Docent and Research Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities investigating the portrayal of Muslims and Jews in medieval texts in Danish and Swedish.
Matariki Fellow (Medieval and Early Modern Thought and Affect) at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Western Australia, spring 2016 (3 months).
Guest Researcher at the Arnamagnæan Institute, Department of Nordic Research, University of Copenhagen, 2014–2015 (1 February).
Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 2013.
Researcher for at the Department of Scandinavian Languages, Uppsala University, since 2012.
Senior Editor and researcher at the Society for Danish Language and Literature, Copenhagen, 2006-2012.
Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, University of Nottingham, 2004-2006.
Editor and researcher at the Society for Danish Language and Literature, Copenhagen, 2003-2005.
Research Assistant at the Arnamagnæan Institute, Scandinavian Studies Research Institute, University of Copenhagen, 2003-2005.
Lecturer in Danish and Scandinavian Studies, University of Hull, 1995-2003.
Language contact and mixture in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages.
Textual scholarship, material philology and electronic text editing of manuscripts and early books.
Historical linguistics and dialectology (mainland Scandinavia)
Medieval sermons and preaching.
Medieval concepts of ethnic identity and Otherness.
Muslim-Jewish-Christian relations in the Middle Ages.
Ongoing research projects
Muslims and Jews in Medieval Scandinavian Texts. Financed 1 March 2012 - 28 February 2017 by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Still in operation.
Publications currently under preparation
Jonathan Adams and Cordelia Heß, eds. Revealing the Secrets of the Jews: Johannes Pfefferkorn and Christian Writings about Jewish Life and Literature in Early Modern Europe (De Gruyter; forthcoming ).
Jonathan Adams and Cordelia Heß, eds. Jew-Hatred from the Middle Ages to the Present Day: Change and Continuity (Francis & Taylor; forthcoming ).
Jonathan Adams, The Poet of Mauriceville: Lars Andersen Schow — A biography of the nineteenth-century Danish immigrant to New Zealand and an edition of his works: memoirs, poems, songs, short stories, and political and religious writings.
University of Hull: Danish language (modern), Old Danish and Swedish language and literature, Old Icelandic, Scandinavian language history, Viking-Age history.
Past research projects
Diplomatarium Danicum, together with Markus Hedemann, Anders Leegaard Knudsen, Thomas Hansen and Mogens Devantier. 2008-2011.
Renæssancens Sprog i Danmark, together with Peter Zeeberg. 2006-2009.
An English Dictionary of Runic Inscriptions in the Younger Futhark, together with Judith Jesch and Ian Richardson. 2004-2006.
Studér Middelalder på Nettet, together with Ebba Hjorth, Marita Akhøj Nielsen, Merete K. Jørgensen and Simon Skovgaard. 2003-2005.
Electronic Manuscript Cataloguing at the Arnamagnæan Collection, University of Copenhagen, together with Matthew Driscoll. 2003-2005.
Membership in learned societies
The Philological Society, since 2007.
Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab, since 2008.
Det Unge Akademi (Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab), 2011-2015.
Co-editor of Medieval Sermon Studies, together with Ralf Lützelschwab since 2010.
Honorary Research Associate, University College London since 2012.
External examiner (próvdómari) for Føroyamálsdeildin, Fróðskaparsetur Føroya, 2013-.
Coordinator of Selskab for østnordisk filologi since 2013.