Astrid Hedin is an associate professor of political science and public administration at the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS), Malmö University. During 2021/22, she is a virtual visiting scholar of the The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and a Sabbatical Scholar of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ).
Hedin’s current research is on communist administration (see Communist State Administrative Structures, in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Public Administration, 2022) and specifically the travel controls under communist regimes; how these were used to try to influence perceptions and narratives in the West, and in effect constituted a state capacity in the everyday cold war struggle over discourse and narrative. (See the 2019 article ‘Illiberal deliberation’ in the journal Cooperation & conflict, 54:2).
Hedin has also researched how the communism-inspired leftist trends during the 1960s and 1970s impacted on the Swedish model and how it was re-negotiated, re-interpreted and perceived, both at home and abroad (‘Origins and Myths of the Swedish Model’ 2016; ‘Before the Breakdown’ 2019).
Hedin has also suggested a theoretical framework, inspired by the Stanford school of World Polity Studies, for how to investigate how the communist example affected global policy trends during the Cold war era (‘Cold war isomorphism’ 2016, 2018).
Blog posts summarizing research articles
How communist regimes directed global dialogue Blog post on the global, blog of the Geneva Global Governance Centre.
How did the Cold war help spur West European welfare state reform? Blog post on the global, blog of the Geneva Global Governance Centre.
Lessons from East Germany How authoritarian states can use international travelers to promote their interests. Blog post on EUROPP blog of The London School of Economics.
At Malmö University, Hedin is an elected representative to the Culture & Society Faculty Board and a substitute for the faculty Appointment Board. She is also the coordinator for the Political Science programs within the Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Earlier, she has been the coordinator of the GPS research seminar.
Training and experience
- Ph.D. in political science, Lund University
- Post-doctoral fellow of the Swedish Research Council
- Visiting scholar at the Scandinavian Center for Organizational Research (Scancor), Stanford University
- Visiting scholar at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (Creees) and the Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University
- Docent/Habilitation/ associate professor in political science, Uppsala University
- Anna Lindh fellow of the Europe Center, Stanford University, spring 2012
- Virtual visiting scholar of the Harvard University Davis Center, 2021-ongoing
- Subject coordinator for political science 2012-2016, 2019-ongoing
- Acting GPS research coordinator, autumn 2015
- Temporary senior lecturer, Lund University, 2016-2018
- Decision Making in Foreign Policy (Political science Master program)
- Organization theory (Political science)
- Swedish Politics and Public Administration (Political science)
- Qualitative Methods (Public Administration program)
- Globalization and the Welfare State (Public Administration program)
- International Organizations as Public Administration (Public Administration program)
- The Power of International Organizations (GPSC-Master program)
- Swedish politics and democracy (Police Officer training program)
- The Swedish Institute Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP)