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Biography

Michelle Graabek did her PhD in History & Civilisation at the European University Institute. 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 nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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 widening access to history and the arts. She continues to have a research interest in public history, particularly the representation of marginalised groups in historical narratives and public heritage sites.

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. 

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