Anna W Gustafsson

Senior lecturer, Associate professor

Personal profile


I received my PhD (2009) in Scandinavian languages at Centre of Languages and Literature at Lund university. My thesis dealt with the discursive practice of political pamphlets in the emerging public sphere in Sweden in 1769 and in 1809–1810. In my thesis I focus on discursive strategies of legitimation and delegitimation and discuss the analytical tools for performing such analyses.

My major field of interest is the use of language in society - contemporary as well as historically. I have a broad methodological interest for discourse analysis, text linguistics and sociolinguistics.

One area where I have conducted studies in spoken as well as written discourse is health and medicine. 2010–2013 I was part of a project at The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences studying intercultural communication in the care of children with diabetes. 2015–2018 I was part of the project Metaphors in Palliative Cancer Care (MEPAC). During 2021 I was part of an Advanced Study Group at the Pufendorf Institute: Reading and Health and 2022 I was part of the group Enhancing Empathy and Compassion. Since 2022, I am a fellow at the Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities.

Other fields of interests are vocabulary knowledge and, not least,  political discourses. Since a few years back I work in a European project focusing on supporters of populist parties, and 2023 we published the book Voices of supporters – Populist parties, social media and the 2019 European elections. We are now continuing our work focusing on the use of affect in interactions between populist parties and their supporters on social media. 


I teach mostly text- or discourse-analysis in all levels. Apart from this I teach Intercultural communication in the Language Consultancy Programme. I also supervise students on all leves. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Humanities
  • Languages and Literature
  • Specific Languages

Free keywords

  • discourse analysis
  • text analysis
  • intercultural communication
  • sociolinguistics
  • vocabulary studies
  • medical humanities
  • health communication


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