is a PhD in Ethnic and Migration studies. Her research is focused on intersections of economy and ethnicity or race, as migration to Europe is increasingly being ’managed’ in line with different desires of employers and states. Karin has a background in sociology and gender studies and will be teaching on the debates of intersectionality, as well as EU politics on migration. [https://liu.se/en/employee/karkr76]
Branka Likić-Brborić is Associate Professor in Political Science and Professor Designate in Ethnicity and Migration. Her research encompasses areas of globalization and the political economy of post-socialist transformations; EU enlargement, new migrations and the European Social Model; global governance, migrants’ rights and ‘decent work’, as well as comparative studies on citizenship and immigrant integration. She is responsible for the course Class, Labour Migration and Globalization and coordinates the REMESO Graduate School. [https://liu.se/en/employee/brali11]

Patricia Lorenzoni holds a Ph.D. in History of Ideas from the University of Gothenburg. Her current research deals with contemporary colonialism in Brazil and how concepts of nation, race, territory and sovereignty take shape in struggles over indigenous land. Her research and teaching interests include political philosophy, coloniality and violence. She is also active as a freelance essayist and more recently as a filmmaker. She is responsible for the course Inclusion, citizenship, and exclusion. [http://www.patricia-lorenzoni.com/]
Catrin Lundström is Associate Professor in Sociology and LiU Research Fellow at REMESO. Her current research examines the intersections of whiteness, gender and Swedishness through a transnational lense. She has published extensively in the fields of critical ethnography, critical race and whiteness studies, migration studies, latino/a studies, and feminist sociology, see [https://liu.se/en/employee/catlu59]

Nedžad Mešić is PhD in Migration and Ethnicity and university teacher in society and culture in a school perspective. His current research deals with adult migrants’ language education and migrant youths’ spare time activities. His research has also focused on the conditions for precarious and temporary workers in Sweden and the EU, as well as on trade union engagements for undocumented migrant workers. You will meet him as teacher in ‘Class, Labour Migration and Globalization’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/nedme85]
Anders Neergaard, associate professor in sociology. His research spans a number of fields within political sociology, labour market studies focussing especially on issues of racialization, class and gender. He will participate in the program as teacher and be course director of ‘The world system in the post-colonial era’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/andne26]

Olav Nygård is a PhD-student at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO). His research deals with how class, gender and immigrant background affect the role of social capital in stratification processes. His current focus is the educational system, but he has also studied diversity in cultural institutions for the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis. You will meet him as a teacher in 'Intersectional migration studies: bodies, genders, sexualities'. [https://liu.se/en/employee/olany64]

Carl-Ulrik Schierup is a professor in Ethnic Studies with disciplinary background in social anthropology and sociology. He has published widely on issues of international migration and ethnic relations, globalization, nationalism, multiculturalism, citizenship, working life and labour relations. You will meet him as a teacher in ’The World System in the Post-colonial Era’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/carsc04]
Simone Scarpa is postdoctoral research fellow with an interest in comparative social policy, urban studies, and quantitative methods. His latest publications deal with immigration policy, welfare states and urban inequality patterns. You will meet him as a teacher in "Class, Labour Migration and Globalization" and "Critical methodologies in ethnic and migration studies". [https://liu.se/en/employee/simsc35].
Zoran Slavnic is associate professor of Sociology. His primary research interests are the informalization of economy and its relation to migration and transformations of the labour market. He also works on the preconditions for self-employment among immigrants in Sweden, and long-term integration outcomes for refugees. You will meet him as a teacher in “Critical methodologies in ethnic and migration studies”. [https://liu.se/en/employee/zorsl23]

Xolani Tshabalala has a MA degree in Forced Migration from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, a PhD from REMESO in Ethnicity and Migration. He is doing research within the emerging area of critical border studies, including everyday experiences of economic migration, cross-border livelihood strategies and associated politics of ‘informality’. His teaching includes the course ‘The World System in the Postcolonial Era’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/xolts48]

Julia Willén is a doctoral candidate in ethnicity and migration at REMESO. Her dissertation concerns the idea of white Africanity and dissident whites in Apartheid South Africa. Other research interests concern postcolonial and decolonial historiography, heritage and memory studies, and critical race and whiteness studies. She will be teaching at the course ‘Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Culture and the Arts’. [https://liu.se/en/employee/julwi51]