Michal Grahn

Researcher at Department of Government, Faculty

+4618-471 5725
Visiting address:
Room GT Gamla Torget 6,6319 Östra Ågatan 19
753 22 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am a researcher in political science with a focus on Swedish- and comparative politics. My research interests include political parties, political representation & behavior, gender & sexuality politics. My work can be found in Political Research Quarterly, Politics & Gender and Electoral Studies, among other international outlets. I teach methods & comparative politics and supervise degree projects. I am also Master of Ceremonies for the Johan Skytte Prize. Find me on Twitter.


I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester and a Master of Science degree in Political Science from Uppsala University. In May 2019, I earned a PhD degree in Political Science from Uppsala University. My PhD dissertation is entitled: "Incumbent Renomination: Accountability and Gender Bias".

Teaching experience

I have more than 2000 clock hours of teaching experience, including lectures, seminars, thesis supervision, course creation and coordination, examination and course evaluation. My teaching interests include comparative politics and methodology. I have been teaching on the graduate course in qualitative methods since autumn 2014 and took over as head teacher in 2018. In spring 2015, I began teaching on the undergraduate Comparative European Politics course and am head teacher for the course since 2016.

I currently teach on the following courses: Bachelor's level: Bachelor's thesis, Comparative European Politics (head teacher). Master's level: Master thesis; Gender, power and institutions and Master methods (head teacher).

Professional service

I currently serve as an ordinary member of the Department board and the Committee for undergraduate- and graduate studies (NUGA). I am also a Master of Ceremonies for the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. I have served as project manager for the Department of Government's 400 years jubilee celebrations between 2021 and 2023.

I am currently (2023) involved in three research projects.

Strategic inclusion? The promises and pitfalls of diversity initiatives in Swedish party politics

(2020-2023, FORTE).

In this project, we study the impact of candidate quotas used by Swedish political parties to diversify their candidate- and office holder pools. We do that through an intersectional lens and with the help of both register data and survey experiments. Read more.

More rights, more participation? The rights of gays, lesbians and bisexuals and their political engagement in Sweden

(PI, 2023-2026, Swedish Research Council).

Within this scope of this project, we conduct both temporal and intersectional analyses of political participation patterns among LGBTQ+ persons in Sweden with the help of the Swedish register data. Read more.

Still segregated? Temporal and intersectional analysis of the residential, occupational and political segregation of sexual minorities in Sweden

(PI, 2023-2027, Swedish Research Council).

In this project, we study long-term developments in spatial, economic and political segregation among LGBTQ+ persons in Sweden with the help of the Swedish register data. Read more.

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Michal Grahn