Karl E. H. Seigfried is Adjunct Professor and Pagan Chaplain at Illinois Institute of Technology, Seminar Faculty at Newberry Library, and goði (priest) of Thor’s Oak Kindred, an inclusive organization dedicated to the practice of the Ásatrú religion in Chicago.
At the University of Chicago, Karl was President of Interfaith Dialogue and served on the Spiritual Life Council, the advisory board for the Spiritual Life Office. He has also taught Norse mythology at Loyola University Chicago and Norse religion at Carthage College.
Karl’s website, The Norse Mythology Blog, was named the world’s Best Religion Weblog in 2012, 2013 and 2014. His writing on mythology and religion has been broadcast on the BBC and published in Herdfeuer (Germany), Iceland Magazine, Interfaith Ramadan (Italy), MythNow (Joseph Campbell Foundation), On Religion (UK), Religion and Ethics (Australia) and Reykjavík Grapevine (Iceland).
Karl wrote all Ásatrú definitions in the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Stylebook and was co-author of the Heathen Resource Guide for Chaplains written for the U.S. Department of Defense. He wrote the first piece by a practitioner of Ásatrú published in Sightings of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School and has had two articles on Hinduism published in the Journal of the Oriental Institute (India).
Forthcoming publications include “Children of Heimdall: Ásatrú Ideas of Ancestry” in Revisionism and Diversification in New Religious Movements, Vol. 2 (Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements, Routledge) and “Ásatrú and Hindu: From Prophecy to Dialogue” in Learinging from Other Religious Traditions: Leaving Room for Holy Envy (Palgrave Macmillan).
After receiving an academic scholarship in 2014 and earning an MA in 2017, Karl is now the first practitioner of Ásatrú to hold a graduate degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He also holds degrees in literature and music from University of California at San Diego, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and University of Texas at Austin. He studied literature and art history at Loyola University Chicago Rome Center in Italy and has taken Icelandic language courses through University of Iceland’s distance learning program.