Valerie Hansen
Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University

Valerie Hansen is Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale University in Connecticut. Her books include The Silk Road: A New History (2012), The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600 (2nd edition, 2015) and The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World – and Globalization Began (2020).

Written by Valerie Hansen

Detail of ‘Siege of the City’ by Jean Charlot, watercolour of a fresco at Chichén Itzá. The Maya mural from the Las Monjas building clearly shows a ship with the distinct wooden planks of a Viking boat © Jean Charlot/Artists Rights Society [ARS]; Copyright Agency, 2020

Essay/
Global history
Vikings in America

Centuries before Columbus, Vikings came to the Western hemisphere. How far into the Americas did they travel?

Valerie Hansen