Graduate Students  

Benjamin Bigelow,

Jenna Coughlin,

Christian Gullette,

Monica Hidalgo,

Verena Hoefig,

Verena came to Berkeley in 2008 with a Magister Degree from Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. She holds a major degree in Old Norse / Icelandic and minor degrees in History and Political Science. Verena spent two terms at the University of Iceland studying Archaeology, Icelandic, and Swedish. From 2004-2007, she taught Icelandic at a Munich evening school, as well as tutorials in Old Norse and German History at LMU. Since fall 2010 she teaches Swedish at UC Berkeley.
Her main research interests comprise Norse mythology, law and history as represented in poetry and sagas, runic inscriptions and iconography. She is also interested in the representation and utilization of Old Norse textual and material culture in modern times.
In 2007 and while still at LMU, Verena assisted in preparing Jón Ólafssons "Runologia" for publication in the Bibliotheca Arnamagnaeana series. She has published articles about the Icelandic goðar and theories of their origin and about ravens and crows in Old Norse art and literature.

Molly Jacobs,

Molly Jacobs entered the Department of Scandinavian in the fall of 2007. After receiving her B.A. in French and History from Xavier University in 2005, she spent a year teaching English in Chalon-sur-Saône, France. She received her M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto in 2007, where her focus of interest shifted from continental to Scandinavian literature. She explores the links and influences between continental and Old Norse literature, with additional interests in Old French literature, manuscript studies, and historical linguistics. Molly has jointly published a codicological article on Toronto Fisher MS 1269 and is currently working on another joint project, an edition of the life of St. Petronilla from the South English Legendary.

Ida Johnson,

Erik Schjeide,

Erik began his exploration of Scandinavian culture while studying furniture making in Norway. He earned Norwegian journeyman’s papers and a håndverksbrev as he worked in shops in Norway and Germany. Erik set up workshops in California and Oregon, and he has designed and made custom furniture for many years.
His interests in art and computer graphics drew him to College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, where he respectively earned an AS and BA in Multimedia Design and Communications. Thereafter Erik taught cinematography and audio production classes at Humboldt, and he has been involved in several film and video projects. While working as a lecturer, he simultaneously attained a BA in German Studies.
Erik earned his MFA in New Media from University of Donau Krems, Austria. His art projects focused on stop-frame animated filmmaking. The narratives of the animations are informed by the research component of his MFA and master’s thesis, which are investigations of Norse mythology. Erik’s continued interest in the cultural treasures of Scandinavia has led him to broaden his scholastics at Berkeley. He began his studies here in 2008. To view some of Erik’s projects, visit:

Ian Thompson,

Erin Williams,

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