I specialise on Scandinavian and Baltic history and politics (especially foreign and security policy, and early 20th century wars), but I also have an interest in the Baltic Sea Region more broadly, including Germany and Russia.

In 2014, I completed my PhD dissertation at University of Tartu, Estonia, and in 2015 I joined UCL where I work in the departments of Scandinavian Studies and European & International Social & Political Studies.

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 region. I have written on the idea of Estonia's Nordic identity, German annexationism in the First World War, Swedish right-wing nationalism in 19th and 20th century wars, the war experiences of Estonian soldiers and other related topics. I am also interested in contemporary Baltic and Scandinavian politics, especially foreign and security policy. Furthermore, 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.

In 2015, I was Head of Department of Scandinavian Studies at University of Tartu.  Between 2017 and 2023, I was the Director of MA European Culture and Thought and MA European Studies taught postgraduate programmes at UCL's Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII). I am currently Head of Department of European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS) at UCL. EISPS hosts three elite undergraduate degrees that combine language-based area studies with specialisms in social sciences. I have also been one of the co-editors of Scandinavian Journal of History (2017-2021).

I have translated books, poetry and short stories, mainly from Icelandic and Old Icelandic into Estonian. In 2016, I was awarded an Estonian literary debut prize.


Dr. Mart Kuldkepp (Professor of Estonian and Nordic History)

Academic qualifications:

  • PhD in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures. University of Tartu, Estonia, 2014.
  • MA in Scandinavian Languages and Cultures. University of Tartu, Estonia, 2010.
  • BA in Scandinavian Languages and Cultures. University of Tartu, Estonia, 2006.

Academic career:

  • 2023-...: Professor of Estonian and Nordic History, UCL.
  • 2018-2023: Associate Professor of Scandinavian History and Politics, UCL.
  • 2015-2018: Lecturer in Contemporary Scandinavian History, UCL.
  • 2015-2015: Research Fellow in Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
  • 2014-2014: Junior Research Fellow in Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
  • 2011-2014: Assistant Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
  • 2007-2011: Adjunct in Scandinavian Studies, University of Tartu.
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