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Global & Area Studies


Ruth Bjorkenwall

Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer, Global & Area Studies
M.A., B.A. (magna cum laude), University of California, Berkeley

Office: Ross Hall, 232

Ruth Bjorkenwall, a sociologist, began her career as a police officer in Sweden before earning her undergraduate degrees in journalism and peace-and-conflict studies in Berkeley, California. Her Ph.D. candidacy work focuses on social deviance and comparative police interrogations. Ruth Bjorkenwall now studies extreme techniques of influence, terrorism, and state emergency responses. She regularly teaches a course on terrorism, torture, and truth but remains focused on power, social structures, and agency, also researching labor migration, state power, and the social safety net in the Nordic countries of Europe.

Presented Papers

Bjorkenwall, Ruth, 2015. “Assimilation Failures?: Finnish Laborers in Arctic Sweden.” Nordic Intercultural Communication Conference, University of Jönköping (Sweden).

Bjorkenwall, Ruth, 2014. “Mapping Migration: Finnish Labor in the Swedish North after the 1954 Nordic Common Labor Market.” “Power, Culture, and Economy” conference, University of Tampere (Finland).

Regular Classes

INST 1101 Freshman Seminar: Society and the Outsider
INST 2350 Introduction to Global Studies
INST 3000 Social Change
INST 4990 Topics: Terrorism, Torture, and Truth
INST 4990 Topics: Futures of the Welfare State

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