Ursula Lindqvist


On sabbatical leave July 2017-July 2018

Ursula Lindqvist is a literature, film, and postcolonial studies scholar specializing in the Nordic and Arctic regions. She has also taught Swedish language at the college level for two decades, and she is among the core faculty in the college's new Minor in Comparative Literature instituted in Fall 2015.

A dual U.S.-Finnish citizen, Ursula grew up in Los Angeles speaking Swedish at home and spent many childhood summers in Finland’s Swedish-speaking coastal towns with her mother’s family. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in the early 1990s and worked as a newspaper reporter in the Arabian Gulf, India, and Central Florida for five years before deciding to pursue graduate studies in Comparative Literature, specializing in nationalist cultures, gender, and the poetics of resistance.

Scandinavian was one of Ursula's three areas of literature and cultural study for her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees (the others were American and French). She conducted part of her dissertation research while a Fulbright Fellow at Uppsala University in Sweden in 2000-01, and in her final year of graduate school she taught as a visiting lecturer in Swedish and Scandinavian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After earning her Ph.D. in 2005, Ursula held non-tenure-track faculty appointments at the University of Colorado at Boulder, UCLA, and Harvard University, where she served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Scandinavian from 2010-2013, before joining the Gustavus faculty in Fall 2013.

Ursula has designed and taught courses on Nordic cinema, Nordic theater and drama, women in Nordic society, Nordic colonialisms and postcolonial studies, Nordic folk and fairy tales, Scandinavian crime fiction, outsiders in Swedish literature and film, Swedish children’s literature and culture, Swedish poetry and music, and Swedish language at all levels. She is the author of Roy Andersson’sSongs from the Second Floor: Contemplating the Art of Existence, published in the University of Washington Press' Nordic Film Classics series in May 2016 (listen to her NPR interview on Andersson's filmmaking here.) She is co-editor, with Mette Hjort, of A Companion to Nordic Cinema, published by Wiley-Blackwell in June 2016. Another co-edited volume, with Jenny Björklund, titled New Dimensions of Diversity in Nordic Culture and Society with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, appeared in print in April 2016. Ursula also serves on the Executive Council of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), the largest professional organization in the field, and is the immediate past president of the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America (ASTRA).

During 2017-18, Ursula will be on sabbatical leave conducting research, as well as collaborating with members of a new indigenous interest group (consisting of faculty, staff and students at GAC) to examine how to raise awareness and visibility of indigenous peoples, histories and methodologies across the college. Any member of the Gustavus community who wishes to join this group can email her directly at ulindqvi@gustavus.edu (no expertise required!).


BS, MS in Journalism, Northwestern University; M.A., Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Graduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies, University of Oregon

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
SWE-101Swedish I42016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, and 2013/FA
SWE-102Swedish II32016/SP, 2015/SP, and 2014/SP
SWE-202Intermediate Swedish II22017/SP and 2015/SP
SWE-201Intermediate Swedish I22016/FA and 2014/FA
SWE-344ST:Poetry and Music22016/SP and 2014/SP
SWE-301Conversation and Composition: Swedish Short Story22015/FA and 2013/FA
SCA-334Nordic Cinema Lab12017/SP
SCA-334Nordic Cinema12017/SP
SCA-211Scand Social Diversity12016/FA
SCA-250Crime Fiction12016/SP
FTS-100FTS:Nordic Fairy Tales12015/FA
SCA-360Nordic Colonialisms12015/SP
SCA-330Nordic Theatre & Drama12014/FA
SCA-350Crime Fiction12014/SP
SCA-234Scandinavian Film Lab12013/FA
SCA-234Scandinavian Film12013/FA