Troy Storfjell

Professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies

Office Location: Hauge Administration Building - 227-F

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Scandinavian Studies (Literature), University of Wisconsin, 2001
  • M.A., Scandinavian Studies (Literature), University of Wisconsin, 1995
  • Grunnfag, Nordic Studies, University of Tromsø (Norway), 1994
  • B.A., History & German, Andrews University, 1989

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Sámi studies
  • Indigenous studies
  • Nordic literature and film


Council Member, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). 2017 to present.

Selected Presentations

  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, These songs of freedom: Matti Aikio, Aagot Vinterbo-Hohr and the aesthetics of Sámi literary survivance, University of Hawai'i, Manoa (May 2016)
  • Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Unraveling the Master’s Voice: Matti Aikio’s Subversive Turn, New Orleans (May 2016)
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, A Fistful of Stállus: Resisting Neo-Colonialism in the Era of Diversity, Washington, D. C. (June 2015)

Selected Articles

  • Storfjell, Troy. "Sannhet og forsoning i en samisk gjenlesning av Markens grøde." Bårjås 2018: 114-118.
  • Jernsletten, Kikki and Troy Storfjell. "Re-Reading Knut Hamsun in Collaboration with Place in Lule Sámi Nordlándda." Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the Age of Polar Exploration to the Era of the Anthropocene 2017: 87-106.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "Dancing with the Stállu of Diversity: A Sámi Perspective." New Dimensions of Diversity in the Nordic Region 2016: 114-130.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "Diversitehta, minoritehta, ja álgoalbmovuohta." Sámis Vol. 19, 2015: 12-15.
  • Storfjell, Troy and Kikki Jernsletten. "Å reke i fjellene. Hamsun fra et (lule)samisk ståsted." Bårjås 2015: 18-30.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "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, 2011: 573-590.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "Worlding and Echoes of America in Markens Grøde." Knut Hamsun: Transgression and Worlding 2011: 189-203.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "A Nexus of Contradictions: Toward an Ethical Reading of Growth of the Soil." Hamsun i Tromsø V: Rapport fra den 5. internasjonale Hamsun-konferansen 2011: 243-253.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "Borrowed Authenticity: America in Markens grøde." Nordlit: Journal of Literature and Culture Vol. 25, 2009: 273-289.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "Mapping a Space for Sámi Studies in North America." Scandinavian Studies Vol. 75, 2003: 153-164.
  • Storfjell, Troy. "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 2003: 95-112.


  • Spirit of Diversity Award, Diversity Center, Pacific Lutheran University, 2019
  • Karen Hille Phillips Regency Advancement Award for “Čájet Sámi Voigŋa–The Pedagogy of Sámi Place,” a pedagogical research project in Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish Sápmi, Summer 2016
  • Kelmer Roe Grant, Humanities Division, Pacific Lutheran University, for “Language Revitalization and Critical Indigenous Pedagogy,” joint project with Suzanne Crawford O’Brien and Kelly Hall, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
  • 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

Professional Memberships/Organizations


Troy Storfjell (Sámi) specializes in Sámi and Indigenous studies, where his work is largely guided by Indigenist criticism and decolonize methodologies. In his scholarship Troy works to create a place for Indigenous intellectual and philosophical traditions within the academy, bringing Sámi ways of knowing to bear on such topics as settler colonial literature, multicultural diversity and trans-Indigenous film studies. In his teaching Troy strives for a student-centered approach and for classrooms that can become collaborative learning communities. He teaches in Norwegian and Scandinavian Area Studies, as well as in Environmental Studies, Global Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Before coming to PLU in 2005, Troy taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, at Augustana College (Sioux Falls), at the University of Washington and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned his masters and doctoral degrees.