I have been active as an academic in the field of Scandinavian and Baltic studies since 2007. I completed my PhD dissertation at University of Tartu, Estonia, in 2014, and joined UCL in 2015. My position is a split one with 0.5 FTE in Scandinavian Studies and 0.5 FTE in European & International Social & Political Studies (IESPS). I am also a member of UCL's Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) as the convener of the MA European Culture and Thought and MA European Studies taught postgraduate programmes.

My primary research focus is on 20th century Scandinavian and Baltic political history, with a particular interest in Baltic-Scandinavian contacts and the transnational history of the Baltic Sea Region more generally. I am also interested in contemporary Baltic and Scandinavian politics (especially foreign and security policy), and I have an academic side-interest in Medieval Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture.

Most of my teaching concerns 20th century European political history, especially the history of Scandinavian and Baltic politics, society, and culture. I have also taught modules in Medieval Studies, including overview courses in Old Norse literature.

I have administrative experience as the previous head and curricula manager of the Department of Scandinavian Studies at University of Tartu, and I am currently holding several administrative roles at UCL, including Dual Degree Coordinator at ESPS and programme convener at CMII. I have also been active as a translator, mainly from Icelandic and Old Icelandic into Estonian; of both modern and Medieval literature. In 2016, I was awarded an Estonian literary debut prize.


Dr. Mart Kuldkepp (Lecturer in Contemporary Scandinavian History)

Academic qualifications:

  • PhD in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures. University of Tartu, Estonia, 2014.
  • MA cum laude in Scandinavian languages and cultures. University of Tartu, Estonia, 2010.
  • BA cum laude in Scandinavian languages and cultures (Swedish philology). University of Tartu, Estonia, 2006.

Academic career:

  • 01.09.2015-30.09.2018: Lecturer in Contemporary Scandinavian History. Department of Scandinavian Studies/Department of European Social and Political Studies, University College London.
  • 01.01.2015-31.08.2015: Research Fellow. Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
  • 01.06.2014-31.12.2014: Junior Research Fellow. Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
  • 01.02.2011-31.05.2014: Assistant Lecturer. Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
  • 2007-2011: Adjunct, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
See also: Wikipedia article in Estonian or in English.