Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2007

Research summary

My research falls within the fields of Scandinavian and Comparative Literature. I have published studies on world literature, book history, discourse technologies, (cultural) memory and digital culture, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry James, Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state. I am particularly interested in the inter-dependence of literature and materiality, literature and society - how publication formats, print cultures and visual cultures make literature 'matter', and how literature may contribute to our understanding of social change and our environment. I have recently  published a book about Scandinavian crime fiction and the welfare state for Bloomsbury Academic (2017). From September 2014 to 2017, I was a co-investigator on the AHRC (Translating Cultures) funded research project entitled Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations. I am currently working on a research project about the Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen and the nineteenth-century periodical press and a project entitled Novel Logistics about infrastructure and genre in world literature.

Teaching summary

I teach courses on Nordic literature and culture in the Department of Scandinavian Studies including a first-year module on Nordic Storytelling. I am co-convening and teaching a second-year core course for the BA Arts and Sciences on Qualitative Thinking, and for the academic year 2017-18, I am convening and teaching on two core courses in the BA Comparative Literature Programme. I am a regular contributor to MA modules in Comparative Literature with seminars on the theory of authorship and ecocriticism, the latter of which involves sessions on the representation of floods in literature, film and the visual arts. I have supervised BASc and MA dissertations on a wide range of themes within Cultural Studies, Print Culture, Scandinavian and Comparative Literature ranging from the reception of Hans Christian Andersen in China, the art of the literary agent to cultural memories of WWII, origin myths in Harry Potter, the phenomenon of unfinished novels and digital literature.


Aarhus Universitet
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
Aarhus Universitet
First Degree, Candidatus | 1998
University of Illinois at Chicago
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Fellowship | 1997
Aarhus Universitet
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1995


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Term 2 (2019-20): Sabbatical

I became a lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at UCL in 2010 following three years as a teaching fellow in Danish in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. In my time at UCL, I have taken part in the administration of the BA Language and Culture programme, and I was the first Undergraduate Tutor in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society from 2010 to 2012. I received my PhD in English Literature from University of Aarhus in 2007 and was a visiting lecturer in Danish at University of Washington from 2001 to 2004. I took my BA and MA degrees at University of Aarhus in Comparative Literature with studies at University of Copenhagen, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Wales College of Cardiff. Since 2016, I have been co-Chair of the UCL Grand Challenges Human Wellbeing, and for the academic year 2017-2018, I am the Interim Programme Director for the UCL BA in Comparative Literature.