Dr Haki Antonsson

Head of Department

Senior Lecturer in Medieval Scandinavian Studies

Born 1970 in Reykjavik, Iceland, I received my Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of St Andrews in 2000. I was a lecturer in the Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews (2000-2001) and the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, University of Cambridge (2001-2004). I was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen, 2004-2007.The history and culture of Scandinavia between ca. 900 and ca. 1300; the Christianization of Scandinavia and especially the cult of saints and the associated Old Norse and Latin literature; cultural interaction between the British Isles and Scandinavia... > More

Dr Elettra Carbone

Teaching Fellow in Norwegian

Elettra profile

I completed my PhD in Scandinavian Studies at UCL in February 2011. My thesis, Nordic Italies examines representations of Italy in Nordic Literatures written between the 1830s and the 1910s. I also hold an MA in Comparative Literature and a BA in Scandinavian Studies with Management Studies, both from UCL. In the course of the past two years, I worked as a postdoc fellow (Knowledge Transfer Associate) for UCL Advances (the UCL Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Interaction), examining the challenges faced by small publishing companies specialised in the Humanities and exploring new potential ways of cooperation between small publishing companies like Norvik Press and the higher education sector. I have also published an edited book and a number of journal articles related to the topic of my PhD thesis and taught on various aspects of Scandinavian literature and culture at UCL.... > More

Karin Charles

Departmental Co-ordinator 


I manage and co-ordinate the Scandinavian Studies Department administration.  I am also the project manager for Nordic Noir and am involved with other departmental public engagement projects.  I am also the Undergraduate Officer and Careers Liaison for the School of European Languages, Culture and Society.  In addition, I manage the administration for the BA Language and Culture.

Dr Erin Goeres

Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature

Dr Erin Goeres

I received my doctorate in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature in 2010 from the University of Oxford. I also hold an MA in Medieval Studies from the University in York and bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and French Studies from the University of Winnipeg. After completing my doctorate I lectured in medieval languages and literature for two years at the University of Oxford before taking up a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. I will be joining UCL as Lecturer in Old Norse Language and Literature in September 2013...> More

Jesper Hansen

Teaching Fellow in Danish


Jesper teaches Basic Danish, Intermediate Danish, Advanced Danish and Advanced Project Work in Danish, as well as Nordic literature. He holds a Teacher's degree from Herlev Gymnasium, a Danish high school in Copenhagen, and a Cand. Mag in English/Danish from the University of Copenhagen. Recently, Jesper has been developing a project that integrates transferable skills training in editing and publishing into the language classroom, producing print and online versions of the magazine Danish Review ...> More

Dr Mary Hilson

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Scandinavian History


I was educated at the University of Exeter, and studied as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Economic History, Uppsala University.  I joined the UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies in October 2000.  From January 2009-September 2009 I was visiting researcher at the Centre for Nordic Studies, Renvall Institute, Helsinki University, where I was also attached to the NordForsk Centre of Excellence on The Nordic Welfare State: Historical Foundations and Future Challenges. My current research project is concerned with the consumer co-operative movement in Scandinavia, Britain and the rest of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century... >More

Annika Lindskog

Lecturer in Swedish


After graduating with a degree in Swedish, German, Music & Teaching from Umeå University and Piteå Academy of Music (Sweden), I taught Swedish as a foreign language and courses in Swedish cultural studies at the University of Wales Lampeter, the University of Belgrade, and Trinity Colllege Dublin before joining UCL in 2001. In 2008 I also completed a MA in Music, Culture & Politics at Cardiff University, with the dissertation: 'Siehe, ich sage euch ein Geheimnis: Collectivity, compassion & cultural nationalism in choral music from the nineteenth century'. ... > More

Dr Helga Hlaðgerður Lúthersdóttir

Teaching Fellow in Icelandic and Old Norse


Prior to joining Scandinavian Studies at UCL I was the Head of Nordic Studies, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the United States. I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature at University of Colorado in 2005. I also hold an MA in Comparative Literature from University of Colorado, a BA in Comparative Literature and Teaching Credentials from the University of Iceland, and a BA in Fine Arts from the Icelandic Academy of Arts. > More

Dr John Mitchinson

Teaching Fellow in Scandinavian Studies (Swedish and Faroese)


I completed all levels of my higher education at UCL, with the exception of a semester at Umeå University in 2004, the University of Hamburg in 2005 and a research period based at the University of the Faroe Islands between 2008 and 2010. I received my PhD in Scandinavian Linguistics in March 2012. My thesis, which was funded by the AHRC, looked at the Danish language on the Faroe Islands from a post-colonial perspective. Prior to this I completed an MA in Advanced Scandinavian Translation Studies and a BA in German and Scandinavian Studies. For the creation and teaching of the two Faroese language courses at UCL, I received a Provost's Teaching Award in 2011... > More

Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature


My research falls within the fields of Scandinavian and Comparative Literature. I have published studies in World Literature, Book History, Discourse Technologies, (Cultural) Memory and Digital Culture, Hans Christian Andersen and Henry James. I am interested in the inter-dependence of literature and materiality - how publication formats, print cultures and visual cultures make literature 'matter'. I have published research on Hans Christian Andersen's tales in illustrated magazines; Henry James's New York Edition author portrait; Memorial culture in Second Life; Digital archives and cultural heritage... >More

Dr Claire Thomson

Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Film

Dr Claire Thomson

I gained my PhD in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and hold an MA in Modern European Languages and European Union Studies (French and Danish) and an MSc in the Practice and Theory of Translation, also from the University of Edinburgh. I currently supervise PhD projects on Cypriot national cinema, on Finnish cinema and the Welfare State, on Icelandic national-literary history, and on Swedish-English Translation Studies (our UCL Impact PhD Studentships)... > More

Associated faculty:

  • Dr Titus Hjelm, Lecturer in Finnish Studies (Department of East European Languages and Cultures, SSEES)