Our Team

Our Team

Administration - U.S.


Ken Wagner

Founder & Executive Director

Education: Ph.D. in Sociology, in 1982 from the University of Pittsburgh

As Executive Director, I oversee all aspects of our Program both in the U.S. and in Stockholm.

I started The Swedish Program while I was a professor at Hamilton College in 1987. I first went to Stockholm in 1984 to do research on workplace democracy at Swedish companies, such as Volvo, Ericsson, Saab, and Electrolux.

I sincerely believe that studying abroad is a transformative experience. Our students are fortunate to study in a country that practices the values of global citizenship: tolerance, diversity, solidarity, and international understanding.

My hobbies include golf, gardening, and food. I am an avid Red Sox, Celtics and Buffalo Bills fan (I’m from Buffalo so I had no choice).

portrait_12Alison Gluck

Program Administrator

I’m responsible for all work related to the acceptance of students, program bookkeeping, coordinating all communication with our staff in Stockholm regarding acceptance, housing, arrivals, and any other issues that may arise. I also assist in the recruitment of our students.

Prior to working for the Program, I owned and operated a child daycare for fifteen years. I have obtained an Associate Degree in Office Technology and a Bachelor Degree in Communications.

I enjoy family time, skiing, exercising, soccer, vacationing, and just relaxing by the poolside in the summer months.


Élen Rhoades Kidd

Coordinator for Admissions and Alumni Relations

I was a Program student in the spring of 2002 and have been in love with Sweden ever since! I started working for the Program in 2006.

Much of my job is traveling to colleges and universities around the country and speaking with students about studying with us in Stockholm. One of the best parts of my job is not only getting students excited about The Swedish Program, but also traveling to Stockholm to help our newest students get acclimated to life in Sweden. I also work in Alumni Relations and really enjoy being in touch with our former students – it is incredibly rewarding to hear how a semester or year with The Swedish Program has made such an impact on so many lives!

I graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Psychology in 2003. After two years working in a Montessori school in the Twin Cities, I found my way back to Sweden to study massage for one year. I currently reside in Minneapolis with my husband, two sons, and our dog, Riggins.

My hobbies include almost anything involving the outdoors – camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, soccer, running, biking, adventure racing, and cross-country skiing. In 2008, I completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail – one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life! I love reading, marathon-ing TV series with my husband, and listening to music, especially old-time and bluegrass, and am a novice banjo player.

Our Team

Administration - Stockholm

aleksandraAleksandra Bujacz

Director of Studies

As Director of Studies, my main role is to serve as an academic adviser to students and Chair of the Faculty.

I teach the course The Psychology of Work. I became a psychologist as a result of my strong interest in human nature, especially in the power of individual agency and freedom.

In 2009, I earned my Master’s degree with a major in work and organizational psychology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. Currently, I am a researcher at Karolinska Institute. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology in August, 2017 from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

Personal Trivia/Hobbies:
I have travelled around Europe on my motorcycle. 14 000 km and 11 countries in 38 days at the cost of 1 broken motorcycle chain (I also have a passion for numbers).

Andreas Dahlberg

Program Coordinator

Since my own study abroad experience in Salem, OR, I have been involved with student life in many ways, working with activities, leisure, and accommodations for students at my home university. As Program Coordinator, I am mainly involved with the program events and trips during the semester, but I also take care of student housing and assist with any non-academic issues that the students may have.

I earned my Bachelor’s within the field of Psychology here in my hometown of Stockholm where I have lived for basically my whole life (except for the exchange semester in Oregon). In my free time, I always seek new encounters with interesting people and places. Travel is my passion! When I cannot travel, I enjoy playing and watching football, hiking, and long walks in the city. I also enjoy books, culture, history and bursts of adrenaline!

carinaCarina Kamb Deiaco

Head of Administration

I have been with the program since 1989, except for the five years I lived in Luxembourg. I was initially our Housing Coordinator responsible for finding our host families.

I then became Program Coordinator organizing most Program functions and activities. I was also responsible for finding our apartments. I am now Head of Administration. In this role, I am responsible for all Program administrative and organizational work except for the academic side of the Program.

I really enjoy my job, especially working with our students. Every student has his or her own little quirk. It is fun meeting many different personalities. And, of course, I find it very rewarding helping our students adjust to a new culture and the Swedish way of doing things.

In terms of interests and hobbies, I enjoy family activities, traveling, yoga, and wine. I also am good at sports, especially throwing the axe!! You must join us for our Gotland trip to see for yourself!

Caitlin Hawley

Program Manager

My goal is to help students get the most out of their experience in Stockholm. I am responsible for our digital communications and for developing local partnerships to increase student integration, including our internship and host family programs. I also help advise students on the non-academic aspects of their study abroad experience.

I’m originally from Milwaukee, WI, where I earned my master’s degree in Sociology. I moved to Stockholm in 2012 and joined The Swedish Program in 2016. In my free time, I enjoy reading, the visual arts, and hiking with my dog.

Our Team


jonasJonas Brodin


I teach the following courses on the Program: The Theory and History of Radical Politics; Crime and Punishment in Sweden and the U.S.; Health Care in Sweden and the U.S.; Comparative Public Policy: The Swedish Model in the 21st Century; Comparative Public Policy: Sweden and the EU; Migration Policy and Politics.

B.A., Political Science, University of Hawaii, 1997
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Maryland, 2004

Current Research Interests:
I study how the built environment molds relations of power. This happens in many different ways: in how the space itself is configured—for example, with walls that separate one group from another—as well as in how the space is monitored or how resources or people are distributed within the space. My current project uses the specific case of roads to look at the relationship between built space and power.

I enjoy hiking and camping, and generally spending time in the great outdoors. And since I feel more at home in water than on land, I also try to spend as much time as I can in water—primarily swimming, but also kayaking, fishing, and doing other watersports.

Personal Trivia:
I once got second place in a completely rigged sports/trivia/beauty pageant competition for a variety show on British television.

pederPeder Fallenius


I teach the course on History of Modern Scandinavian Art and Architecture.

I am a PhD in Art History and presented my thesis on May 24, 2003 at the Department of Art History at University of Uppsala.

Current Research Interests:
20th century architecture has been my main research interest ever since I wrote my thesis and it still is.

I have a great passion for music resulting in an ever expanding record collection and a longing to revisit the jazz clubs of Downtown Manhattan.

Malin Nauwerck


I teach the courses Swedish Crime Fiction and Writing Sweden.

My educational background is in comparative literature, which I have studied at Uppsala University and Edinburgh University. I have continued on this line of research and hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Uppsala University (May 2018). In my doctoral thesis, I focus on contemporary publishing practices and Swedish literature’s position within the global literary system.

Current Research Interests:
My research and teaching interests include sociology of literature, world literature, popular fiction, and comics.

Alongside my work in academia, I’m also a literary critic and editor. When I’m not working, I enjoy travelling, lindyhop dancing, cooking, mushroom hunting, fishing trips, and, whenever there is a championship going on, watching figure skating on television.

Nicklas Neuman


I teach the course on Sociology of Food in Sweden.

I earned my Ph.D. at the Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Uppsala University, in 2016. My basic academic training is as an administrative dietician (kostvetare) and I did a master of social science with food research as my main subject.

Current Research Interests:
My research interests are several, but all can be placed under the “umbrella” of the sociology of food. I am interested in consumption, especially related to health and climate change, gendered divisions of housework, gastronomy, food and national identity and the social science of eating behavior.

I am a hardcore Pearl Jam fan and have been so since my late teens.

pehrjohanPehr-Johan Norbäck


I teach the course on The Economics of European Integration

Graduated in 1998 with the thesis, Multinational Firms, Technology and Location at the Department of Economics at Stockholm University. I joined the Research Institute of Industrial Economics (Institutet för Näringslivsforskning, IfN) and was appointed docent in 2004.

Current Research Interests:
I have done extensive research on foreign direct investments and multinational firms. In recent years, my research has also been directed towards how new innovations emerge from the interaction of entrepreneurs, venture capital, and incumbent firms, and how private equity firms affect industrial restructuring.

I like to play sports like soccer and badminton. I am – at least, according to myself – a very good guitar player.

Elena Paltseva


I teach the course on Energy and Environmental Economics.


PhD in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden   2006
Visiting Graduate Student, Department of Economics, Princeton University, USA 2003 – 2004
Master in Economics, New Economic School, Moscow, Russia  1998
M.Sc. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Moscow State University, Russia 1996

My main research interests are political economics and applied microeconomics. I am also interested in resource and energy economics, in particular, from the political economics perspective.  My recent work includes empirical investigation on the relationship between resource rents and political rent capture in different institutional environments, as well as empirical studies on the energy security issues with a particular focus on the EU-Russia relationship.

Currently I am an Assistant Professor at Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at Stockholm School of Economics, and a Visiting Professor in Economics at the New Economic School, Russia.


Besides economics, I enjoy dancing (mostly salsa, but also some argentine tango, etc.), art, and good company.

Camilla Sveréus


I teach the Swedish Language courses.

Languages are my passion and I have a degree from the Language Program at Uppsala University that includes Spanish, Swedish, French and general linguistics.

Current Research Interests:
My other great passion is traveling and getting to know other cultures, which has led me to study and work several times in Spain, work a year in France, and go backpacking in Asia and Latin America. I have taught Swedish as a foreign language since 2011 at quite a few different places, including the universities of Stockholm, Uppsala, and Lille in northern France. I have also done some freelance work editing texts and creating Swedish subtitles for English language TV shows. But teaching is what I like best, because I love my language and enjoy helping others discover it. Also, my students always teach me a lot as well: about their cultures, and about the Swedish language by means of tricky questions!

In my free time I like singing, dancing, spending time in nature, cooking and eating. I do get hungry a lot (you will see me with a banana between classes). This is somewhat problematic when I go traveling – as is my terrible sense of direction. Please don’t ask me how to get anywhere (unless it is to practice your Swedish)!

Hellen Vergoossen


I teach the following courses on the Program:  The Psychology of Sex and Gender and Language, Cognition, and Social Behavior.

Originally from the Netherlands, I completed my BA in Applied Psychology at the Fontys University in Eindhoven in 2011. After working in research for a few years I completed a MA in Psychology at Stockholm University in 2015.

Current Research Interests:
I am currently working on my PhD thesis on the influence of gender-neutral language on person perception. More specifically, I’m interested in how gender-neutral language influences the way we perceive and remember others and whether it affects the stereotypes we associate with them. I am interested in language from a psychological perspective; the way we use language, how language affects the stereotypes we have, and whether language could be a tool to help reduce inequalities in society.

I am also interested in the processes underlying the way we experience language and am for example involved in a study using eye-tracking to catch a glimpse of the processes at work when reading texts with gender-neutral language.

I am very passionate about reading (very broadly, both fiction and non-fiction), enjoy playing tabletop games, and I also mountainbike and geocache in my free time.

Maja Wall


I teach the course on The Psychology of Sex and Gender.

I am currently a Ph.D. student at Karolinska Institutet, Dept. Neurobiology, Care Science and Society
B.A., Psychology, Stockholm University, 2012
MSc., Psychology, Stockholm University, 2014

Current Research:
My field of interest is within social psychology and I am involved in research on physicians’ health, where my focus has been to look at harassment and inequality at work and how such experiences may affect health.

Alongside my research, I have a background in statistics and quantitative research at Stockholm University. This is a part of my job that I really enjoy! Not everyone finds statistics easy, and my motto is that no one will leave for the day without having learned at least one new thing.

I find every group of students unique and the group dynamics that develop during a semester can be fascinating, especially to a social psychologist such as myself.

I always enjoy a day outside, preferably with my running shoes on. In case of bad weather, I enjoy a good book or a magazine on interior design. Also, with a partner from Chile, I am currently dedicating much free time to learn Spanish.