Willerslev earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge (2003) and his MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester (1996). Since 2007, Willerslev has been the editor of Acta Borealia: Nordic Journal of Circumpolar Societies. His main field of research has been hunting and spiritual knowledge among Siberia’s indigenous peoples. In 2007, his monograph Soul Hunters: Hunting, Animism and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs was published by University of California Press, Berkeley and his new monograph On the Run in Siberia is published by University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis in 2012. From 2008-2011, he was Head of the Ethnographic Collections at Moesgaard Museum. He is currently leader of a 4-year interdisciplinary research project funded by the Danish Research Council, exploring the relationship between death, materiality and time.