Position title: Chair of the Department of Art History, Professor
206A Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
Office Hours: Thursdays 11:00–1:00pm, and by appointment.
Affiliate of the Religious Studies Program
B.A. Hons. in Icelandic and Norwegian, University of Iceland, 1981
M.A. Scandinavian Studies, University College, London, 1982
Ph.D. Scandinavian Studies, University College, London, 1987
Old Norse-Icelandic Language and Literature, Paleography and Philology, Hagiography, and Color Studies.
I am a Professor and Torger Thompson Chair. I currently serve as chair of the Department of Art History. I am a native of Denmark. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Scandinavian languages from University College London and my B.A. Hons. in Icelandic and Norwegian at the University of Iceland. I joined the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+ in the fall of 2001, where I teach a variety of courses on Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature and Scandinavian linguistics. I have published several books. The most recent are Vikings: An Encyclopedia of Conflict, Invasions, and Raids (with Tristan Mueller-Vollmer) (2022), Saints and their Legacies in Medieval Iceland (ed. with Dario Bullitta) (2021), and the 6-volume A Cultural History of Color (2021), of which Carole P. Biggam and I served as co-general editors and edited the volumes on Medieval and Enlightenment. I am currently putting the final touches on The Priest’s Eye: AM 672 4to in the Arnamagnaean Collection, which is to appear in the series Manuscripta Nordica: Early Nordic Manuscripts in Digital Facsimile. In addition to books, I have translated a number of Sagas of Icelanders into Danish and published approximately 90 articles on a variety of topics within the field of Old Norse-Icelandic, including editions of religious texts, non-verbal communication, gender dysphoria, color terms, and illnesses.