I was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark and I studied Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. I came to the US as an exchange student to study political science and rhetoric at UC Berkeley. At the time, I thought it would be against all odds if I stayed for the duration of an academic year (9 long months). I feared the violence in the US, which I had seen in American movies back in Denmark, and I also just knew that Scandinavia was the best place to live.
This is now 15 years ago.
I still love to go back to my native Denmark and I spend 3 months in Europe every summer. But when harvest (and the rain) comes, I'm happy to return to San Francisco and to Stanford.
After staying two years at Berkeley, I went to graduate school at Stanford and earned my Ph.D. in modern thought and literture in 2002. I have taught at Stanford since. My research is on how contemporary European identities are constructed in relation to Europe's nazi past and to current Muslim immigration. My current focus is on cultural and legal discourse on Muslim immigrants. I have recently published articles on the gendered rhetoric of the infamous Mohammed cartoon crisis as it unfolded in Europe and in America respectively.
My teaching centers around issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity and religion, and I am currently teaching classes in Stanford's Program in Writing and Rhetoric on the role of satire in challenging, consolidating, or questioning racial, ethnic and gendered stereotypes.
I have traveled extensively in what was once known as East and West Europe, and I have lived for longer periods of time in Spain, Italy, Ireland, and, of course, Denmark. I have also traveled in Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, Tahiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and the US. In fact, being without a ticket abroad makes me slightly dizzy.