Mattias Gardell

Dr. Mattias Gardell

NORFAS leader

Mattias Gardell is Nathan Söderblom Professor in Comparative Religion and Director of Research at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies of Racism (CEMFOR) at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has been a visiting scholar at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has extensive experience of ethnographic studies on fascism in the United States and the Nordic countries. Gardell has published eleven peer-reviewed research monographs and a study of single-actor terrorists written together with Heléne Lööw and Michael Dahlberg-Grundberg. In 2003, Gardell received the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities Loubatska Award for Distinguished Research in the Humanities. He was one of the expert witnesses at the trial against Anders Behring Breivik. Gardell has led 16 research projects and is currently working on several issues related to fascism studies. Read more…

Nicola Karcher

Dr. Nicola Karcher

NORFAS coordinator

Nicola Karcher is a historian and Associate Professor at the Østfold University College, Norway, where she is head of the research group PRIS (Politics, Religion, Ideology and Society in education). She is also NORFAS-coordinator. Karcher is affiliated with the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies, where she has been a researcher in the project Democratic institutions facing Nazi occupation: Norway in a comparative perspective, financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Karcher has published on the history of fascism, occupation history, history of education, antisemitism and racism, particularly with regard to the Nordic countries. She has authored a monograph on Norwegian Nazification policy and civilian resistance and co-edited the volume Movements and Ideas of the Extreme Right in Europe. Positions and Continuities. Read more…

Markus Lundström

Dr. Markus Lundström

NORFAS coordinator

Markus Lundström is researcher and coordinator of NORFAS. With a PhD in Economic history, and a publication record in sociology, Lundström explores how political thought develops in extra-parliamentary milieus. He has written books on social movement historiography as well as anarchism and democracy. He has also published scientific articles on anarchist and fascist political thought. His fascism studies concern the ideological development of Swedish radical nationalism and its recent manifestations in podcasts. Read more…

Lars M Andersson

Dr. Lars M Andersson

Lars M Andersson is Senior Lecturer at the Department of History at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has mainly done research on Swedish antisemitism and refugee policy, but has also published high school textbooks on history and religious studies, anthologies on contemporary history, counterfactual history, images as historical sources, liability issues and moral debate in historical accounts, migration and Swedish Jewish history. He has furthermore co-edited three festschrift. From 2002 to 2006, he was the editor of Historisk tidskrift, and has also served as editor of the Lagerbringbiblioteket series with Ulf Zander. From 2006 to 2012, he was Head of the Department of History at Uppsala University. Andersson is currently on the editorial board of Historisk tidskrift, Scandinavian Jewish Studies and Opuscula Historica Upsaliensia. He is additionally one of the two Directors of Forum for Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Theology. Read more…

Sofie Lene Bak

Dr. Sofie Lene Bak

Sofie Lene Bak is Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the author of several books, articles and papers on memory, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, most recently Nothing to speak of: Wartime experiences of the Danish Jews 1943-45. She is former curator and research manager at the Danish Jewish Museum and is continuously dedicated to public history in developing TV documentaries, educational textbooks and features. Read more…

Claus Bundgård Christensen

Dr. Claus Bundgård Christensen

Claus Bundgård Christensen is Associate Professor of History at Roskilde University, Denmark. He has published books and articles on the Waffen-SS, Holocaust, Nazism and the Nazi war of extermination at the Eastern front in Danish, English and German. Bundgård Christensen’s most recent grant came from the Augustinus Foundation for the project Wilfred Petersen and his Danish Boys 1932-1947, an investigation into an organization promoting a Nordic form of NazismRead more…

Terje Emberland

Dr. Terje Emberland

Terje Emberland is Research Professor at the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies and affiliated researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is an expert on fascism, anti-Semitism, Norwegian occupation history and conspiracy theories and has written a number of articles and monographs in these fields. He has been Senior Researcher in the research projects Norwegians in the Waffen-SS and Democratic institutions facing Nazi occupation, participated in developing several documentaries and served as expert witness in the trial against Anders Behring Breivik. Read more…

Tommi Kotonen

Dr. Tommi Kotonen

Tommi Kotonen is a political scientist at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and research coordinator of the Academy of Finland profiling area Crises Redefined: Historical Continuity and Societal Change. His publications include works on far-right subculture, political violence and vigilantism. Kotonen’s latest monograph, Politiikan juoksuhaudat (Atena, 2018), analyses the development of right-wing extremism in Finland during the Cold War. Read more…

Heléne Lööw

Dr. Heléne Lööw

Heléne Lööw is Associate Professor at the Department of History at Uppsala University, Sweden. Lööw has extensive experience of directing large research projects. From 2010 to 2013, she led the research program Good practice for dialogue and communication as strategic principles for policing political manifestations in Europe (GODIAC), with financial support from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime programme of the European Commission. From 2003 to 2006, Lööw was Director of the Living History Forum. From 2000 to 2001 Lööw worked at the Prime Minister’s office with Stockholm International Forum: Combating Intolerance. She has represented Sweden at the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI, 1998-99), and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC, 2000-2004). In addition, Lööw has served in several state commissions and inquiries pertaining to the Second World War, and has been a researcher at the National Council of Crime Prevention and the universities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Uppsala. Her field of expertise includes political violence and terrorism, racism and white supremacy, hate crime, crime prevention and counter-terrorism, and police science. A leading expert on Swedish National Socialist movements, Lööw has published three monographs on the topic, edited several volumes and produced a large number of articles and research reports. Read more…

Oula Silvennoinen

Dr. Oula Silvennoinen

Oula Silvennoinen is a historian currently working at the University of Helsinki as an Academy Research Fellow. He earned his doctorate in 2008 with a study into Finnish-German security police co-operation during 1933-1944. Since then, Silvennoinen has published on the fields of Holocaust and genocide studies, as well as the history of fascist and far-right movements, and written a number of non-fiction titles and biographies. Read more…

Leena Malkki

Dr. Leena Malkki

Leena Malkki is a historian and political scientist specialized in the study of political violence in Western countries. She is editor-in-chief of Politiikasta, an award-winning Finnish-language journal that aims to popularize social science research for a larger audience, and a convener of the ECPR Standing Group on political violence. Her research interests include the dynamics of political violence, school shootings, and societal resilience against political violence. Malkki is currently leading an externally funded research project which aims to understand why there has been so little political violence in post-war Finland. Read more…

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Daniel Sallamaa

Daniel Sallamaa is a doctoral student of political history with expertise in the study of terrorism, political violence and extremist movements. His dissertation deals with the activism and violence of extraparliamentary right-wing extremist and anti-immigration groups in 21st century Finland. Sallamaa has previously published on right-wing extremism and political violence in Finland and the Nordic region, among other topics. Read more…