Hierta Professorial Chair

The Lars Johan Hierta professorial chair in political science was the first professorial chair at the Department of Political Science and was installed as early as in 1935 by donations from among others the Lars Hierta foundation and one private donar.

Bild på Lars Johan Hierta.
Lars Johan Hierta, 1801-1872 (Liljeholmens Stearinfabriks bildarkiv, CfN).

The professorial chair was named after the manufacturer, politician, publicist and author Lars Johan Hierta, also known as the founder of the paper Aftonbladet.

Up to the point when Stockholm University College became Stockholm University in the year of 1960 and the different subject areas were organised in the form of departments, this professorial chair was more or less the only permanent position in the subject.

From January 2021 Jan Teorell is the new holder of the professorial chair.

Holders of the professorial chair

• 1935-1947: Herbert Tingsten
• 1948-1958: Elis Håstad
• 1958-1967: Gunnar Heckscher
• 1967-1976: Hans Meijer
• 1976-1993: Olof Ruin
• 1994-1999: Björn Wittrock
• 2002-2005: Diane Sainsbury
• 2009-2020: Michele Micheletti
• 2021- : Jan Teorell

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