Expert on Scandinavian mythology, current Swedish culture, Hans Christian Andersen and folklore
- Scandinavian mythology
- Medieval Scandinavia
- Modern Sweden
- Hans Christian Andersen
- Scandinavian folklore and folk traditions
- Member, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, American Folklore Society
- Author, "Analyzing Ten Poems from the Poetic Edda"
- College of Letters & Science Academic Staff Excellence Award, 2007-08
- Interviewee and consultant for the History Channel's "Clash of the Gods" series, episodes on Thor, "Beowulf," "Lord of the Rings"