I specialise on Scandinavian and Baltic history and politics (especially foreign and security policy, and early 20th century wars), but I'm also interested 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 (EISPS). I am also a member of UCL's Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) as the Director of 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 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 etc. 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, and 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 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 (Associate Professor of Scandinavian History and Politics)

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:

  • 2018-...: 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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