Henrik Williams

Professor at Department of Scandinavian Languages

+4618-471 1275
Visiting address:
Engelska parken
Thunbergsvägen 3L, hus 16 plan 2

Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 UPPSALA

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Professor of Scandinavian languages, holder of the chair from January 1, 2002

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My courses


  • Visiting scholar at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond 2017
  • Fellow at Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo, 2013–2014
  • Visiting Professor at University College London, 2005
  • Visiting Professor at University of Kalmar, 2001
  • Professor of Swedish at Uppsala University, 2000–2002
  • Visiting Associate Professor at University of California at Berkeley 1998
  • Senior Lecturer (tenured) of Swedish at Uppsala university, 1996–2000
  • Junior research fellow at Dept. of Scandinavian Languages, 1993–97
  • Associate Professor (non-tenured) of Scandinavian languages at Uppsala University, from 1992
  • Various part-time research appointments (see past research projects below)
  • Various part-time positions as Senior Lecturer (non tenured) in Swedish at Uppsala University 1990–1996
  • Ph. D. Uppsala university 1990 Runrön 3


Courses on basic, advanced and doctoral levels

Research interests

Ongoing research projects

Leader: Scandinavian Runic-text Data base now together with Marco Bianchi, Magnus Källström, and Jan Owe. Financed 1993–1997 by Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson's Foundation. Still in operation.

Leader: Digitala Birgitta together with Roger Andersson, Olle Ferm, and Ingela Hedström. Financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond 2016–2019.

Past research projects

Leader: The original version of Edda Snorra Sturlusonar? Studies in Codex Upsaliensis together with Maja Bäckvall, Lasse Mårtensson, Heimir Pálsson, Jonatan Pettersson, and Daniel Sävborg. Financed 2008–2010(12) by The Swedish Research Council.

Co-Leader: Heliga Birgitta på fornsvenska together with Roger Andersson, Olle Ferm, and Zeth Alvered. Financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond, Centre for Medieval Studies, and The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities 2011–2015.

Co-Leader: Medeltidens ekonomiska texter (Financial texts during the Middle Ages) together with Zeth Alvered, Göran Dahlbäck, Lennart Elmevik, Evert Melefors, and Janken Myrdal.
Financed 1997–1999 by The Swedish Research Council.

Sveriges kristnande (The Christianization in Sweden) together with Stefan Brink, Anne-Sofie Gräslund, Carl Fredrik Hallencreutz, Jan Arvid Hellström, Håkan Möller, and Bertil Nilsson. Financed 1990–1995 by The Swedish Research Council.

De vikingatida runinskrifternas kronologi (The Chronology of Viking Age Runic Inscriptions) together with Jan Axelson, Lennart Elmevik, Svante Lagman, Lena Peterson, and Marit Åhlén. Financed 1987–1989 by The Swedish Research Council.

Doctoral student supervision

Main advisor for completed dissertations by:

Main or co-advisor for on-going projects:

  • Hanna Åkerström (Uppsala University) Att organisera betydelse. En undersökning av tidigvikingatida runtexter i Norden
  • Tristan Mueller-Vollmer (University of Wisconsin–Madison) Personal Names on Swedish Viking Age Runestones


Invited guest lecturer or keynote speaker at universities/institutions abroad:

  • American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN (2013, 2015, 2016, 2019)
  • Augustana College, Rock Island, IL (2010, 2015)
  • Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C (2010)
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (2015)
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2010, 2015)
  • Helsingfors universitet (2006)
  • Københavns Universitet (2008)
  • Lancaster University (2005)
  • Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN (2010, 2016)
  • Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA (2016)
  • Nordic Museum, Seattle, WA (2019)
  • North Eastern State University, Tahlequah, OK (2010)
  • North Park University, Chicago, IL (2015)
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus (1997, 2010)
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C (2010, 2015, 2016)
  • Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN (2015)
  • Università Ca'Foscari, Venezia (2013)
  • Università degli Studi di Messina (2019)
  • Universitetet i Agder, Kristiansand (2014)
  • Universitet i Oslo (2010)
  • University College London (1996, 2005, 2011)
  • University of California, Berkeley (1997, 1998, 2010)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (2010)
  • University of Cambridge (2007, 2011)
  • University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond (2015, 2016)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1994)
  • University of Melbourne (1997)
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2010, 2019)
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (2015)
  • University of Nottingham (1996, 2017)
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia (2016)
  • University of Sydney (1997)
  • University of Toronto (2019)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison (1998)
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (2015)

Membership in learned societies



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