Assistant Professor, Aarhus University
I specialize in the history of early modern police and policing with an emphasis on the political and social roles of the police. I am especially interested in the influence of communities and “ordinary people” on the creation of the police in the early modern period. In my current research project I investigate the making of Copenhagen police 1682-1814. The police was not established to fight crime, but to enforce a set of police ordinances aimed at increasing the general welfare. However, from the very beginning the police became involved the investigation and prevention of crimes. How and why this happened is among the questions, my research project is trying to answer. My current research is related to my previous research on political culture and policing in provincial towns during Danish absolutism.