I am a Norwegian historian, traveler and commentator with a focus on the Middle East. I specialize in the history and politics of Palestine/Israel, Iran and the Persian Gulf. My institutional home is at the University of Oxford where I am a PhD candidate in History.
My PhD thesis deals with the transnational connections between Palestine/Israel and the Persian Gulf in the 19th and 20th centuries. I focus on Jewish history in the Gulf, particularly as it connects to Palestine and the Zionist movement before 1948. My work spans intellectual, social and political history, including topics like Jewish migration, labour revolts, diplomacy and British colonial rule.
Before starting my PhD, I completed an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (Oxford, 2020) and a BA in Arabic and History (SOAS, 2017). In between, I have also done policy work at the Norwegian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment.
I dabble in political commentary and my work has appeared in outlets like NRK Ytring, Morgenbladet and Aftenbladet. During my master studies I was Chief Editor of Oxford Middle East Review.
Outside academic work I am an avid hiker, kayaker and diver.