Anders Andrén was born in 1952. He studied at the University of Lund, where he received his PhD in Medieval Archaeology in 1985. From 1985 until 2004 he was lecturer, reader and professor of Medieval Archaeology in Lund. Since 2005 Andrén is professor of Archaeology at the University of Stockholm. During shorter periods he has also been visiting scholar and guest professor in Athens, Cambridge, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Sydney and Uppsala. Andrén is member of editorial boards of many international archaeological journals and is member of several learned societies. His main research interests are archaeology of religion, global historical archaeology and urban archaeology.