Pernille Ipsen

Associate Professor


Office: 3307 Sterling
Mailbox: 5032 Mosse Humanities
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-2:30pm or by appointment

Pernille Ipsen


I am associate professor in Gender & Women’s Studies and History. I specialize in histories of women, gender and race in Scandinavia and the Atlantic world. My first book, Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast (2015) is a history of interracial marriage in the Danish-Norwegian Atlantic slave trade on the Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), 1700-1850. My second book-project, Et åbent øjeblik [An Open Moment], is a collective biography of the feminist commune I lived in as a young child in Copenhagen. Centering on specific life-experiences of seven women who lived amid women’s and lesbian politics in the early ’70s, I explore a moment filled with such possibilities for radical change in our understanding of gender and sexuality that its effects reverberate today.


M.A., – Copenhagen University
Ph.D., – Copenhagen University


Selected Publications

  • Book: Et åbent øjeblik: Da mine mødre gjorde noget nyt. Gyldendal, forthcoming.
  • “Plant ikke Upas-Træet om vor Bolig” [Do not plant the upas tree by our home]: Colonial Haunting, Race, and Interracial Marriage in Hans Christian Andersen’s Mulatten (1840).” The Journal of Scandinavian Studies 88:2 (2016), 127-156.
  • Pernille Ipsen: “”The Christened Mulatresses”: Euro-African Families in a Slave trading Town” in The William and Mary Quarterly (April 2013).
  • “Døde rotter under Christiansborg” in Kampen om Danmarks Slaver, edited by Frits Andersen and Jacob Ladegaard (Århus: Århus Universitetsforlag, 2017), 47-65 [“Dead Rats Under Christiansborg” in The Battle over Denmark’s Slaves].
  • Editor + co-author of the introduction of a special issue of the journal Itinerario about “Nordic Colonialism” based on a collection of papers presented at three conferences hosted in our network “Global Cultural History“.

History Courses

  • History 200 – Explorers, Colonizers, Travelers: Travel Writing as Historical Sources
  • History 201 – Historian’s Craft: Explorers, Colonizers & Travelers: Travel Writing as Historical Sources – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History/GWS 315: Gender, Race & Colonialism
  • History 600 – Race and Gender in the Atlantic World, 1500-1900 – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
  • History 680/690 – Senior Thesis Writing Colloquium – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 703 – History and Theory: Recent Approaches to Cultural History – Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
  • History 800 – MA Thesis Writing Colloquium