Administration & Faculty

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).


Alison 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.

Courtney Kenny

Associate Director for Admissions

My goal is to help students explore their unique personal and academic goals for study abroad and examine how they align with the curriculum and philosophy of the Swedish Program. You’ll see me at campus events, in your Education Abroad office, or virtually in a Zoom info session. I also work collaboratively with advisors and our Consortium Members to support their efforts in promoting study abroad.

I was introduced to the Swedish Program as a study abroad advisor, while at Penn in 2011, and have remained closely connected with The Program through the years. My professional journey through international education was inspired by my experience teaching English in Yamanashi, Japan and the many faces and places in between.

I enjoy nature and hiking, traveling, volunteering at a neighborhood community garden, visiting pick-your-own flower fields, and spoiling our sweet kitties.

Our Team

Administration – Stockholm

Carina 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 student health and safety, digital communications, and local partnerships 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.

Anna Strandberg

Program Coordinator

Working in an international environment is always rewarding and you often learn something new! My tasks include organizing program functions and responsibility over student apartments. I joined The Swedish Program in November of 2021 and I really enjoy helping students and guiding them through their experience here in Stockholm.
I usually say that I come from a town called Gävle (the town of the famous straw goat), because that’s where I finished highschool, but I have lived and grown up in a total of four places including Stockholm where I live now! I earned my B.S in Political Science and my B.A in English at Linnaeus University in Växjö.
In my free time, you usually find me flying down a ski slope, watching too many TV series, or reading a good book.


Jonas Brodin

Director of Studies and Instructor

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.

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; The Theory and History of Radical Politics.

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

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

Our Team

Faculty – Stockholm

Tim Berndtsson


My research is devoted to several topics: the history of archives and cultures of memory; the role of emotions in literature; and practices of reading from the eighteenth century to the present. Although I am schooled as a historian of literature, I am convinced that research should be directed by the relevance of questions rather than the borders of disciplines.

Swedish Crime Fiction

Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Uppsala University, 2020

I enjoy going by train and can give advice on how to best travel through both Sweden and Europe on rails. I also like walking, through cities and wilderness alike, listening to audiobooks.

The Order and the Archive. Freemasonic Archival Culture in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Diss. Uppsala, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2020.

Peder Fallenius

Instructor, Senioruniversitetet

Twentieth century architecture has been my main research interest ever since I wrote my thesis and it still is. I have a special interest in the new building types of this period.

History of Modern Scandinavian Art and Architecture

Ph.D., Art History, Uppsala University, 2003

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.

Diego Yacamán Méndez

Epidemiologist, Center for Epidemiology and Community Medicine for Region Stockholm

Doctoral researcher, Department of Global Public Health at Karolinska Institutet

My research and teaching are focused on studying the different determinants of health in order to identify, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve health at a population level.

The COVID 19 pandemic: A study in cultural epidemiology

M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Karolinska Institutet, Expected graduation Feb. 2023

Originally from Mexico, I have been living in Sweden since 2016. In my free time I enjoy reading, music, playing the guitar, ice skating during the winter and traveling.

Physical exercise is associated with a reduction in inflammatory biomarkers in first-episode psychosis: A pilot study of CRP, SAA, sICAM-1 and sVCAM-1. Lavebratt, C., Stiernborg, M., Kumar, P., Yacaman-Mendez, D., Skott, M., Melas, P. A., & Forsell, Y. (2021). Schizophrenia research, 228, 316-318.
The Effect of Smartphone Apps Versus Supervised Exercise on Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and Body Composition Among Individuals With Mild-to-Moderate Mobility Disability: Randomized Controlled Trial. Berglind D, Yacaman-mendez D, Lavebratt C, Forsell Y. JMIR MHEALTH AND UHEALTH 2020;8(2):e14615.
Childhood adversities, negative life events and outcomes of non-pharmacological treatments for depression in primary care: A secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Yacaman-mendez D, Hallgren M, Forsell Y. Journal of psychiatric research 2019;110():152-158.
Association of adherence to epilepsy quality standards with seizure control. Moura Lmvr, Mendez DY, De Jesus J, Andrade Ra, Weissman Js, Vickrey Bg, Hoch Db. EPILEPSY RESEARCH 2015;:35-41.
Quality care in epilepsy: Women’s counseling and its association with folic acid prescription or recommendation. Moura Lmvr, Mendez DY, De Jesus J, Andrade Ra, Hoch Db. EPILEPSY & BEHAVIOR 2015;:151-4.

Nicklas Neuman


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.

Sociology of Food in Sweden

Ph.D., Food Studies, Uppsala University, 2016

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

Pehr-Johan Norbäck

Senior Researcher, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IfN)

My earlier research focused on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Later work has focused entrepreneurship, involving how venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and incumbent firms interact in the innovation market. This research has tried to answer questions such as: Why do small firms do more breakthrough inventions than established firms? Why do small entrepreneurs with high-quality inventions sell their inventions to incumbents rather than enter the market?

The Economics of European Integration

Ph.D., Economics, Stockholm University, 1998

I play badminton and innebandy (floorball). I have played guitar for over 40 years and can do most styles: blues, funk, rock – even some jazz! And, I love teaching my course: it gives me an excuse to go on Youtube to watch Brexitiers and Remainers clash in the British Parliament under the always so colorful speaker John Bercow (for a sample:

“Has the Swedish Business Sector Become More Entrepreneurial than the U.S. Business Sector?” (with Fredrik Heyman, Lars Persson and Fredrik Andersson), Research Policy, forthcoming.
“Stock Market Impact of Cross-Border Acquisitions in Emerging Markets” (with Lars Persson). North American Journal of Economics and Finance, forthcoming.
“Employment Protection and FDI Revisited: New Evidence from Micro Data” (with Per Skedinger and Jing-Lin Duanmu). World Economy, forthcoming.
”A Non-Technical Introduction to Economic aspects of International Investment Agreements” (with Henrik Horn). American Review of International Arbitration, forthcoming.
”The Turnaround of the Swedish Economy: Lessons from Large Business Sector reforms” (with Fredrik Heyman and Lars Persson). World Bank Research Observer, forthcoming.
”Foreign Direct Investment, Source Country Heterogeneity and Management Practices” (with Rickard Hammarberg and Fredrik Heyman). Economica. Vol. 86, No. 342, April 2019.
”Threatening to Buy: Private Equity Buyouts and Antitrust Policy” (with Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg). Economics Letters 164 (March): 31–34, 2018.
”Does the Debt Tax Shield Distort Ownership Efficiency?” (with Lars Persson and Joacim Tåg). International Review of Economics and Finance, 54(Mars), 299–310, 2018.
”Who Creates Jobs and Who Creates Productivity? Small versus Large versus Young versus Old” (with Fredrik Heyman and Lars Persson). Economics Letters, 164 (March), 50–57, 2018.

Elena Paltseva

Assistant Professor, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics

Visiting Professor, New Economic School (Moscow, Russia)

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.

Energy and Environmental Economics

Ph.D., Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, 2006
Visiting Graduate Student, Economics, Princeton University, 2003–2004
M.A., New Economic School (Russia), 1998
M.Sc., Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Moscow State University (Russia), 1996

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

Marta Roczniewska

Postdoctoral Researcher, Karolinska Institutet

I study the interaction between an individual and their work environment: What happens when we don’t see ‘eye to eye’ on work characteristics with our team members? How does communication about change that meets our motivational needs affect our perception of change? How do individuals themselves proactively redesign their jobs to find a better fit to their job?

The Psychology of Work

Ph.D., Work & Organizational Psychology, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland, 2017

I don’t like coffee, but I am a bit of a snob when it comes to my tea. I have a lot of mugs and a Turkish set for preparing tea.

Coo, C., Richter, A., von Thiele Schwarz, U., Hasson, H., & Roczniewska, M.* (2021). All by myself: How perceiving organizational constraints when others do not hampers work engagement. Journal of Business Research, 136, 580-591.
Roczniewska, M., & Richter, A. (2021). Are we seeing “eye to eye” on qualitative job insecurity in healthcare? Employee-teammates perceptual (in)congruence and individual well-being. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 1–19.
Roczniewska, M., & Higgins, E. T. (2019). Messaging organizational change: How regulatory fit relates to openness to change through fairness perceptions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 85, 103882.
Roczniewska, M., & Bakker, A. B. (2021). Burnout and self-regulation failure: A diary study of self-undermining and job crafting among nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(8), 3424-3435.

Helena Schiller


My research area is within stress and sleep in the working population. I also specialize in motivation, mental resilience, and performance.

The Psychology of Work

Ph.D., Public Health, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, 2017

Besides my job at The Swedish Program, I work with a company offering digital CBT-based treatment programs. I also work as a trainer/coach in showjumping on a national level, and I released my first book in 2018 about work, stress and sleep and how to put all the pieces together.

How to work for a good night’s sleep (doctoral thesis), 2017.
Total workload and recovery in relation to worktime reduction: a randomised controlled intervention study with time-use data, 2017.
A randomized controlled intervention of workplace-based group cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, 2018.

Wondmagegn Tirkaso


My research concentrates on the economics of the environment, agriculture, and development, with special emphasis on productivity analysis, energy economics, climate policies, and biodiversities. Currently, I am working on multiple projects, including voting behavior and green vehicle adoption; the impact of regulation on firm’s energy choice and productivity; and the welfare impacts of rural electrification.

Energy and Environmental Economics

PhD, Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2018
Visiting PhD student, University of Western Australia, Perth-Australia, 2018
MSc, Agricultural Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2013

I enjoy volunteering, playing soccer and ping-pong.

Hellen Vergoossen


I am interested in language from a psychological perspective; the way we use language, how language affects the social categorisations we make, and whether language could be a tool to help reduce inequalities in society. 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 affects the way we perceive and remember others. I am also involved in a research project on social roles in online multiplayer games.

The Social Psychology of Health and Well-Being
Language, Cognition, and Social Behavior

PhD, Psychology, Stockholm University, expected 2021
M.A., Psychology, Stockholm University, 2015

I enjoy reading, tabletop games, video games, badminton, mountain biking, and geocaching.

Vergoossen, H. P., Renström, E. A., Pärnamets, P., & Gustafsson Sendén, M. (2019). Swedish gender-neutral pronoun has no gender bias in reading. Presented at the biannual International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Paris, France.
Vergoossen (2018). Gender-neutral pronouns increase reading time during anaphor resolution: Evidence from Swedish. Presented at the biannual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Atlanta, USA.
Vergoossen, H. P., Renström, E. A., Lindqvist, A., & Gustafsson Sendén, M. (2016). Contemporary arguments against gender-neutral language. Presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, USA.