I have been a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1999. I started with an interest in Historical Scandinavian Linguistics, which has grown to a general interest in folklore and medieval Scandinavia. My books include Beginner's Swedish and Analyzing Ten Poems from the Poetic Edda. My current research interests include Hans Christian Andersen, Folk Life on the Åland Islands, and Scandinavian Mythology and Religion.
Regarding my teaching I am very interested in the first year experience and undergraduate student life. I am currently the Norden House Faculty Director, the Scandinavian language floor with the International Learning Community; a faculty fellow for the Bradley Learning community; and teach a First year Interest Group on the Vikings. I have created several distance education course: one for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Vikings; I worked with Niels Ingwersen on a DVD set for the distance course The Tale of Hans Christian Andersen; and Susan Brantly on a distance course on 19th Century Scandinavian Literature. I am also currently a member of the Humanities Council of Wisconsin's Speakers Bureau.