Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2017
    Professor of Church History, University of Copenhagen

  • Since 2017
    Director of The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies

  • Since 2009
    Professor at the Dept. of Church History, University of Copenhagen

  • 2008 – 2009
    Associate Research Professor, The Danish National Research Foundation, Centre of Excellence: Centre for the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals (CHMR)

  • 2003 – 2009
    Research fellowship, CHMR

  • 2001 – 2002
    Post-doc., Department of Church History, University of Copenhagen

  • 1997 – 1998
    Visiting fellow, Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge

Selected projects

  • Director of The Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies (2017-2023, with the potential of a four-year extension)

  • PI on: "Solitudes: Withdrawal and Engagement in the long Seventeenth Century" collective research project, funded by ERC (Consolidator's grant) 2013 – 2017

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters since 2019

  • On the editorial board of the journal Sacris Erudiri since 2014

  • On the editorial board of the book series 'Knowledge Communities 1000-1700' (Univ. of Amsterdam Press) since 2014

  • On the editorial board of the book series 'Ritus et Artes: Traditions and Transformations' (Brepols) since 2005

  • Editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Cistercian Order

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  • Remote referee, ERC Starting Grant, SH5: Culture and Cultural Production 2016

  • External reviewer, The Norwegian Research Council, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 on panels for history, history of religion, archaeology and cultural studies

  • Research Foundation Flanders, 2011, 2013

  • The Danish Council for Independent Research: Humanities, 2009

  • Peer reviewer for Brepols Publishers since 2010 and for Brill since 2013

  • On assessment committees for post as, e.g.,:

  • Professorship,Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, Oslo Univ., 2017

  • Professorship, Institute for Culture and Identity, Roskilde Univ., 2012

  • Associate Professor, Dpt. of History, Aalborg Univ., 2009

  • Research position at Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Bergen, 2007

  • Professorship of Medieval Cultural History, Dpt. of History, Roskilde Univ., 2012

  • On assessment committee for doctoral dissertation (disputats), Institute of History and Civilization, Univ. of Southern Denmark (2013)

  • On PhD evaluation committees at the following institutions:

  • Dpt. of Church History, Univ. of Copenhagen, 2012 and 2013

  • Dpt. of History of Ideas, Univ. of Oslo, 2011

  • Dpt. of History, Roskilde Univ., 2009

  • Institute of History and Civilization, Univ. of Southern Denmark, 2008

  • Dpt. of Architecture, Univ. of Cambridge, 2007

  • Dpt. of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, Univ. of Bergen, 2006

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • academic supervision of early career scholars


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    Theologist Prof Mette Birkedal Bruun obtained two research awards in late 2017: the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize and a grant from the The Danish National Research Foundation. The additional funds will allow her to run a new centre of excellence for basic research, focusing on privacy as well as expand her work on medieval monasticism.