Department of History, University of Durham

I’m Associate Professor of Medieval History and Literature, where I teach on all things Viking and keep an enormous stash of teabags and biscuits for students who need to pop into my office for a cuppa and chat. Click here for my university webpage, with details of my academic publications.

Borders, Boundaries, Landscapes

I’m General Editor of a book series with Brepols publishers, an international academic publisher of works in the humanities. I’m very lucky to have an interdisciplinary board of experts drawn from institutions around the world, and a world-class publishing manager who keeps the whole ship afloat.

International Arctic Social Sciences Association

I began collaborating with IASSA colleagues at the 7th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, held in Akureyri in Northern Iceland. Since then, we have had a lot of fun organising conference panels, co-writing journal articles and editing a book, Imagining the Supernatural North. We visit each other in our home countries and spend evenings introducing each other to local alcoholic specialities.


I’m one of the founding members of the steering group for the University of the Arctic (UArctic) at Durham University, a network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organisations concerned with education and research in and about the North.

University of the Arctic, Tromsø

I’m a member of the research group ‘Creating the New North: Manifestations of Central Power in the North AD 500-1800’. This means I get to spend more time in Arctic Norway and hang out with interesting people, a state of affairs that makes me very happy.

Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

As a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the English Faculty, I researched and wrote the book that would become Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas, published with Oxford University Press in 2016.

The Queen’s College, University of Oxford

As an Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow at Queen’s, I had some Extraordinary Experiences, including creating an annual Yule Feast for the English Students and taking members of the college on a ‘Vikings v Anglo-Saxons’ roadtrip, where we re-enacted the Battle of Maldon in Essex and declaimed Beowulf on top of a burial mound at Sutton Hoo.

Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge

I spent many happy years in ASNC, immersed in the languages, literatures and cultures of what are sometimes called the ‘Dark Ages’. I specialised in Old Norse culture, language and literature, with a PhD in landscape and space in the Old Norse sagas. I was an undergraduate at Churchill College, and a postgraduate at Pembroke College, both of which were great places to cut my academic teeth.