Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for Maritime and Business History at the University of Southern Denmark
Visiting Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford (Fall 2018)
Visiting Scholar, Faculty of History, University of Oxford (Fall 2018)
My field of research is modern Danish and European history, with an emphasis on politics, business, and ideas. I did my doctoral work on the history of Danish democracy, and my subsequent project was on languages of industry and productivity in the age of industrialization. I have also worked on a range of other topics, from varieties of liberalism to the role of business organizations. I have participated in numerous international research projects, and my most recent publication was Democracy in Modern Europe: A Conceptual History (Berghahn Books 2018, co-edited w. Jussi Kurunmäki and Henk te Velde).
I am currently working on transformations of capitalism since the early 20th century. I understand the history of capitalism as a call for broad perspectives on the history of the private enterprise system and its sustaining ideas and institutions, and I am especially interested in the role of business agents and the state in periods of economic and political instability and change.
Trained as a historian at the University of Southern Denmark (Ph.D. in 2008), I have been a visitor at the University of Freiburg, at Harvard University, and at the University of Oxford.