- 2011-present: Guest Researcher, Department for
Culture and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education,
University of Tromsø
- 2009-present: Associate Professor of Norwegian and
Scandinavian Studies, Department of Languages and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran
University, Tacoma, Washington
- 2008-2011: Chair, Scandinavian Area Studies Program, Pacific
- 2005-2009: Assistant Professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian
Studies, Department of Languages and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran University
- 2003-2005: Instructor of Scandinavian, Department of Germanic and
Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado, Boulder
- 1999-2003: Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
(Norwegian), Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Augustana College, Sioux Falls,
- 1998: Visiting Lecturer, Department of
Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington, Seattle
- 1998: Lecturer, Department of Scandinavian
Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- 1996-1997: Teaching Assistant, Department of Scandinavian
Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Ph.D. 2001 University of Wisconsin-Madison. Degree
in Scandinavian Studies (Literature); Ph.D. Minor in Comparative Literature;
Dissertation: Colonial Palimpsest:
Tracing Inscriptions of Sápmi and the Sámi. Dissertation advisor Thomas A.
- Graduate research in Nordic and Sámi Studies,
University of Tromsø (Norway) 1995-1997.
- M.A. 1995 University of Wisconsin-Madison. Degree
in Scandinavian Studies (Literature).
- Grunnfag i nordisk 1994 Universitetet i Tromsø
- B.A. 1989 Andrews University (Berrien Springs,
Michigan). Majors in History and German, minor in Journalism.
II 1985 Seminar Schloß Bogenhofen (St. Peter am Hart, Austria). Certificate in
- Forthcoming: “Worlding.” History of Nordic Literary Cultures. Vol. II. Thomas A. DuBois and Mark
Sandberg, Eds., International Comparative Literature Association.
- “From the Mountaintops to Writing: Traditional
Knowledge and Colonial Forms in Turi’s Hybrid Text.” Scandinavian Studies: The Journal of the Society for the Advancement of
Scandinavian Study. Vol. 83, No. 4 (Winter 2011). 573-590.
and Echoes of America in Markens Grøde.”
Knut Hamsun: Transgression and Worlding.
Elisabeth Oxfeldt, Ellen Rees and Ylva Frøjd, Eds., Trondheim: Acta Nordica: Studier i
språk- og litteraturvitenskap, 2011. 189-203.
- “A Nexus of Contradictions: Toward an
Ethical Reading of Growth of the Soil.”
Hamsun i Tromsø V: Rapport fra den 5. internasjonale
Hamsun-konferansen. Ed. Even Arntzen, Nils M. Knutsen and Henning H.
Wærp. Hamarøy: Hamsun Selskap, 2011. 243-253.
Authenticity: America in Markens grøde.”
Nordlit: Journal of Literature and
Culture. Nr. 25 (December 2009). 273-289.
- “Jon Fosse,” Twentieth
Century Norwegian Writers. Tanya Thresher, Ed. Dictionary of Literary
Biography. Colombia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2004. 95-101.
- “Mapping a
Space for Sámi Studies in North America,” Scandinavian
Studies: The Journal of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.
Vol. 75, No. 2. (Summer 2003). 153-164.
- “Samene i Markens
grødes kartlegging av en (umulig) idyll”. Hamsun i Tromsø III: Rapport fra den 3. internasjonale
Hamsun-konferansen: “Tid og rom i Hamsuns prosa”. Even Arntzen, Henning H.
Wærp, Eds., Hamarøy: Hamsun Selskap, 2003. 95-112.
- Solicited: “Joik and
the Autonomous Subject in Nature (Biocentricity 1790s).” History
of Nordic Literary Cultures. Vol. I. John Lindow and Tim Tangherlini, Eds.,
International Comparative Literature Association. October 2011.
“Colonial Discourse, the Sámi, and the Power of Representation.” L’Image du Sápmi. Vol. II. Kajsa
Andersson, ed., Örebro: Humanistica Oerebroensia. Arte et linguae 16.
- Solicited: “The
Sami Voice in Vinterbo-Hohr's Palimpsest.” Sami and Indigenous Aestetics: Beauty,
Strength and Continuity. Harald Gaski, Ed., Sámi academica.
Kárášjohka: ČálliidLágádus, November 2012.
- Solicited: “Jumping off the bandwagon:
“Orientalsche” Sámi and a recovery of Edward Said’s Orientalism.” Henrik Johnsson, ed. Scandinavian Orientalism. Universitetet I Århus.
- Translation of Palimpsest
by Aagot Vinterbo-Hohr. Prose-poem/novel originally published in Norway in 1987
by Davvi media os. Translation rights owned by Cappelen, Oslo.
on place in Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde,
Matti Aikio’s Bygda på elveneset
and Johan Turi’s Muitalus sámiid birra.
Scholarly Papers and Presentations
- “The Thief and the Storyteller: Sámi
Knowledge in the Twenty First Century.” Gustavus Adolphus College Circumpolar Indigenous Peoples
Day: December, 2011
- “A Nexus of Contradictions: Yet Another
Reading of Growth of the Soil.” Den 5.
internasjonale Hamsun-konferanse i Tromsø, September 2011.
- “After Postcolonialism? Re-Reading the Sámi
Colonial Archive.” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, (Chicago)
- “Worlded and Worlding: Contested Deployments of
Colonialist Inscription in Blixen, Hamsun, Ngugi and Aikio.” Society for the Advancement
of Scandinavian Study (Seattle) April 2010.
- “The Yankee and the Jew: America in Hamsun’s Markens grøde.” Society for the
Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Madison) April 2009.
- “Burning Shamans: Sámi Noaidevuohta and the Christian Imagination.” Pacific Northwest
Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Tacoma) April 2009.
- “Inscribing a Globalized Landscape in the Sámi Road
Movie Bázo.” GSLL Symposium
“Constructing Nation: From Modernity to the New Millennium,” (Boulder) March
- “The Farmer, the Herder, and the Contested Ideology
of Racial Progress in Hamsun and Aikio.” American Comparative Literature
Association (Cambridge, Mass.) March 2009.
- “A newe and strange nauigation”: Arctic Ambivalence
and the Mapping of Europe.” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
(Fairbanks) March 2008.
opprøret and the Struggle for Memory.” Modern Languages Association
(Chicago) December 2007.
- “The Return of the Repressed Savage in Henrik
Pontoppidan’s Isbjørnen (1887).”
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Rock Island, Illinois) April
- “Wild at Heart:
Civilization and Savagery in Pontoppidan’s Isbjørnen.”
Northwest Symposium, University of Oregon, March 2007.
- “Walk Like a Man: Performing Masculinity in Bázo’s Globalized Northern Landscape.”
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Oxford, Mississippi) May
- “Ambivalence, Savagery, and the Other Within.”
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Portland, Oregon) May 2005.
- “What’s In a Travel Brochure? Thoughts on
Commodification, National Bricolage, and Ethnic Stereotypes.” Department of
Langauges and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran University, March 2005.
- “Worlding the Critic: Thoughts
on the Problematic Role of the Anti-Imperialist Scholar.” English and Languages
and Literature Colloquium, Citizens of the World: Diaspora, Exile, and the City
(University of Denver) April 2005.
- “The Roadless Road Movie and
National Allegory: Jacob Grønlykke’s Lysets
hjerte.” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Redondo Beach,
California) April 2004.
- (Invited) “Samene i Marken grødes kartlegging av en (umulig)
idyll," Den 3. internasjonale Hamsun-konferanse i Tromsø, – Tid og rom i
Hamsuns forfatterskap, September 2003.
- “Aikio, Turi, and the Contest
Over Sámi Literary Space,” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
(Minneapolis) May 2003.
- “Beyond the Pale: Constructions
of the Arctic in Three Mystery Novels by Peter Høeg, Kerstin Ekman, and Robin
A. White,” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Salt Lake City)
- “Mapping a Space for Sámi
Studies,” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (Chicago) April
- “Clash of the Would-Be Titans:
Ari Behn, Tore Renberg, and “Formalism’ in Contemporary Norwegian Literature,”
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (Madison, Wisconsin) May
- “The Reflection in the Window: Ethnography Questioned in Laila Stien’s Vekselsang,” Society for the Advancement
of Scandinavian Study (Seattle) May
- “Linnæus in Lapland: The Enlightenment Classification of
Sámiland,” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Tempe, Arizona)
- “On the
Periphery of Paradise: The Sámi in Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde.” Association for the Advancement of Scandinavian
Studies in Canada (St. John’s, Newfoundland) June 1997.
- “To Make a
Sacred Drum: Aesthetic Distancing and the Fractured Subject in Ailo Gaup’s Natten mellom dagene,” Association for
the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies in Canada (Montreal) June 1995.
Selected Panels and Conference Sessions
- Chair: “Postcolonial Imagination and Nordic
Cinema,” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Seattle) April
- Panel co-organizer, member, and co-chair with
Ursula Lindqvist (CU Boulder) and Marianne Stecher-Hansen (UW Seattle):
Roundtable on Nordic Colonialism and Postcolonial Studies, Society for the
Advancement of Scandinavian Study (Fairbanks) March 2008.
- Panel member: “Translating and Transmitting
Cultures: Rivers to Cross and Bridges to Build,” Society for the Advancement of
Scandinavian Study (Seattle) May 1999.
- Chaired many conference sessions on film,
postcolonial and Sámi studies at SASS conferences from 1999 to present.
Selected Guest Lectures
- “Skriftbilder i ikke-samisk litteratur,” in SVF
2001 Samisk kulturkunskap II. Senter for samiske studier, Universitetet i
Tromsø. February 2012.
- “Postcolonial Criticism and the Indigenous
Scholar,” in HIF 8025/8026: Indigenous Methodology. PhD Forskerkurs,
Universitetet i Tromsø. January 2011.
- “Sámi Yoik
and the Ethnographic Encounter.” In Scandinavian C171/C271 Scandinavian
Folklore. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Kendra Wilson.
- “The Sámi,” in SCAND 100: Introduction to
Scandinavian Culture. University of Washington, Seattle, Professor Andrew
Nestingen. June 2006.
Sámi: Aboriginal People of Arctic Europe.” Presentation to Smith Hall
International Program, University of Colorado, Boulder. November 2004.
Folklore and Identity in The Pathfinder,”
in Scandinavian Folklore, University of Washington, Lecturer Guntis Šmidchens.
- “The Sámi: Scandinavia’s Indigenous Minority,” in
Scandinavian Life and Civilization, University of Wisconsin – Madison,
Professor Tanya Thresher, May, 1998,
and Professor Niels Ingwersen. May
Hamsun’s Reactionary Tendencies and Markens
grøde,” in Knut Hamsun and the 20th Century Norwegian Novel, University of
Wisconsin—Madison, Professor Tanya Thresher. November 1997.
- “Sámi Pre-Christian Religion: Gods, Drums, Yoiks, and Heroes,” in
Scandinavian Mythology, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Lecturer Anne-Marie
Andreasson, December, 1996.
- Various guest lectures in
Norwegian, Swedish and German language classes at the University of
Wisconsin—Madison and Pacific Lutheran University.
* indicates course that I developed
Pacific Lutheran University
- NORW 101, 102 Elementary
- NORW 201, 202 Intermediate
- NORW 301 Composition and Conversation:
- NORW 302 Advanced Composition and Conversation:
of Seeing the Arctic North
*Nordic Indigenous People:
Representations of the Sámi in Literature and Film
- SCAN 190
First Year Inquiry Seminar
- Introduction to Scandinavia
*Visual Pleasures: Movies, Identities and Ways of
- SCAN 321 Topics in Scandinavian
Culture and Society:
*Sámi Life and Culture
- SCAN/POLS 322 Scandinavia and World Issues
- SCAN/HIST 327 The Vikings
- *SCAN 422 Modernity and Its Discontents
- IHON 112/190 Origins of the Contemporary World II:
Liberty and Power
- INTC 244 Postcolonial Issues
- CHSP/CLAS/FREN/GERM/NORW/SCAN 499 Capstone: Senior
- LANG 271 Literature Around the
World: *Beyond Bilbo: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Sources for The Lord of the Rings
- WRIT 101
- *The Red Pill or the Blue One?
Critical Citizenship and Hegemony
*Mermaid’s Feet and Devil’s Mirror: Sexuality and
Subversion in H. C. Andersen
- ENVT 495 Internship: Organic Farming in Norway and
Idaho (internship supervision)
- NORW 491 Advanced Norwegian (independent study)
- NORW 499 Capstone: Senior Project (independent
- SCAN 321 IS: Environmental Urban Planning
- SCAN 499 Capstone: Senior Project (independent
University of Colorado
- NORW 1010, 1020 Beginning
Norwegian 1 and 2
- NORW 2110, 2120 Second Year Norwegian Reading and
Conversation 1 and 2
- SCAN 2201 Introduction to Modern Scandinavian
Culture and Society
- SCAN 3202 Old Norse Mythology
- SCAN 3203 Masterpieces of Modern Scandinavian
- *SCAN 3206 Nordic Colonialism
- SCAN 3209 Contemporary Nordic Literature and Film
- SCAN 2900 Independent Study: *Faroese Literature in
a Nordic Context
- COML 5840 Independent Study: *Arctic Mythology,
Shamanism, and Christianization
- COML 5840 Independent Study: *Representations of
Femininity in Literature, Culture, and Theory
- COML 5840 Independent Study: *Nordic Colonialism
and Postcolonial Theory
- COML 6840 Independent Study: *Translation and
5900 Independent Study: *Nordic Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory
150, 151 Introduction to Norwegian I and II
- MDFL 250, 251 Intermediate
Norwegian I and II
- MDFL 350 Norwegian
Conversation and Composition
- MDFL 197/297 Topics: *The
- MDFL 197/397 Topics:
*Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature
- MDFL/GENL 297 Topics: *Peoples and Politics of the
- MDFL/ENGL 297 Topics: *Ibsen and His Contemporaries
- *MDFL 356 Sámi Culture and Literature
- MDFL/ENGL 397 Topics: *European Decadence
- ENGL 380 Seminar in Literary Criticism and Theory
- MDFL 197 Topics: *Winter Sports and Norwegian
National Identity (Independent Study)
- MDFL 397 Topics: *Women in Nordic Literature
University of Washington
Scand 490 Special Topics: *Sámi
Life and Culture
University of Wisconsin
- Norwegian 101, 102 Beginning
Norwegian 1 and 2
Trans. 312 Native Other, Native Self: The Sámi in Literature
Thesis and Doctoral Committees
- Administrator, Dissertation Committee for Kikki
Jernsletten, Sámi Studies, University of Tromsø, 2011-2012; dissertation The Hidden Children of Eve: Sámi Poetics:
Guovtti ilmmi gaskkas.
- Member, Dissertation Committee for Suzanne Martin,
Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2007-2011;
människor har sin berättelse”: Interculturalism, Intermediality and the Trope
of Testimony in Novels by Ekman, Ørstavik and Petersen.
- Member, Dissertation Committee for Jennifer Skadi
Snook, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005-2008;
dissertation On Being Heathen:
Negotiating Identity in a New Religious Movement defended April 2008.
- Member, Masters Thesis Committee for Shelly
Leavens, Department of Museology, University of Washington, Seattle, 2006-2008.
- Member, Doctoral Exam Committee for Donna Stockton,
Department of Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder,
- Member, Honors Thesis Committee for Alyssa Piccini,
Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005.
Fellowships, Grants and Awards
- NORTANA Travel Grant, The Royal Norwegian
Foreign Ministry, Summer 2011.
- NORTANA Housing Grant, The Norwegian
Researchers and Teachers Association of North America, Summer and Fall 2011.
- Teaching Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning,
Pacific Lutheran University, for Ethnic Studies Working Group: Curricular
Conversations Workshop, with Melannie Cunningham, Spring 2010.
- Faculty-Student Research Grant, Scandinavian
Cultural Center, Pacific Lutheran University for “Sustainability and Urban
Planning in Malmö, Sweden” with student Emma Kane, Fall 2009 and Spring 2010.
- Kelmer Roe Grant, Humanities Division, Pacific
Lutheran University, for “Selling Wind: Sámi as Witches and Witches as Sámi in
Northern European Religious Imagination,” joint project with Kathi Breazeale
and Britta Helm, Fall 2007-Spring 2008.
- Regency Advancement Award, Provost’s Office,
Pacific Lutheran University, for work oncolonial discourse and the Sámi. Summer
of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching (IMPART)
Awards Program Grant, Office of Diversity and Equity, University of Colorado,
Fund for Excellence Grant, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2003, 2004, 2005.
- International Studies Travel Grant, Augustana
College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2000.
Borealis Prize, Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies, for best
graduate student paper on literature at 1998 Annual Conference, presented
- Research Fellowship, Department
of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997-1998.
- Vilas Travel Grant, University
of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997, 2001.
- Vilas Fellowship, University of
- Torgeir Thompsen Fellowship,
Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993-1994, 1995-1996.
Pacific Lutheran University
- Chair, Ethnic Studies Working
Group, Pacific Lutheran University. 2009-2011
- Member, Hong International Hall
Working Group, Department of Languages and Literatures, 2008-present.
- Member, Environmental Studies
- Member, Global Studies
- Fulbright Program Adviser,
- Member, Sustainability
- Member, International Core
Committee (after 2007 the International Honors/International Core Committee),
- Member, Scandinavian Area
Studies Committee, 2005-present.
- Member, Scandinavian Cultural
Center Council Executive Board, 2005-present.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Faculty Steering Committee, Center for the Study of Human Culture and the
Executive Committee of Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and
Literatures (GSLL), 2004-2005.
Ad Hoc Committee to Revise German Curriculum, GSLL, 2004.
Fulbright Recommendation Committee, 2004.
- Member, Curriculum Council,
- Faculty Parliamentarian, 2001-2002.
- Member, International Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Member, Curriculum Committee,
Department of Scandinavian Studies, 1997-1998.
Service to the Profession
- Internal Sensor, HIF 8026: Indigenous Methodology,
Department for Culture and Literature, University of Tromsø, 2011.
- Vice President, PLU Chapter of
the American Association of University Professors, 2009-2011.
- Member, Editorial Board of Nordlit: Journal for Literature and Culture.
Faculty of Humanities, University of Tromsø, Norway. 2008-present.
- Member, Ibsen Society of America
- Member of the Advisory Board,
Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), 2004-2008.
- Webmaster and Member of Executive
Board, Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association of North America
NorTANA Ad-Hoc Committee on Changes to the By-Laws, Charter and Name,
Service to the Community
- 1. Vara
til styret (First Substitute Board Member), Romssa Sámi Searvi/Tromsø
sameforening (Tromsø Sámi Association) —NSR, 2012-present.
Washington Educators for Social Justice (state chapter of National Association
for Multicultural Education), 2008-2009.
South Dakota Peace and Justice Center, 2001-2003.
Leader for Sioux Falls, Knowing the World Through Reading, South Dakota
Humanities Council, 2001-2003.
organizing committee (and project co-leader for Vaajase newspaper), Fourth World Indigenous Youth Conference,
Bidtje Spidtjes (Vålådalen) Sweden, 1996.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Modern Languages Association
- American Comparative Literature Association
- American Association of University Professors
- Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
- Ibsen Society of America
- Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association of
- English, native proficiency
- Norwegian, near-native proficiency
- German, advanced proficiency
- Swedish and Danish, advanced reading and listening
- Old Norse, reading proficiency
- North Sámi, introductory proficiency
also taken university-level courses in Spanish and French