Department of History



Karen Oslund

Associate Professor of History

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2000

Office:   LA 4230
Phone:   410-704-4525
Fax:   410-704-5595


Karen Oslund studies Scandinavia and the global Arctic, 1750-present, with particular focus on environmental history. She is the author of Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture, and Storytelling in the North Atlantic (University of Washington Press, 2011).

Dr. Oslund is currently working on a project titled “Survival and Adaptation in Arctic Environments: Modern and Traditional Whaling in the Arctic, 1850-1920,” a comparative study of whaling in Danish Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, and the Russian North.

Selected Publications

Recent Lectures and Presentations

  • “North Atlantic Whaling: A Case Study for Global Whaling Politics?” paper at the American Society for Environmental History conference, Phoenix, Arizona, April 13-17, 2011.
  • ”Whales and Whalers--Arctic Travelers and Arctic Inhabitants: A History of Whaling Cultures and their Contemporary Politics,” invited paper for the Arctic Perspectives Conference, Naryan Mar, Russia, June 24-26, 2010.

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