Visiting Ph.D. Research Candidate
135 Mershon Center
Ph.D. candidate, Uppsala University, Department of Peace and Conflict Research (2005-)
Master of Social Science, Uppsala University (2003)
Security studies; foreign policy analysis; international relations theory; decision making theory; political psychology
Sjöstedt is working on her doctoral dissertation, which examines the social construction of threats and why issues sometimes are framed in terms of national security by the central decision-making units of states.
She analyzes how norms and identity formations at the international and domestic levels interact with the individual belief systems of decision-makers in creating initial interest in a particular problem, as well as the subsequent securitization of it.
The more explicit focus of the dissertation project concerns the issues of HIV/AIDS and terrorism in the decision-making contexts of Russia and the United States.
"Exploring the Construction of Threat: The Securitization of HIV/AIDS in Russia" (Security Dialogue, 2008)
"The Discursive Origins of a Doctrine: Norms, Identity, and Securitization under Harry S. Truman and George W. Bush" (Foreign Policy Analysis, 2007)
"Estonian Identity Formations and Threat Framing in the Post-Cold War Era," with Erik Noreen (Journal of Peace Research, 2004)
Selected Honors and Awards
The American–Scandinavian Foundation Scholarship for Ph.D. Candidate Research Visit at The Ohio State University (Spring 2008)