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First Name
Last Name
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.”

The Week, “Viking Runestones Were the Original Tweets.”

The Daily Beast, “What the Alt-Right Gets Wrong about the Vikings.”

The Daily Beast, “Give the 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.”






Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval, Pre-17th century, 17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Government, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Museums, Public History, Urban History, Women