Jonas Harvard

Docent |Senior lecturer

  • Professional title: Senior lecturer
  • Academic title: Researcher
  • Other title: Adjunct Professor in the History of Political Discourse and Communication
  • Department: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSV)
  • Telephone: 010-142 84 25
  • Email:
  • Visitor address: 851 70 Sundsvall
  • Room number: J411
  • Research centers: DEMICOM
  • Subjects: History, Media and Communications Science

Jonas Harvard – Media historian

Associate professor, History
Adjunct Professor in the History of Political Discourse and Communication


I am a reseacher in media history at the centre Demicom, and teach at the Journalism programme.

We are currently developing an international network on media technology in journalism, investigating the use of drones: "Journalism from Above: Drones and the Media in Critical Perspective". The network is funded by a grant from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (DnrF19-1048). We presented preliminary results from a content analys study and interviews with Swedish Drone operators at the ECREA conference in Lugano 2018: Drone reporting and the journalistic culture of objectivity: The symbolic properties of a view from above (Hyvönen, Lindblom & Harvard)

My doctoral thesis (2006) investigated the role of the concept public opinion within the Swedish parliament, 1848–1919. My research has mainly concerned various fields of communication history: Media structures, media technologies, politics, parliamentarism and the public sphere, communicative concepts and opinion formation. 2010–2012 I coordinated the 40+ scholar international research programme Nordic Spaces, at the Centre for East European and Baltic Studies, Södertörn University College. In 2012 I was awarded the title of docent (associate professor) in history at Mid Sweden University. In 2013 I was accepted as Adjunct Professor in the History of Political Discourse and Communication (in General history), at Jyväskylä University.

Area of interest

Media History, Political Communication, Parliamentary History, Media Technologies, the Electric Telegraph, Opinion Formation, History of Concepts

Teaching and tutoring

I currently teach at the Journalism programme and have previously been an instructor in History at Mid Sweden University. I have also been a guest lecturer at Jyväskylä University, Universidad de Cantabria and Columbia University.

Other information

Participated in leadership education at KTH/Södertörn, London School of Economics and Political Science and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Extra contact information


Monographs and edited volumes: