Sara Ann Knutson

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 »

Sarah Eriksen

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 »

Jackson Crawford

Jackson Crawford’s research focuses on the history of the Scandinavian languages, particularly Old Norse, Modern Icelandic, and Norwegian Nynorsk. He is particularly interested in the classification of color terms, a subject which was the focus of his Ph.D. dissertation as well as several published and forthcoming articles. He has argued, among other things, that Old Norse blár meant “blue” (not “black”), and that the language classified warm colors with an intriguing system that distinguished “ideal” reds with a distinct term (rauðr) but lumped non-ideal reds and other warm colors into a vague category weakly focused on yellow (bleikr).

Crawford was a full-time lecturer in the Scandinavian Section at UCLA from 2011-14, where he taught the Old Norse language, Norse mythology, and the history of the Scandinavian languages. His contemporary English translation of The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes, intended for the use of undergraduate students and general readers, was published in 2015 by Hackett Publishing Company, and will be followed in 2016 by a companion translation of The Saga of the Volsungs and Ragnar Lothbrok..

Carl Olsen

Carl Olsen specializes in Old Norse literature, particularly Norse Mythology, as well as later Scandinavian Folklore. His dissertation (2009) approaches the Old Norse shield poems as ekphrases in light of both contemporary interart theory as well as current research into both the Viking age and Medieval Icelandic context for these poems. Since then much of his work has revolved around the application of cultural memory theory to the issue of the “survival” of pagan Norse myths in Christian Iceland. His upcoming article on the Figure of the Home and Interior in Old Norse literature builds on both the interest in the material culture of the Viking age that informed his dissertation and on his interest in the ways that Old Norse literature is engaged in the construction of Icelandic identity. From Fall 2013-Summer 2015 he was engaged as the translator of Swedish theologian Ola Sigurdson’s book Heavenly Bodies (Himmelska kroppar), on the theology and philosophy of the body.

Carl filed his dissertation with the department of Scandinavian at Berkeley in 2009, where he taught as a lecturer until 2012. From 2012-13 he taught Swedish at Gustavus Adolphus College, and from 2014-2015 has been teaching Swedish and other courses at UCLA. At Berkeley he will be teaching Scandinavian R5B Section 3 and Swedish 1A in Fall 2015.

Tiffany White

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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Troy Wellington Smith

Troy Wellington Smith is a PhD student and Graduate Student Instructor in the Department of Scandinavian. He received his BA in English literature and history from Swarthmore College, and went on to receive an MS in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. » read more »

Isobel Boles

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 »

Ulf Olsson

Ulf Olsson is professor of comparative literature at Stockholm University, Sweden, but has frequently been coming to UC Berkeley, both to teach and to perform research. Olsson has published extensively on Swedish writer August Strindberg, as well as on more contemporary writers Birgitta Trotzig and Lars Norén. His latest book, Silence and Subject in Modern Literature: Spoken Violence (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) starts with Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, passes via writers such as Hawthorne, Melville, Musil and several others, up to Peter Handke’s Kaspar, in a discussion of language as a medium for violent forming of the subject. Olsson is also interested in improvised music, and has published on artists such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis, and he is currently working on a book on the Grateful Dead, alongside a book on the late works of August Strindberg. Olsson’s theoretical focus is on the Frankfurt School (Adorno, Benjamin), and on Michel Foucault, and he also co-edited a selection of Foucault’s essays in Swedish translation. He is also interested in problems of violence, improvisation, commodification, exile, in literature.

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