Luke John Murphy

About Me


I’m Research Associate in Historical Linguistics at the University of Leicester, where I'm working on a book about religious sacrifice during the first millennium CE in the British Isles. This is part of the AHRC-funded Easter E.g. project, which is investigating how historical societies have reacted to new things – particularly “invasive” animals and religion.

I’ve previously worked at the University of Stockholm as a prize-winning Postdoctoral Fellow, and the University of Iceland as an External Lecturer, as well as having studied in the UK, Denmark, and Iceland. My research is focused on pre-Christian religion and ritual in western and northern Europe, Scandinavian mythology, and the arrival of Christianity in pagan societies.

Outside of work, I’m into science fiction novels, British politics, and the occasional whiskey.