Graduate Students

  • Ben’s interest in Scandinavian literature can be traced to a well-worn copy of Knut Hamsun’s Pan that he purchased on a whim at a used book store in Risør, Norway in 2003, which he subsequently devoured on a train ride that same evening. » read more »

  • A Third Culture Kid and Air Force brat who grew up in Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Zachary’s academic engagement with literature is tied closely to his interest in national identity.

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  • Isobel earned dual Bachelor of the Arts degrees in Classics, and German and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015. » read more »

  • Adam J. Carl has had a lifelong fascination for Norse mythology, and was frequently unsatisfied with the subject’s treatment by coffee-table books. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in the Scandinavian Department after studying at The Ohio State University and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. » read more »

  • Jenna has been studying Norwegian language and literature since her first year at the University of Chicago, where she majored in Anthropology with a secondary focus on creative writing. At Chicago, she received the Margaret C. Annan Undergraduate Award in Writing for her poetry, some of which was later published in Prairie Schooner. » read more »

  • Originally an architecture major at UC Berkeley, Sarah Bienko Eriksen signed up for an introductory Danish class in the fall of 2004 when something else fell through. One thing led to another and in 2008 she graduated with a BA in Scandinavian Studies and Comparative Literature. » read more »

  • Christian Gullette is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the department with a focus on Swedish literature and film. His research interests include intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in contemporary Swedish literature and film, and together with his Ph.D. coursework, he is currently completing the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. » read more »

  • Ida Moen Johnson’s interest in Scandinavian studies stems from her upbringing in a Scandinavian-American family and her studies of comparative literature. She earned her undergraduate degree in comparative literature in 2005 from Brown University where she focused on Spanish and French literature of the Caribbean. » read more »

  • Sara Ann Knutson received her BA in History from the University of Michigan in 2015 and her MPhil in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge in 2016. » read more »

  • Troy Wellington Smith received his BA in English literature and history from Swarthmore College in 2005, and—after some years of teaching English at home and abroad—his MS in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2012. » read more »

  • Rosie’s love of the medieval period began in childhood and never left. Starting in 2008 she spent two summers on an archaeological dig in Iceland, where she became hooked on Viking-Age Scandinavia. She earned her B.A. in Medieval Studies from Smith College in 2012 with a focus on Old English language and Old Norse literature. » read more »

  • Ian began studying Scandinavian at the University of Washington, where he completed degrees in Danish language and History. Ian joined the Berkeley Scandinavian department in the fall of 2009 and has pursued study in modern Danish, medieval and early-modern Scandinavia, and the intersections of history and literature. » read more »

  • Tiffany’s interest in Scandinavia sprung from a course on pre-Christian religions at Manhattanville College, where she completed her BA in World Religions with a double minor in Philosophy and History.
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