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- United States
- Florida International University
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- Europe, Scandinavia, Sweden, Vikings, medieval, early modern, gender, women, urbanization, maritime history, book history, public history.
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- About Me
I specialize in ancient, Viking, medieval, and early modern history with focus on Europe, Scandinavia, and Sweden. I write essays and op-eds about how the past informs the present, and how we project our modern values and assumptions on to the past to suit our current needs. I also write commentary on the Nobel Prize and essays on book history.
I am an Adjunct Instructor at Florida International University with a Ph.D. in medieval and early-modern history from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
I am also a public historian. I am a columnist for Tordotcom, and a recurring contributor to The Week. I have also been published by The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, Atlas Obscura, Book Riot, and Quirk Books. I have been featured on Counterpoint with Amanda Vanstone on ABC Australia and The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the NatGeo Channel.
- Recent Publications
The Week, “The Myth of the Viking Woman Warrior.” https://theweek.com/articles/865878/myth-viking-woman-warrior
The Week, “Viking Runestones Were the Original Tweets.” https://theweek.com/articles/841539/viking-runestones-original-tweets
The Daily Beast, “What the Alt-Right Gets Wrong about the Vikings.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/what-the-alt-right-gets-wrong-about-the-vikings?ref=author
The Daily Beast, “Give the Notre Dame a Modern Roof the Alt-Right Will Hate.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/give-notre-dame-a-modern-roof-the-alt-right-will-hate
The Washington Post, “How a Forgotten War Can Help Us Solve the Crisis in Syria.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/06/17/how-a-forgotten-war-can-help-us-solve-the-crisis-in-syria/?utm_term=.4cd162d2f983
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- Ancient, 1, 2, 3, 6
- Expertise by Topic
- Book History, Gender, Government, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Museums, Public History, Urban History, Women