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Jenny Larsson

Professor of Baltic Linguistics, Stockholm University

Jenny Larsson earned her PhD from the University of Copenhagen in 2004 and was subsequently awarded
a research grant by the Carlsberg Foundation. During this period she was a visiting researcher at the Friedrich-
Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She has also been
a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. In 2007 she was awarded a research grant within the Elite
Research Initiative by the Danish Council for Independent Research, allowing her to focus on historical word-
forming processes in the Baltic languages. Larsson was also a researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s
interdisciplinary research centre Roots of Europe – Language, Culture and Migrations (funded as a Programme
of Excellence). She is currently Professor of Baltic Linguistics at Stockholm University.

Larsson is a historical linguist, specialized in the Baltic languages. Her research has centred on historical phono-
logical processes, word formation and accent patterns in the Baltic and Slavic languages. She has also specialized
in Baltic mythology and the reconstruction of the pre-Christian Baltic pantheon. In addition, she has been involved
in interdisciplinary research on the spread of the Indo-European languages in pre-historic times.

Larsson is the former president of the Young Academy of Sweden. She has been awarded the Young Elite Research-
er Award by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, the Young Leaders Fellowship by the Sasakawa Foundation,
the Award for Excellence by the FAIES association at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Copenhagen Gold Medalfor her dissertation. She is a member of the board of the Foundation for Baltic and East
European Studies.

At SCAS, she will be working on her research project about early Baltic mythology.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2018-19.