Associate Professor - Promotion Programme
Karen Blixens Plads 8, 2300 København S, 11B Bygning 11B (Afsnit 2), Building: 11B-1-04
Primary fields of research
I specialize in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic history. My particular focus is on Caribbean cultural and social history though I also work with West African and Danish Atlantic history. In my research I have explored questions about government, gender, religion, and race in the US Virgin Islands when they were under Danish rule and known as the Danish West Indies.
I am currently in charge of the research project IN THE SAME SEA funded by a consolidator grant from the European Research Council. Together with a multinational team of researchers and supported by digital tools, the team of IN THE SAME SEA will narrate the history of how the Lesser Antilles emerged as a common world of slavery and freedom, c. 1650s-1850s. The project runs from 2020 to 2025.
In addition, I research the history of racism and race Denmark in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, focusing in particular on how anti-African racism was localized in the country’s capital Copenhagen, the financial center of the Danish Atlantic empire.
In addition to my empirical footing in Danish Atlantic history, I find inspiration in new global history, post- and decolonial studies, sociological and anthropological critical analysis, and in whatever else makes me curious and helps me think in new ways about the past.
I hold degrees from the European University Institute, Florence, (PhD), and from Roskilde University (MA) in history and international development studies. In addition to fieldwork experiences from Tanzania and Nicaragua, I have studied at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and been a visiting researcher at Warwick University’s Center for Caribbean Studies.
I supervise MA-papers and PhD-dissertations dealing with:
- Caribbean history
- Atlantic history
- Race and racism
- Gender and women
- Slavery and the transatlantic slave trade
- Imperialism, colonialism and post-colonial societies
- Global history
- Social history