On Swedish whiteness 

My research spans over the fields of sociology, migration studies, critical race and whiteness studies and gender studies.

I am Senior Lecturer in Ethnicity and Migration at REMESO. I defended my thesis in sociology at the University of Uppsala in 2007 and became Associate Professor of Sociology in 2011. Between 2009 and 2011, I was a post doc at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), at Umeå University. I also worked as a teacher and researcher at Mälardalen University, Stockholm University, Lund University, and Södertörn University, primarily within the fields of sociology and gender studies. I have been a visiting researcher at the University of Arizona, Tucson and University of California, Santa Barbara. Between 2013 and 2019, I was a Future Research Leader at Linköping University in Sweden.

My research spans over the fields of sociology, migration studies, critical race and whiteness studies and gender studies. I approach whiteness as a global postcolonial and transnational construct, by which whiteness and white identities shift in relation to other categories such as gender, sexuality and class. In my research, I have examined the notion of Swedishness and national identity among young Latinas in Sweden and national identity among expatriate and returning Swedish migrant women.

From ethnographic studies with Swedish migrant women in the US, Singapore and Spain I published the book White Migration: gender, whiteness and privilege in transnational migration (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) in which I discuss how the field of migration studies can be developed by empirically including migrants within and from “the West” in the theoretical analysis of different migration processes.

In 2003 I was rewarded a research grant from the Swedish research council for the project “Re-integrating Swedishness: the politics of belonging among returning Swedish migrant women”.
Currently, I work on a historicized analysis of the formation and development of Swedish whiteness, presented in the book “Vit melankoli: en analys av en vit nation i kris” [White melancholia: an analysis of a white nation in crisis] (Makadam, 2020).
Since 2020 I am Director of Doctoral Studies at the Department of Culture and Society, Campus Norrköping.


My teaching, supervising and mentoring experience reaches from basic to advanced level at Linköping University, Stockholm University, Umeå University, Uppsala University, Södertörn University and Mälardalen University covering sociology, gender studies, and international migration and ethnic relations. I regularly give talks inside and outside of academia in Sweden and abroad.

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Lundström, Catrin och Tobias Hübinette (2020) Vit melankoli: en analys av en vit nation i kris [White melancholia: an analysis of a white nation in crisis]. Stockholm/Göteborg: Makadam.

Lundström, Catrin (2014) White Migrations: Gender, Whiteness and Privilege in Transnational Migration. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Lundström, Catrin (2007) Svenska latinas. Ras, klass och kön i svenskhetens geografi [Swedish Latinas: race, class and gender in the geography of Swedishness]. Stockholm/Göteborg: Makadam.

Articles and book chapters

Lundström, Catrin (2019) White Women. White Nation. White Cosmopolitanism: Swedish women between the national and the global. NORA Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 7(2): 96-111.

Lundström, Catrin (2017) Embodying exoticism: Swedish women and Nordic Whiteness in the US. Scandinavian Studies, 89(2): 179-199.

Lundström, Catrin (2017), The white side of migration: reflections on race, belonging and migration in Sweden. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 7(2); 79-87.

Hübinette, Tobias & Catrin Lundström (2014) Three phases of hegemonic whiteness. Understanding racial temporalities in Sweden. Social Identities, 20(6). 423-437.

Lundström, Catrin (2013) “Mistresses” and “maids” in transnational “contact zones”: Expatriate wives and the intersection of difference and intimacy in Swedish domestic spaces in Singapore. Women’s Studies International Forum, 36(1): 44-53.

Lundström, Catrin & France Winddance Twine (2011) White migrations. Swedish women, racial privileges and gender vulnerabilities. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 18(1): 67-86.

Lundström, Catrin (2010) Concrete Bodies. Latina Girls transgressing the Boundaries of Race and Gender in White Inner-city Stockholm. Gender, Place and Culture. A Journal of Feminist Geography. 17(2): 151-167.




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IMISCOE Standing Committee Gender, migration and transnational lives is Europe's largest network of scholars in the area of migration and integration.

White Spaces network

The White Spaces network, Leeds University, UK is an international interdisciplinary network of scholars, activists, students and practitioners who share an interest in issues of whiteness in the context of global racialised power dynamics.

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Lifestyle Migration Hub, an international research network.

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