curriculum vitae

Contact Info

Scandinavian Studies
University of Washington
318 Raitt Hall, Box 353420
Seattle, WA 98195-3420
savay [at] uw [dot] edu

Degrees
  • PhD, Scandinavian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, In Progress
    • Graduate Certificates: Sexuality and Queer Studies, Cinema and Media Studies
  • MA, Scandinavian Languages and Literature, University of Washington
    • Graduate Certificate: Textual and Digital Studies
  • BA, with distinction, Humanities and Social Sciences, Shimer College

Research & Teaching Experience
  • Predoctoral Instructor, Expository Writing Program, University of Washington, 2019-present
  • Teaching Assistant, Sagas of the Vikings, University of Washington, Summer 2018
  • Teaching Assistant, Scandinavian Mythology, University of Washington, Summer 2018
  • Predoctoral Instructor, First Year Danish, University of Washington, 2017 – 2018
  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Swedish Literary and Cultural History, University of Washington, Spring 2017
  • Teaching Assistant, Scandinavian Children’s Literature, University of Washington, Winter 2017
  • Research Assistant, University of Washington, Autumn 2016
Conference Papers
  • “Sex, Race, & Nation-State: Queer Iceland at the Movies.” SASS, Puerto Rico, *Cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • “Whose breast revolution? Nudes, nipples, and human rights in Iceland.” MLA Annual Convention, Seattle, January 10, 2020.
  • “Translating Nervous Wrecks: The Queer Kinship of Translation.” Textual & Digital Studies Colloquium, University of Washington, May 28, 2019.
  • “‘Party like a criminal’: Erik Lundin’s Allegorical Suedi & Postnational Swedish Identity.” SASS, UCLA, May 5, 2018.
  • “A Movement Between: Mellanförskap and the Rap Oeuvre of Erik Lundin.” Study Day on Popular Music in the Nordic Countries, IASPM, University of Oslo, September 14, 2017.

Professional Development & Other Education
  • Multilingual Writing Lab, Ós Pressan, 2018-2019
  • Danish Summer Language Course, Askov Højskole, August 2017
  • International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School, British Centre for Literary Translation, July 2017
  • Graduate Translation Conference & Workshops, University of Texas at Dallas, May 2017
  • International Summer Institute in Faroese Language and Culture, University of the Faroe Islands, August 2016
  • Summer Course in Modern Icelandic, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, University of Iceland, July 2016
  • Academic Exchange Student, AFS Intercultural Programs, Iceland, 2007 – 2008

Selected Grants & Awards
  • Joff Hanauer Fellow in Western Civilization, University of Washington, 2019-2020
  • Fulbright Fellow to Iceland, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2018-2019
  • Research Fellowship, American-Scandinavian Foundation, 2018-2019
  • Travel Award, University of Washington Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation (GSFEI), 2017
  • Scan|Design Summer Scholarship, Scan|Design Foundation, 2017
  • Danish Summer Language Scholarship, Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, 2017
  • Top Scholar Award, University of Washington Graduate School, 2016
  • Travel Scholarship, University of the Faroe Islands, 2016
  • Robert Maynard Hutchins Scholarship, Shimer College, 2008-2013
  • Speedwell Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship, AFS Intercultural Programs, 2007

Service
  • Graduate Student Representative, UW Scandinavian Studies, 2019-present
  • Collaborator, Multi-Disciplinary Translation Studies Graduate Research Cluster, 2019 – present
  • Member, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, UW Scandinavian Studies, 2016 – present
  • Scandinavian Studies Senator, UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate, 2016 – 2018
  • Committee Member, UW Scandinavian Studies Graduate Student Colloquium, 2016 – 2018
  • Chair, Women and Gender Panel, ACTC Undergraduate Conference, 2013

Languages
  • Speaks: English, Danish, Icelandic
  • Reads: Attic Greek, Faroese, French, Norwegian, Old Icelandic, Swedish

Memberships
  • American Literary Translators Association (ALTA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS)