I am an educator by profession and purpose, combining an old-school gift for clear explanations and well-spun tales with a keen eye for the new horizons of social media and technology. With my Youtube channel dedicated to popular questions about Norse language and mythology, I am proving every week that stylish, up-to-date multimedia presentations can also have the substance of a well-informed, thoroughly researched college class on the subject from an expert in the field. These efforts are supported by a wonderful community of backers on Patreon.
I am also a translator of the Old Norse language who believes that masterpieces of medieval Scandinavian mythology and heroic literature such as The Poetic Edda (Hackett, 2015) and The Saga of the Volsungs (Hackett, 2017) ought to be available in easy-to-find, accessible translations in Modern English that make their dynamic stories just as exciting for today’s audience as they were 800 years ago in Iceland.
I received my Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and my M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia. I taught at UCLA from 2011-14 and at UC Berkeley from 2015-17.
Since 2017 I have worked full-time as an Instructor and as Director of Nordic Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where I teach classes in Old Norse mythology, language, and sagas. I am also a Faculty Affiliate of the Center of the American West. I divide my time off-campus between the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado and the Wind River and Big Horn ranges of Wyoming.