My name is Rafael Ahlskog. I’m a post-doc in political science at the Department of Government, Uppsala university. Apart from political science, I also have a background in economics and public health.

Here you’ll find some information about my research as well as a blog, where I sporadically share the results of some creative procrastination. The name of the site, Backbone of Night, will surely be familiar to some. It is a chapter from Carl Sagan’s legendary book Cosmos (and additionally, of course, an episode from the show) discussing ancient cosmologies and humanity’s perpetual obsession with making sense of the universe. The backbone of night refers to the Milky Way stretching over the sky – a picture I’ve always found profoundly beautiful and inspiring. As somewhat of a night owl myself, having my most productive hours after sunset, I figured I’d borrow the metaphor. The blog, if you will, can hopefully once in a while serve as my nights’ backbone.

Hope you’ll have a blast!