Dr. Lizanne Henderson is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies, where she teaches History, Tourism, and Human-Animal Studies. Much of her research is on the Scottish witch-hunts, supernatural belief traditions, Arctic studies, wildlife tourism, and human-animal studies. She is currently working on a project called Picturing Polar Bears: Past and Present Semiotic and Iconic Perceptions of Ursus maritimus. Her most recent monograph, Witchcraft and Folk Belief in the Age of Enlightenment: Scotland, 1670-1740 was winner of the Katharine Briggs Book Award 2016, and she is currently preparing her next monograph (Super)natural Animals in the Age of the Stewarts.
Born in Toronto, Lizanne now lives in southwest Scotland. She obtained her BA (Double Honours in History and Fine Art) from University of Guelph, Ontario, an MA (Folklore) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, and a PhD (History) from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She has appeared on radio and television and is widely published. Her books include Scottish Fairy Belief: A History(2001; 2011); Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture(2009); and A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland 1000 to 1600(2011). When not engaged in academic pursuits, Lizanne is a keen artist and photographer and particularly enjoys landscapes and wildlife themes.
She has been a lecturer and keynote speaker across Europe, North America, Japan, and the Arctic and spent five weeks as Visiting International Scholar at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She also spent three weeks volunteering on a wildlife conservation project at the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kenya. Lizanne has over twenty years experience on expedition ships throughout the UK, north Atlantic, and Arctic regions; she never tires of exploring our beautiful and amazing world.