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Terje I. Leiren

Professor Emeritus
Department of Scandinavian Studies
Adjunct Professor, Department of History
University of Washington, Seattle

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Department of Scandinavian Studies
University of Washington
Box 353420
Seattle, WA 98195-3420

Telephone: (206)543-0645
E-mail: leiren at uw.edu


Welcome to my home page. I am Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Studies and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle. Since retirement in 2017, I teach on an irregular basis, usually duing the Winter Quarter. My continuing areas of research are the Viking age and 19th and 20th century Norwegian history and culture. From 1995 to 2010, I served as the Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies. From 2007 to 2017, I was the inaugural holder of the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies.


My research and publications deal primarily with questions of cultural and social history, including questions of national identity, in 19th and early 20th century Norway and Scandinavian-America. I have published three books: Marcus Thrane: A Norwegian Radical in America; Stage and Screen: Studies in Scandinavian Drama and Film, co-edited with Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams; and The Selected Plays of Marcus Thrane, a translation, with introduction, of six plays written and produced by Thrane in Chicago between 1866 and 1884. A fourth book, a revised edition of The Historical Dictionary of Norway, is in progress and expected to be published in late 2018 or 2019.


Over four decades, I have taught a broad scope of Scandinavian history courses at the University of Washington. These include: History of the Vikings (SCAND/HSTAM 370); History of Scandinavia to 1720 (SCAND 380/HSTEU 380), Scandinavia Since 1720 (SCAND 381/HSTEU 381); and graduate seminars with varying topics: "SCAND 525: Topics in Scandinavian History." Recent topics have included "Travel and Tourism in Scandinavia," "Scandinavia During World War II," and "Biography in Scandinavian History." In additiion, I taught advanced-level courses in Norwegian language and culture.

New Directions in Scandinavian Studies
University of Washington Press Book Series

I served as co-general editor (with Christine Ingebritsen) of a book series with the University of Washington Press - New Directions in Scandinavian Studies,, during which time eleven books were published. The series offers books which present interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of the Nordic region of Scandinavia and the Baltic states and their cultural connections in North America.


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Terje Leiren
Email -- leiren at uw.edu
Web -- http://faculty.washington.edu/leiren/

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