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. During her undergraduate studies, Sara Ann pursued medieval history and Latin and the modern Scandinavian languages. She spent a year studying Archaeology at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her work there focused on the Viking-Age runestones and the reception of Christianity in Scandinavia, particularly how the new religion was adopted and adapted to fit Scandinavian culture and society. In 2015 Sara Ann was awarded a Cambridge Trust scholarship to pursue her master’s degree at Cambridge, where she researched the transmission of Scandinavian cultural identity in North Atlantic landscapes using ArcGIS and paleoenvironmental data.
At Berkeley, Sara Ann is interested in the movement and cross-cultural encounters of the Scandinavian diaspora based on its literature, material culture, and traces in landscapes. Her academic interests include mobility and the movement of people over time and space, the influence of cross-cultural encounters on religious mentalities, cultural identity, and memory, materiality, and digital methods in history.