Meet Stockholm Faculty

Allegra Lord

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, with a certificate in translational medicine, from the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard University (Boston MA, 2015). Postdoctoral fellow in the departments of Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Hematology and Regenerative Medicine (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, since 2015). Research focus on blood stem cells and the development of childhood leukemia. With DIS since January 2018.  

Anna Cavallin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Department of Literature, Stockholm University, 2016). M.A. (Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, 1999). Instructor at the Department of Gender Studies at Stockholm University (2010-2013, 2015-current) as well as the 'Gender in Swedish Culture and Society' course at The Swedish Program from 2008-2016. Fields of research interest include gender perspectives in cultural studies, Swedish and international literature, and history. With DIS since 2016.

Anna Simonsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Studied photojournalism at Nordens Fotoskola (2002). Since then she has worked full time with photojournalism and is specialized in portraits and stories. Anna works mostly for magazines and union newspapers and was the photo editor of the now closed magazine Ingenjören. In 2010 and 2012 she won the Best Photo Award at the Union Press Day.

Anne Bachmann

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, 2014). M.St. in European Literature (Oxford University, 2004). Taught Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies and Media and Communication at Stockholm University 2006–2017 (part time), as well as at other Swedish universities. Fields of interest include media history, intermedial studies, visual culture, gender studies and postcolonial studies. With DIS since 2017.

Barbara Gamper

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.Sc. in Psychology, (University of Stockholm, 1988 - 1993). Specialist training in Organizational Psychology and Identity-Oriented Psychotrauma therapy. The first part of her career has been in clinical work, mainly in the public sector. Among other things she has worked with adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses in residential care and multi-problematic families. The last ten years she has worked as an organizational consultant, first in an international consultancy company, where she became Head of Consultants and member of the executive management team. In addition she has worked with personality assessments and management team development internationally, in the Nordics, Russia, Ukraine and the US. Since 2011 she has been self-employed as a clinical and organizational consultant. With DIS since 2016.

Catalyst McIlroy

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MSc in Equality Studies (University College Dublin, 2008). Trans activist and educator, engaged in LGBTQ activism in Ireland and Europe since 2007, as former Co-Chair of Transgender Europe (TGEU) and Co-ordinator of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). Currently Chairperson of Trans Fest Stockholm, a community collective celebrating trans and gender-diverse visibility, culture and community. With DIS since 2017.

Daniel Pedersen

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, 2016) with the study Poetics of Tears: Nelly Sachs’s authorship to "In den Wohnungen des Todes”. Masters of Arts and Social Sciences (Art History, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Umeå University). Bachelor of the Arts (History of Ideas, Umeå University). Studied photography, philosophy, and languages in San Francisco, Berlin, and Paris. Has been active as a translator (French, German, English) and essayist for the last ten years. Editor of Aiolos Magazine. With DIS since 2016.

Djina Wilk

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature, Washington University of St. Louis, graduation year 2007. Also Swedish official teaching qualification (subject: languages) from Stockholm University and Stockholm Lärarhögskola, graduation year 2009. Current self-employed at Bee Swedish, a private language business,  since February 2016. Former Education Manager and also teacher in English at Komvux, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. Also member of the board at Folkuniversitetet Stockholm. Has been teaching Swedish as a foreign language since 2004, for example at Internationella Skolorna Düsseldorf, Germany and also Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm. With DIS since 2016.

Ebba Karlsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology (Stockholm University, 2015), B.A. in Philosophy (Stockholm University, 2013). Visiting student in Politics and Public Policy at New York University, and research internship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. Founder of Poplar, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving political civility in society. Also working as an organisational consultant, focusing on leadership development, stress resilience and well-being. With DIS since 2016.

Psychology, Ebba Karlsson

Elisabeth Scharf

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Mag.Phil. in Literature, History, Psychology and Pedagogics (University of Vienna 1985). University of Uppsala (1985-1986): Scandinavian literature with focus on women in literature from the Vikings until modern times. Founder and Owner of the language company Deutsch Exzellent (1990-). Has recently also been working with immigrants and long term unemployed people. With DIS since 2017.

Swedish Language and Culture Elisabeth Scharf

Elodie Cauvet

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, from Pierre & Marie Curie University in Paris (France). Her research interest started with language acquisition in infants leading to the study of the cerebral processing of language and music in adults. She became interested in neurodevelopmental disorders starting with developmental dyslexia then expending into autism spectrum disorders as well as ADHD. She is using techniques from psychology as well as neuroimaging in her research, this includes MRI (anatomical and functional) as well as EEG and eye tracking. She has been conducting her latest research at Karolinska Institutet Center for Neuro-developmental Disorders (KIND). Her interests include social cognitive skills, empathy and emotion processing within the whole spectrum of functioning from typicality till disorders such as ASD. She has been with DIS since 2016.

Greger Wahlstedt

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MBA (Finance, Manchester Business School) and CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) from Stockholm School of Economics. Greger has been working for more than 30 years in the financial markets. He has a solid experience as head of large asset management units; 14 years as head of Handelsbanken's fixed income fund management and asset allocation, as well as heading the investment division at the swedish central bank (Riksbanken) in charge of the management of the gold and foreign exchange reserves. Originally, an economist, but he has also worked as quant analyst as well as senior sales in structured derivatives and Private Banking at Handelsbanken. He is an appreciated teacher in economics, bond markets and interest rate products, among other things. Since 2010 he is a subconsultant to Finanskompetens and educates Investment advisors in finance, financial markets and portfolio theory for the SwedSec license. Examples of such employees who need that licence can be investment advisors, brokers, managers, analysts, compliance officers, risk managers and management. Greger has been a member of the Credit Market group in The Swedish Society of Financial Analysts (SFF) for 20 years. With DIS Stockholm since 2017.

Hans Brun

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD student at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. His research is focused upon various aspects of counter-terrorism, asymmetrical conflicts, and intelligence based police. At the moment he is finishing his PhD thesis on the use of hard power policies in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Some of his latest publications are “A Neo-Nationalist Network: The English Defense League and Europe´s Counter-Jihad Network” (with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, 2013) and “Terrorism Learning and Innovation: Lessons from PIRA in Northern Ireland” (with Magnus Ranstorp, 2013). He gives lectures on a regular basis in Sweden, Europe, and the United States for academics as well as professionals. With DIS since 2016.

Henrik Ahlenius

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MA and BA in Philosophy, Stockholm University. PhD candidate, Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University. Visiting student research collaborator, Princeton University 2008. Lecturer, Karolinska Institutet since 2008. With DIS since 2017.

Public Health, Henrik Ahlenius

Ioanna Markaki

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Karolinska Institutet, 2013), M.D. (University of Crete 2001). Specialist in Neurology (2014). Board certified specialist at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm since 2014. Research in stroke and Parkinson's disease. Clinical tutor for medical students since 2013. With DIS since 2017.

Jan Holmgaard

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. PhD in Comparative Literature at Stockholm University. Visiting researcher at Oxford University and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen. Most recent publication: Filosofen och vargen (The Philosopher and the Wolf) (2015), which deals with the intricate relationship between philosophy and literature, from Plato to Derrida. Current research project: Radical Mimesis: Writing the Other. With DIS since 2017.

Jan Mulder

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD in molecular neurobiology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2005), MSc in biology (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 2000).  Senior researcher and group leader at Science for Life laboratory, department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute since 2010. Group leader of the brain profiling efforts within the Human Protein Atlas project since 2010. Research in identifying the cellular location of proteins linked to brain function and disease. With DIS since 2017.  

Jim Breen

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.SC. ECONS (Development Studies, London School of Economics, 1995). BA (Economics, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1983). A practicing economist with 20 years experience in the field. Taught at The International Training Centre Of The United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) – DELNET (Torino, Italy, 2003-2005). With DIS since 2017.

John Madas

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MD (University of Crete 2016). Research Assistant at the Center for Molecular Medicine (Solna University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet). With DIS since 2017.

Kim Bergqvist

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD Candidate in History, Department of History/Centre for Medieval Studies, Stockholm University. Taught medieval history at Stockholm University (2012–16). MA in History, Stockholm University (2010). Visiting Scholar to Columbia University (2016), Cornell University (2014) and the University of Navarra, Spain (2012–13). ​Areas of specialization: medieval Scandinavia; medieval Iberia; comparative history; medieval literature; political culture; gender history; the history of emotions. With DIS since 2018.

Linus Meyer

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Linus Meyer is a renowned photographer with a degree from Nordens Fotoskola and 17 years experience freelancing as a photographer for some of the biggest newspapers and magazines in Sweden. He has won several awards for his portraits and stories, both in Sweden and internationally. In recent years he has been focusing on photographing extreme sports, like cliff skiing and mountain biking; sports that he also practices in his spare time.

Marco Nase

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. (Department of History, Södertörn University, 2016). M.A. (History, Political Science, Scandinavian Studies, Greifswald University, 2009). Lecturer at the Department of History at Södertörn University (2015-current) and Stockholm University (2016). Fields of research interest include historical perspectives at Higher Education and the development of historical regions. With DIS since 2016.

Maria Carlsson

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. in Music, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, 2017. Professional Swedish singer, performing regularly in solo, band, and vocal group concerts. Vocal teacher and teacher in music and ensemble with 10+ years experience. With DIS since 2017.

Meiling Liu

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology (China University of Political Science and Law, 2010). Post Doctorate in Forensic Psychology (Gothenburg University, 2012). Worked as an organizational consultant in areas of leadership and cross-cultural competence training in Sweden. Also has worked as a teacher and researcher at universities in China, and was promoted to the position of associate professor in China. With DIS since 2016.

Meiling Liu, DIS Stockholm faculty

Natalia Landázuri Sáenz

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA (2005).  Post-doctoral fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. Associate Professor Biomedicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Fulbright scholar (1999-2001).  Research in genetic engineering, regenerative medicine, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Has created, designed, implemented and evaluated courses at university level. Acted as Pedagogical Advisor, Development and Regeneration Doctoral Program, Karolinska Institutet. Has participated in national and international committees to evaluate and promote scientific and academic advancements. With DIS since 2017.

Nora Döring

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

MSc (Epidemiology) and MSc (European Public Health) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands.  Doctoral student in the department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institutet with a research focus on the prevention and societal consequences of childhood obesity (2013-present). Research fellow in health politics at Maastricht University (2011-2013). With DIS since 2017.

Polina Smiragina

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Masters of Science (2012, School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University). Current PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, and Visiting Scholar at the Department of Criminology, Stockholm University. PhD work investigates the invisibility of male victims of human trafficking, with publications on the subject. Previously worked as Migrant Counsellor and Reintegration Assistant (2014) at the International Organization for Migration in Moscow. With DIS since 2016.

Rachel Irwin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD. Social Anthropology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 2014). MSc. International Health Policy (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2008). Postdoctoral research fellow in medical humanities at Lund University (2016-present). Researcher in global health at Karolinska Institutet (2014-2016). Researcher in health, development and security at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (2011-2016). Research assistant in health policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007-2011). With DIS since 2016.

Public Health Rachel Irwin

Sara Callahan

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD in Art history (Stockholm University, Stockholm, 2018); MA in Art History (Södertörn University, Stockholm, 2012); MFA (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada, 2004); MA Film Production (Middlesex University, UK, 1999);  BA in Religious Studies (King's College, London, 1998). Sara has also worked at various galleries and art institutions in both Stockholm and Seattle. With DIS since 2018.

Simone Eliane Schwank

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

Doctoral fellow at Karolinska Institute Stockholm in Perinatal Mental Health and Fellow at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. Visiting Researcher at Fudan University, Medical School, Shanghai, China. M.S. Psychotherapy (New York City University, 2015), M.A. Linguistics, M.S. in Psychology (University of Gothenburg, 2009), B.A. (University of Zurich, 2007). Worked as psychotherapist in Shanghai, New York, Zurich, and Stockholm. With DIS since 2016.

Steve Turner

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

M.A. in Political Sociology, Harvard University.  Extensive teaching experience in comparative politics, multiculturalism, globalization, welfare state policy and positive psychology. Works as a Leadership Consultant, bringing the lessons from modern psychology and neuroscience to the world of business. Also an avid squash player and kayaker. With DIS since 2016.

Susanna Z. Papp

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

BA and MA in Psychology (Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, 2008), BA in Economics and Business Communication (Budapest Business School, 2003), currently working on her Phd in Psychology. Research interests include restorative justice and victims, and cross-cultural communication. Worked as a psychologist with children and adolescents. Susanna is a communication and conflict management trainer and a lecturer at Budapest Business School. With DIS since 2017.

Psychology, Susanna Papp