Home Page for

Terje I. Leiren

Professor of Scandinavian Studies
Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies
University of Washington, Seattle

 In Geiranger

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

Telephone: (206) 543-7233 / (206)543-0645
Fax: (206)685-9173
E-mail: leiren at uw.edu


Welcome to my home page. I am Professor of Scandinavian Studies and History at the University of Washington, Seattle. I teach a wide range of courses on Scandinavia with primary emphasis on its history from the Viking Age to the present. My main areas of research are 19th and early 20th century Norwegian history and culture. From 1995 to 2010, I served as the Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies and am proud to be 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. In addition, I have written extensively about, and continue my interest in, the life and work of Sigurd Ibsen, the son of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.


I teach the 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." Finally, I occasionally teach third-year courses in Norwegian language and culture.