ABOUT ME

I am a postdoc at the Scandinavian Department at University of California, Berkeley. Contact me at kkb@berkeley.edu.


My research focuses on sociolinguistics and socioonomastics - on how we use language and names. Language (including the words we use about ourselves and others: names) contains information about who we are, who we want to be, and our society. I am interested in the ways in which names, and language in general, reflect us as humans - and are also used to build narratives about ourselves.


Currently, I am working on the Surname Project, which focuses on surname usage in families today. The project is supported by the Carlsberg Foundation.

In my PhD project, I have examined which factors are important for parents in Denmark when choosing first names for their children as well as the degree of social differences in name choices.