My teaching and research are in the area of English-language literary studies and literature education. As Pro-Dean, I work with university-wide questions concerning quality in education and research.
I received my PhD in English from Uppsala University in 2010 and I first came to Dalarna University in the same year. During my time as a lecturer at Dalarna, I have engaged in service to the profession of various kinds, for instance as head of the English subject and as chair of the Faculty Board for Humanities at Dalarna University (in the latter capacity, I was involved in for the assessment of educational quality). I am also a former Dalarna University representative in Humtank, a think tank for research and education in the Humanities sponsored by 14 Swedish universities and university colleges (Humtank).
My teaching covers various areas of English studies, mainly contemporary English-language literature and culture, literary history, children’s literature, literary theory, as well as BA and MA thesis supervision. The courses I teach are both general English courses and English courses in primary teacher education and in secondary and upper secondary teacher education. I also teach literature in African Studies.
In my research, I have been interested in the value ascribed to literary studies in English, and by extension to English-language literature, in Swedish educational settings, from primary school through higher education. Knowledge mediation and teacher educator identities and attitudes are other areas I have written about. I have also been interested in the potential of literature to portray human experience and to help understand societal phenomena, and I have written on such topics as the Great Irish Famine and 9/11 terrorism in contemporary Anglo-American fiction.