Nina Javette Koefoed
  • Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5

    8000 Aarhus C



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Nina Javette Koefoed is Professor of Early Modern and Nineteenth-Century History and Head of the Department of History and Classical Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is a member of the steering committee of the research centre LUMEN, Centre for the Study of Lutheran Theology and Confessional Societies. She has been head of the Centre for Gender Studies at AU and director of the PhD programme in History, Archaeology and Classical Studies. She has been actively involved in policy work at the University, e.g. as a member and chair of the Academic Council in the Faculty of Arts and as a member of the Committee for Ethical Approval of Research Projects.


She has been PI for the collaborative research project, Lutheranism and Societal Development, and co-PI for the Danish part of a comparative project, The Nordic Household State: variations upon a theme by Luther, and has a strong research interest in how religion has influenced society through her studies of eighteenth-century households, political governance and interactions between subject and 'state', e.g. through petitions and legislative processes, nineteenth-century citizenship, social relief and the early welfare state. She has a growing interest in digital methods, particularly the use of AI to transcribe handwritten sources. She was PI on the research infrastructure project Making the 18th century accessible, and is currently PI on another research infrastructure project, Voices of the People. A Digital Platform for 18th Century Petitions.


She is the author of Besovede kvindfolk og ukærlige barnefædre. Køn, ret og sædelighed i 1700-tallets Danmark and has co-edited several international volumes (e.g. Gender in Urban Europe: Sites of Political Activity and Citizenship, 1750-1900 (Routledge); Lutheranism and Social Responsibility (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht); Reformation and Everyday Life (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)) and special issues (e.g. Journal of Family History; Pietismus und Neuzeit). She has authored and co-authored articles in national and international journals, e.g. Journal of Historical Sociology, Journal of Family History, Scandinavian Journal of History.


  • Cultural history
  • History of gender
  • Political history

Areas of expertise

  • Early Modern Households
  • petitions
  • 19th century citizenship
  • poor relief and welfare
  • konfessional societies


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