Stefan Jonsson, born in 1961, is a writer and critic. The title Three revolutions: A Brief History of the People 1789, 1889, 1989, was published by Columbia University Press in the fall of 2008.
Jonsson’s trilogy of books on racism, multiculturalism, identity politics, postcolonial culture, and globalization – The Others: American Culture Wars and European Racism, 1993; Other places: an Essay on Cultural identity, 1995; and The Center of the World: An Essay on Globalization, 2001 (all three collected and published in new edition in 2005) – has received wide attention in Scandinavia, both among intellectuals as well as the general public.
Stefan Jonsson also writes on literature, contemporary culture and politics in Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s major newspaper. He has contributed to international magazines and journals such as Lettre International, New Left Review, boundary 2, New German Critique, Representations, and Art Forum.
Jonsson received his Ph.D. from the Program in Literature at Duke University in 1997, with Fredric Jameson as his dissertation advisor. Between 1998 and 2000 he was a fellow in residence at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. In 2001–2002, he was visitor at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, in 2006 visiting professor in German Studies at the University of Michigan. As a literary scholar and intellectual historian, Jonsson has written extensively on cultural theory, modernist German and French literature, and postcolonial literature and culture. His Subject Without Nation: Robert Musil and the History of Modern Identity was published in 2000 by Duke University Press.
Stefan Jonsson lives in Stockholm with his wife and son.