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You can reach me at my work email: email at sophushelle dot com. I’m an incorrigible workaholic, so I’ll usually get back to you pretty quickly.


PhD in Comparative Literature from Aarhus University, 2020; MA in Assyriology from the University of Copenhagen, 2017; winner of the European Young Researcher Award 2020 Popular Prize and the Aarhus University Research Foundation 2021 PhD Prize. Starting in September 2021, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at Freie Universität Berlin and Oxford University, with a stipend from the Carlsberg Foundation. I am also a regular contributor to the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen.

I am writer with a passion for taking seemingly obscure topics and making them ardently relevant to my readers. I have written on subjects as diverse as Babylonian epics, climate change, medieval philosophy, love in Disney, and the art of falling, but I am always driven by the same desire: to share the facts that fascinate me, and to make them as compelling as I can. All my writing is infused by this urge – I call it “Advanced Show & Tell.”

My non-academic interests include running, fine dining and, since Covid-19, competitive marble racing (#SpeedIsKey).