Kristy Beers Fägersten
Head of Department
Kristy Beers Fägersten received her PhD in 2000 from the University of Florida with the dissertation A Descriptive Analysis of the Social Functions of Swearing in American English. Beers Fägersten teaches courses on all levels of the English degree program, including Survey of English linguistics (A), Language and power (B), Theoretical perspectives of linguistics (C), and the C-essay course, as well as courses on the Teacher Education program, including Popular culture in the classroom and Special issues in linguistics: Sociolinguistics in education.
Beers Fägersten's research interests include pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and discourse and conversation analysis. She is a member of the networks SwiSca (Swearing in Scandinavia) and NNCORE (Nordic Network for Comics Research), and is currently researching the evolution of swearing in American television programming and linguistic strategies of satire in Swedish feminist comic art.
Contemporary Swedish feminist comics as a medium for political activism and critique (project member). Swedish Research Council, 2019-2022.
A multidisciplinary study of feminist comic art (project leader). Östersjöstiftelsen, 2018-2020.
Beers Fägersten, K. 2020. Language Play in Contemporary Swedish Comic Strips. Berlin: Mouton DeGruyter.