Dag Blanck, director of the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana, has become one of the most sought-after experts in the Swedish media for explaining what is going on in the U.S.
In addition to the Swenson Center, he also is director of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at Uppsala University.
He has been interviewed by journalists thousands of times.
When journalists interviewed him during the U.S. presidential election, an average of six articles or media reports were published a day, seven days a week, for a year and a half. There were more than 4,000 publications in total, although some of these were based on the same interview.
“So many? It is of course very rewarding when your subject of study is discussed,” says Blanck. “Many people do have opinions on the U.S. and it is thus important that we can promote the academic study and knowledge of the country.”