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Per Selle
Professor and project leader                                       
Department of Comparative Politics
University of Bergen
Phone: +47 555 82 177
Email: per.selle@uib.no

Selle has been leading (together with Håkon Lorentzen) the Norwegian part of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (CNP), and was in the leading group of the Norwegian Power and Democracy Project (1998-2003). From the mid-1990s to early 2000s leading he co-led a comprehensive research project on the environmental movement, and since 2010 has built up a research milieu at in the Department of Comparative Politics on Indigenous and Arctic politics.

Since 2006, Selle has also been a member of the board of the Norwegian Research Council's Programme for Sámi Research, and has been the leader of the programme since 2012. He is also on the editorial board of Voluntas and the Journal of Civil Society. Previously Selle was on the board of the Community and Grassroots Association (CGA) Section of Arnova (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and was a member of the publication committee of Arnova. He has twice been a member of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quaterly Award Committee. He has twice won the award for best article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quaterly (1992, 2002). He has been a co-editor of the Norwegian Political Science Journal.

Kristin Strømsnes
Professor, Deputy Department Head                                       
Department of Comparative Politics
University of Bergen
Email: Kristin.Stromsnes@uib.no

Strømsnes’ main field of interest is political mobilization and participation. She has published extensively about Scandinavian civil society, the Norwegian environmental movement, forms of political participation, and trust and social capital. For the past 15 years, Sámi citizenship and Sámi political and civic engagement have been important to her research. Strømsnes is one of the Principal Investigators in Visions of the Arctic, a proposed multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence now in the final evaluation phase. She is also part of the Sámi Parliament Election Studies (2017 and 2021) and was partner and work package-leader in the Norwegian Research Council-financed project “The Limits of Sámi Politics: Inside and outside of the Sámi Polity” (2017-2019). Furthermore, she is a member of the management committee for ENTAN, the European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network (EU Cost-Action). In 2018-19 she was a Visiting Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Aaron Spitzer
Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Comparative Politics
University of Bergen
Email: aaron.spitzer@uib.no

Spitzer is a teacher and researcher in the fields of Arctic politics, Indigenous governance, and political theory. In 2020 he earned his PhD from the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, with the dissertation “The metapolitics of settler colonialism: Individual rights, collective boundaries, and Indigenous (de)colonization.” His M.A. is in Arctic and Northern Studies from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Before beginning his graduate studies he spent nearly two decades as a journalist, writer, and consultant in Alaska, Antarctica, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.  

Elin Monstad
PhD Candidate
Department of Comparative Politics
University of Bergen
Email: elin.monstad@uib.no

Elin's background is in Political Science, with a B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Politics. She also has a B.A. in English. Before joining the department she worked for the Norwegian United Nations Association and Norwegian Centre for Research Data. She has taught several seminar groups in Introductionary Social Science Theory (SV100), Scandinavian Politics and Government (SAMPOL120) and Democracy and Democratisation (SAMPOL115). She has taken courses in advanced quantitative and qualitative methodology, both of which are areas of strong academic interest.