Mattias Ekman, Associate Professor

Department of Media Studies · Stockholm University, Sweden — Associate Professor

Research Areas

  • Political Communication
  • Social Media

Ongoing Projects


Mattias Ekman is Associate Professor in Media- and Communication Studies. He is currently heading the research project “Interactive Racism in Swedish Online Media, Press and Politics: Discourses on Immigration and Refugees at Times of Crisis.”, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR-grant 2016-05464). The project examines how xenophobic and racist views become particularly widespread in Sweden at times of socio-political crisis and how online racism interacts with migration-related opinion journalism and discourses of political actors. Ekman is also co-researcher in the project “Immigration and the Normalization of Racism: Discursive Shifts in Swedish Politics and Media 2010-22.”, funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR-grant 2019-03354). The upcoming project will examine the process of ‘normalization of racism’ in the Swedish public sphere by looking at trajectories of Swedish political and media discourse during the period 2010-22.