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Biography

Michelle Graabek is a doctoral researcher at the European University Institute in the department of History & Civilization. Her research lies at the intersection of migration, gender, and religious history, with a cultural approach. Predominantly her research is on Scandinavian migrants in Latter-day Saint (commonly known as Mormon) and Danish Lutheran communities. Her current research focuses on culture and community among Danish Latter-day Saint immigrant women in Utah during the late nineteenth century.

Michelle Graabek has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Reading where she began her interest in Scandinavian migrant cultural identity by writing her dissertation on viking art and metalwork found in the Danelaw in England. She expanded her focus in cultural studies with an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London, where she developed her  interdisciplinary research skills. 

Prior to starting her PhD Michelle worked for several years in the cultural heritage sector at various historic houses in England, managing education and events programmes with a great passion for education and access to history and the arts.

For more information on Michelle Graabek’s work experience please visit her linkedin profile, www.linkedin.com/in/michellegraabek