About me

I have a PhD in history from the University of Iceland and currently work as the director of the University of Iceland Research Centre in Northwest Iceland, which is a full-time academic research position. I am also editor of the peer-reviewed journal SAGA, an Icelandic-language journal of history.

My main research focus is on coercive labour relations and the power relations of everyday life in preindustrial Iceland, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Other research fields which I work on occasionally include the history of Icelandic immigrants in North America, the regional history of NW-Iceland, the role of arbitration commissions in nineteenth century Iceland and historical theory and methodology.