Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America

Gör din röst hörd: feminism och fiktion

17-19 OKTOBER 2019




ASTRA Symposium 2016


Welcome to the website of ASTRA, the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America. ASTRA was founded at the first ASTRA luncheon in Seattle, WA, on Friday April 23, 2010 during the 99th annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), with the intention to register the organization as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Former Swedish Information Service Director Marna Feldt reported on the history of academic meetings between the Swedish Teachers and Researcher in North America. Additional founding members were invited to join ASTRA during the remainder of the SASS 2010 conference.

ASTRA is a non-profit organization for researchers and teachers involved in Swedish language, linguistics, literature, culture, and area studies. ASTRA promotes the study of Swedish, Sweden, and other Swedish speaking contexts at all levels, and works to facilitate cooperation between scholars engaged in these fields.  


ASTRA Foundation Luncheon




President Amanda Doxtater

Vice-President  Scott Mellor

Treasurer  Christopher "Chip" Oscarson

Secretary  Benjamin Mier-Cruz

Member at large  Kimberly La Palm

Graduate Student Representative Elizabeth Howard





American Swedish Institute

Chelsea Bowen

Ingela Haaland                

Jean Hanslin

Karin Krull

Ingrid Nyholm-Lange

Gregg White  

Augustana College

Kimberly La Palm

Mark Säfström

Brigham Young University

Christopher "Chip" Oscarson

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Allison Spenader

Columbia University

Ralitsa Lazarova

Lena Stenwall

Concordia College

Emily Kajsa Pyenson

Consulate General of Sweden in New York

Niklas Arnegren

Georgia Institute of Technology

Anna Westerståhl Stenport

Gustavus Adolphus College

David Jessup

Ursula Lindqvist           

Kjerstin Moody

Harvard University

Agnes Broomé


Valorie Arrowsmith

Bror Cederström

Tara Chace

Suzanne Martin Cheadle

Karin Eriksson

Marna Feldt

Kimberly La Palm

Fredrik Starmark

Kim-Eric Williams

Rachel Willson-Broyles

Innis College

Roger Greenwald

Minnesota State University

Rennesa Jessup

North Park University

Ann-Marie Andreasson-Hogg

Charles Peterson

Oglethorpe University

Jay Lutz

Ohio State University

Agi Riskó

Pacific Lutheran University

Troy Storfjell

Portland Community College

Gunilla Rohdin

Portland State University

Christina Kreft-Tengblad

Rochester Institute of Technology

Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm

San Diego State University

Anne Charlotte Harvey

Swedish Cultural Center

Laura A. Wideburg

The Swedish School, Seattle

Pia Nyström

The Swedish School, Washington, D.C.

Maria Bouroncle

Ann-Catrine Skoog Elmer

Margareta Feller

Gunnel Hamilton

Margareta Storm

Lisa Ehm Waller




Tecnológico de Monterrey

Pontus Wallenborg

University of Alberta, Edmonton

John Eason

University of Arizona

Elisabeth Goodwin

University of British Columbia

Lena Karlström

University of California, Berkeley

Christian Gullette

Karen Møller

Carl Olsen  

Linda Rugg

Lotta Weckström

UC Berkeley, Extension

Agneta Schipper


Arne Lunde

University at Albany, SUNY

Esther Szalczer

University of Chicago

Michelle Urberg

University of Colorado

Merete Leonhardt-Lupa

Benjamin Teitelbaum

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Verena Höfig

Theo Malekin

David Sellinger

Rochelle Wright

University of Maryland

Rose-Marie Oster

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sherrill Harbison

University of Michigan

Johanna Eriksson

University of Minnesota

Jacqueline Listemaa

Lena Norrman

University of Nebraska

Edith Matteson

University of Oregon

Benjamin Mier-Cruz

University of Pennsylvania

A. Carina Åhren

University of Pittsburgh

Eva Albertson

University of Texas at Austin

Elizabeth Alexander

Lynn Wilkinson

University of Toronto

Anu Muhonen

University of Washington         

Stina Cowan

Amanda Doxtater

Ia Dübois

Lotta Gavel Adams

Sabina Ivenäs

Lars Jenner

Kim Kraft

Mimi Nielsen

Liina-Ly Roos

Axel Thorson

Timothy Warburton

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Susan Brantly

Marcus Cederström

Scott Mellor

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Veronica Lundbäck

Yale University

Peter Leonard




News & Events


barnkultur en prioritering 

ASTRA nämns i Kulturrådets nya bloggpost om barnkultur! Tack Linda Zachrison! 


ASTRA is discussed in Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer's article "Sweden Is a World Leader in Peace, Security, and Human Rights."  The essay, which  "examines Sweden’s role in soft power diplomacy on issues such as women’s rights, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex (LGBTI) equality, and feminist foreign policy" is available here


Position Opening: Director of PLU's Scandinavian Cultural Center


Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Washington (USA), is accepting applications for the position of Director of the university's Scandinavian Cultural Center. The Director will oversee all operations of the SCC, and may also teach. This is an administrative position with possible faculty status, pending the qualifications of the successful applicant. Full details on the position, along with application procedures, can be found at


Instructor of Swedish and Scandinavian Position (full time) taking Applications:


The Department of German and Scandinavian at the University of Oregon invites applications for a full time Instructor or Swedish and Scandinavian. Our future colleague will teach language as well as general education courses in Scandinavian culture, literature and film; and work with creative faculty, staff, students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We are eager to continue building a strong cohort of students, majors and minors. The full time position is equal to 9 courses taught per Academic Year (3 terms per academic year). The Job begins September 16, 2017.  Applicants may see the full job description and apply at by clicking on the Job Title and submitting all the application materials requested via this website.  Review of applications begins May 15, 2017. We intend to hire as soon as possible. The position is open until filled.

Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce-USA is pleased to announce the Linnaeus/AIFM Swedish Scholarship:


·        One year Master Program in International Business Strategy at Linnaeus University. Free tuition.

·        Internship with AIF Management AB, in parallel with studies

·        September 2017 to June 2018

·        Location: Kalmar, Sweden

·        Application deadline: February 28, 2017


·        U.S citizen or permanent U.S resident

·        Bachelor's Degree (or Master's) in Business or equivalent

·        Genuine interest in internationals business and financial markets

·        Both young professionals and students are welcome to apply

Please see attached file for more information. To apply, please email


“look at what’s happening last night in Sweden”

ASTRA Statement: February 22, 2017

We are an association of researchers, professors and teachers whose work focuses on teaching Swedish language and culture and communicating with North Americans about Sweden and its role in the world, both historical and contemporary. President Trump’s apparently off-handed remark about an undefined “event” during his speech on February 18 set off ripples of confusion and then amusement among Swedes and friends of Sweden. The error provided international entertainment, but it was in fact no joke. When the Swedish ambassador to the U.S. asked for an explanation, he received none, though the President did issue a tweet, saying that his remark was “in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.” The broadcast to which he refers made use of the kind of footage and editing typical of propaganda, with repeated images of, on the one hand, peaceful public spaces populated primarily by anonymous white people, and scenes of violence, confrontation, and destruction with anonymous dark-skinned perpetrators. The Fox broadcast opened with an interview with two Swedish policemen’s comments on an uptick in crime; Swedish Television, SVT aired a segment the following day in which the aggrieved officers asserted that they had been interviewed by Fox journalists under false pretenses about the topic of the broadcast and their remarks did not refer to immigration (see links below). As a group, we are well aware of the debates in Sweden surrounding immigration; indeed, our latest conference, held in Boulder in 2016, was devoted to the vexed topic of immigration and multiculturalism in Sweden. Our members have researched and published on these issues, which are unfolding in real time: on February 20th, two days after the President’s incorrect statement, a violent confrontation between police and youth in a predominately immigrant neighborhood did in fact take place. In issuing this statement, ASTRA reaffirms its commitment to educating the North American public on Swedish society, both its triumphs and its troubles, from a position of expertise and experience.

Even off-handed remarks can have detrimental and lasting effects. In 1960, Dwight David Eisenhower also made a mistake in a speech. He said that he had read an article stating that a certain, unnamed "friendly European country" that had "a tremendous record for socialistic operation" had suffered an "almost unbelievable" increase in the rate of suicide. His listeners assumed that he was referencing Sweden, and promptly a tradition of associating Sweden with high suicide rates and despair became entrenched. Eisenhower was, however, misinformed. A Swedish scholar, Åke Daun, published an article in 2005 that examined historic statistics and disproved the statement. Today a search of the internet quickly reveals that the U.S. suicide rate ranks 50th internationally, and Sweden is 58th. But the coupling of “Sweden” and “suicide” remains a constant. Because inaccurate statements are so easy to make and so hard to undo, we feel that it is incumbent on us to speak out to support an image of Sweden that is backed by linguistic competence, solid research, and dedication to honesty and fairness.



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Additional resources and links:

Sweden’s official response to Trump’s remarks about Sweden:

Aftonbladet’s response:


SVT’s segment including interviews with Swedish police officers


For an account of Eisenhower’s critique of the Swedish welfare state, see Fredrick Hale’s article:

Åke Daun’s research can be found here:

ASTRA Conference October 20-22, 2016
Nordic Department, University of Colorado-Boulder

Sverige i världen, världen i Sverige –
Immigration och mångkultur i dagens Sverige.

Torsdag kväll-lördag 20-22 oktober

Millenium Harvest House, Boulder
Tack vare ett generöst stöd från SI kan konferensen bjuda deltagare på två nätters hotellvistelse i delat dubbelrum.

Merete Leonhardt-Lupa
Ben Teitelbaum
University of Colorado-Boulder

Viktor Hennius
Svenska Institutionen

ASTRA Lunch at SASS 2016

Come to the ASTRA lunch at SASS from 12:10-1:20 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Compass Room of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside!

In lieu of a formal catered luncheon we have opted for a more informal, brown bag lunch meeting. Please bring your lunch (there is a food court a short distance from the hotel) and join us for a meeting in the Compass Room.

Astra Membership


$20 for north american residents

For membership in ASTRA, contact the Treasurer Christopher Oscarson.