Tim Warburton


Visiting Assistant Professor in Scandinavian Studies

Tim Warburton holds a Ph.D (2014) and M.A. (2011) in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. (2006) in American Studies from Brown University. His research focuses on the literary and cultural histories of homosexuality in Sweden with a focus on the AIDS crisis. Of particular interest to his research are the internal dissent within the gay rights movement over the “proper” image of homosexuality and the pivotal role played by the AIDS crisis in the contemporary project of gay rights.

His 2014 dissertation From AIDS to Assimilation: Representations of Homosexuality in Swedish Literature argues that the AIDS crisis demonstrated a distinct break in literary representations of male homosexuality in Swedish literature: first informed by medical discourses and, after the advent of the AIDS crisis, actively functioning in the support of gay male and identity and culture as a space in which the authentic self is expressed. This project also introduces the literary discourse on male homosexuality into broader historical and sociopolitical understandings of male homosexuality in Sweden, and emphasizes the crucial role played by the AIDS crisis in the formation of the Swedish historical and sociopolitical narrative of homosexuality.

Supported by an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship (2013-14), he held the position of Visiting Researcher at the Uppsala Centre for Gender Research, which resulted in the publication of “Cultural Amnesia and AIDS: Breaking the Silence in Sweden” in the volume co-edited by Ursula Lindqvist and Jenny Björklund, titled New Dimensions of Diversity in Nordic Culture and Society with Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2016).

Before coming to Gustavus as a Visiting Assistant Professor, he taught Swedish at the University of Washington for several years and held positions at the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York and Vassar College’s independent study program in Swedish.


B.A. in American Civilizations, Brown University; Ph.D. and M.A in Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington

Courses Taught


SCA-244 (ST:Gender & Sexuality), SWE-101 (Swedish I), and SWE-301 (Conversation and Composition: Swedish Short Story)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
SWE-102Swedish II22017/SP
SCA-224Scand Women Writers12017/SP
SCA-205AIDS in Sweden & U.S.12017/JN