I was born and raised in the Danish countryside within the Danish-German border region. In 2007, I was awarded a full scholarship to attend United World College Red Cross Nordic, an international school for peace and cross-cultural understanding situated on the remote and picturesque West Norwegian fjords. I did my undergraduate degree in politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, graduating with First Class Honours and winning the best dissertation prize for a thesis on the politicisation of cultural objects by the Danish far right.
During my time at LSE, I was elected by the student body to serve as the LSE Students’ Union full-time Community and Welfare Sabbatical Officer for one year. During this time, I spearheaded a successful campaign for LSE to move toward an ethical investment policy. I also initiated the Union’s zero tolerance to sexual harassment policy and led campaigns to end LSE’s links with the Libyan regime.
After graduating from LSE, I was awarded an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Preparation Master’s studentship to attend Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, graduating with Distinction from the two-year postgraduate programme in Theory and Philosophy. Here, I was awarded a Distinction for my thesis on resistance and acquiescence in Hegel’s master-slave dialectic. I was then awarded an Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) 1+3 studentship to do a research master’s and PhD in political theory at the University of Edinburgh. I graduated with a Distinction from the master’s programme, including a Distinction in my thesis on a comparative critique of James C. Scott’s everyday resistance and John Rawls’ civil disobedience.
In 2016, I started the PhD programme at Edinburgh. My supervisors are Dr Mathias Thaler and Professor Toby Kelly.
In 2018, I was a visiting graduate student at Cornell University, working with Professor Alex Livingston, thanks to an Overseas Institutional Visit Grant from the ESRC. In 2019, I was a visiting research fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway, thanks to funding from the Research School on Peace & Conflict and an EU Erasmus+ Grant.