Jackson Crawford

Linguist / Writer

My expertise is in the Scandinavian languages and their history. As of the school year 2017-18, I have been hired as Instructor of Nordic Studies and Nordic Program Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Previously I taught at the University of California, Berkeley (2015-17) and the University of California, Los Angeles (2011-14), where I offered courses in Norse language, society, and myth. I earned my Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia.


Recent Highlights

Videos about Norse Language & Myth
Dr. Jackson Crawford is an Old Norse specialist and translator teaching at the University of Colorado (formerly UC Berkeley and UCLA).
Linguist Takes Thor's Hammer To Crusty Translations Of Viking Poetry
Bleikr, Gulr, and the Categorization of Color in Old Norse


The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
Blåe og svarte augo: skipnaden av fargeuttrykk i norrønt
The classification of color in Old Norse.
Old Norse-Icelandic (þú) est and (þú) ert
Regional variation in an Old Norse verb.
Voluspå (Moderne nynorsk)
My translation of the Old Norse poem Voluspa into Modern Norwegian (Nynorsk).
The Cowboy Havamal
An Old Norse poem rendered in Western dialect.
The Historical Development of Basic Color Terms in Old Norse-Icelandic
My dissertation on the classification of color perception in Old Norse.

Television and Movies

I wrote the runic texts, as well as the spoken Old Norse in the coronation scene, for Disney's Frozen.
Vikings: A Warrior Society
Featured expert in this documentary included in the Vikings season 2 DVD set.
Go for Broke
Featured expert on an episode of "America's Secret Slang" discussing the influence of Old Norse on the English language.


RateMyProfessors: Jackson Crawford at Berkeley
RateMyProfessors: Jackson Crawford at UCLA
Modern Icelandic gets warm reception as latest Berkeley language
Modern Icelandic is a language spoken fluently by about 320,000 of the world's more than 7 billion inhabitants, and now more maybe be speaking it as UC Berkeley offers it as a...

Social Media Engagement

Olav H. Hauge
More than 19,000 people follow my Facebook fan page for Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge, where I share a poem by him every day.
Tattúínárdǿla saga: If Star Wars Were an Icelandic Saga
A long time ago, in a North Atlantic far far away...

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