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Natalie Van Deusen, PhD

Associate Professor & Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Scandinavian Professor


Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

About Me

I received my PhD in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. My doctoral research focused on Old Norse paleography and philology, and my dissertation was a new study on and edition of the Old Norse legend of Martha and Mary Magdalen. I hold the inaugural Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Scandinavian Professorship in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, where I serve as Program Advisor for Scandinavian, Norwegian, and Swedish. I am presently the President of the Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada. I also serve as Book Review Editor for Scandinavian-Canadian Studies / Études scandinaves au Canada

I live in Edmonton with my spouse and our two daughters. When I'm not on campus, you can find me with them, or teaching group exercise and spinning classes at the gym.


My research interests include Old Norse-Icelandic paleography and philology, manuscript culture, hagiography and religious literature (poetry and prose), and women's and gender studies. I have published articles and book reviews in such venues as Scandinavian Studies, Journal for English and Germanic Philology, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies, Arthuriana, Arkiv för nordisk filologi, and Maal og minne. In 2014, I was awarded a Killam Research Fund award from the University of Alberta to conduct archival research for a book I have since co-written and published with Professor Kirsten Wolf (UW-Madison), entitled The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry. I have also recently published a detailed study, edition, and translation of the Old Norse-Icelandic legend of Martha and Mary Magdalen with the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. At present, I am examining the composition and transmission of poetry on female saints in post-Reformation Iceland. This research project, entitled "Mirrors of Virtue: Holy Virgins and Models for Womanhood in Early Icelandic Verse," is supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant.


I teach a variety of courses on Scandinavian literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. I also supervise graduate students in MLCS and Religious Studies.