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Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

  • Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature


  • Phone: +44(0)207 679 3178; Internal: 33178
  • Office: 17 Gordon Square, room 202
  • Office hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm (or by appointment)

    Twitter @JakobStougaard


Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen


I am currently writing a book about Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state for Bloomsbury Academic to be published in 2015. From September 2014, I am a co-investigator on the AHRC (Translating Cultures) funded research project entitled Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations.

My research falls within the fields of Scandinavian and Comparative Literature. My main interests are:

  • Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state (literature & Society)
  • Hans Christian Andersen and the periodical press (Book History & Publishing)
  • Authorship, Henry James and Visual Culture (Authorship studies)
  • Cosmopolitanism in Nordic literature since 1990 (World Literature)
  • The representation of floods in contemporary film, literature and art (Environment & Culture)
  • Digital media and memory studies

Visit My publications for a complete listing of my publications, and:


I teach courses in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS6039 Memory and Literature in a Globalised Culture), the Department of Scandinavian Studies, in the MA programmes in Comparative Literature and European Culture, and a core course in the BA Arts and Sciences programme with Dr Florian Mussgnug (Making Value Judgements: Qualitative Thinking).

In my teaching practice I am finding ways to work with digital literacy, and with various ways in which digital media, social media and distance learning can be used to enhance the learning and teaching experience. Examples of my work with digital learning are:CLITG004 - Memory and Literature in a Globalised Culture (Spring 2009/2010); Resources for Teaching Scandinavian Languages in the Digital Classroom;UCL TILT conference presentation: "Teaching Comparative Literature in a Virtual and Transnational Classroom" (View Lecturecast beginning with slide 33; Literacies and Learning - UCL Teaching & Learning Network presentation: "Blogging Comparative Literature"; "Multilingualism  and Cosmopolitan Citizenship in Europe: Challenges and  directions in teaching and learning less commonly taught languages". Multilingualism: Policy, Practice and Teaching, Jean Monnet Lecture at Università degli Studi di Catania (view slides); in 2009 I was awarded a UCL Provost's Teaching Award.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Transfer

In 2013 I delivered a UCL Lunch Hour Lecture on Scandinavian Crime Fiction and the End of the Welfare State, which can be viewed on YouTube and listened to on SoundCloud. In 2011, I received a Public Engagement UCL Beacon Bursary for the project Nordic Noir: The Scandinavian Crime Fiction Book Club, and I was interviewed for the TV documentary Nordic Noir: The Story of Scandinavian Crime Fiction (aired December 20th, 2010, on BBC4). I have given numerous interviews to the UK, Scandinavian and European press on Scandinavian crime fiction and Nordic societies, but have also done a more lively academic stand-up performance about the printing press as a presenter on Bright Club Ink.

Curriculum Vitae

2013 Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature (UCL)

2010-2012 SELCS Undergraduate Tutor

2010 Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature (UCL)

2007-2010: UCL Teaching Fellow in Danish

2007: PhD, Department of Language, Literature and Culture, Aarhus University

2001-2004: Visiting Lecturer in Danish at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington

2000-2001: Lecturer in Danish at Holbaek Teacher's College.

1999: Amanuensis in Comparative Literature at Aarhus University

1998: MA (cand.mag.) in Comparative Literature and English from University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University

1996-1997: Fulbright Fellow at University of Illinois, Chicago

1995: BA in Comparative Literature, Aarhus University