Michal Grahn

Researcher at Department of Government; Faculty

+46 18 471 57 25
Visiting address:
Östra Ågatan 19
753 22 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Political scientist within Swedish and comparative politics. My areas of interest include political representation, behavior, gender, and sexuality politics. My work can be found in the European Journal of Political Research, Research & Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and other outlets. Find out more on michalgrahn.com.


  • gender and politics
  • legislative studies
  • party politics
  • political behaviour
  • political representation
  • sexuality politics
  • swedish politics



I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester and a Master of Science degree in Political Science from Uppsala University. In May 2019, I earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Uppsala University. My Ph.D. dissertation is titled "Incumbent Renomination: Accountability and Gender Bias."

Teaching experience

I have accumulated more than 2,000 clock hours of teaching experience, including lectures, seminars, thesis supervision, course creation and coordination, examination, and course evaluation. My teaching interests encompass comparative politics and methodology. Since autumn 2014, I have been teaching in the graduate course in qualitative methods, taking over as head teacher in 2018. In spring 2015, I began teaching in the undergraduate Comparative European Politics course, becoming the head teacher for the course in 2016.

Currently, I teach the following courses:

  • Bachelor's Level: Bachelor's thesis, Comparative European Politics (Head Teacher)
  • Master's Level: Master thesis, Gender, Power and Institutions, and Master Methods (Head Teacher)

Professional service

At present, I am an ordinary member of the Department Board and the Committee for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies (NUGA). I also serve as a Master of Ceremonies for the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Between 2021 and 2023, I served as the project manager for the Department of Government's 400-year jubilee celebrations.


I am currently (2023) involved in three research projects.

Strategic inclusion? The promises and pitfalls of diversity initiatives in Swedish party politics

(2020-2023, FORTE).

In this project, we investigate the impact of candidate quotas on the political representation of various social strata. We do so with the help of both register data and survey experiments. Read more.

More rights, more participation? The rights of gays, lesbians and bisexuals and their political engagement in Sweden

(PI, 2023-2026, Swedish Research Council).

In this project, we use Swedish register data to conduct temporal and intersectional analyses of political participation patterns among LGBTQ+ individuals in Sweden. Read more.


Still segregated? Temporal and intersectional analysis of the residential, occupational and political segregation of sexual minorities in Sweden

(PI, 2023-2027, Swedish Research Council).

In this project, we examine the long-term trends in spatial, economic, and political segregation among LGBTQ+ individuals in Sweden, utilizing Swedish register data. Read more.


The power over discourse: This is how Putin's propaganda machine works

Vladimir Putin's regime has over the last two decades increased its capacity to spread propaganda in Eastern Europe with the aim to destabilize the region's young democracies.


This is how inaccurate news about the Swedish Covid-19 strategy spread.

Political scientist Michal Smrek writes about how critical analyses of the "Swedish model" spread across the European press where they became increasingly factually inaccurate.


The Swedish model is popular at home. It is no social experiment.

Political scientist Michal Smrek writes about how the Swedish approach to battling Covid 19 is perceived at home. (in Slovak)


Trump takes the lead in culture wars against trans people




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Michal Grahn