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Troy Storfjell

Associate Professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies

Troy Storfjell
Hauge Administration Building - Room 220-F
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Chair of Scandinavian Area Studies Program


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

Selected Presentations

  • Languages and Literatures Department Colloquium, Reclaiming the Landscape: Indigenizing the Academy at PLU, Pacific Lutheran University (March 2013)
  • European Union Center, Until the Sun Returns: Sámi Cultural Resilience, University of Illinois, Urbana (February 2013)
  • Scandinavian Cultural Center, Scandinavian Colonialism and Sámi Resilience, Pacific Lutheran University (November 2012)


  • 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


Professor Storfjell’s areas of specialization include literary and cultural studies, film, ethnicity, gender, national identity, colonialism and postcolonialism, and critical theory. In particular, he has focused on the indigenous Sámi people, on Nordic colonialisms, and on contemporary Norwegian literature and Nordic film (particularly the Nordic road movie). He approaches these topics from a historical materialist perspective, examining the ways in which material relations and socio-economic systems produce understandings of the world that, in turn, justify and reproduce those very relations. Important to his work is a recognition of the
materiality of language itself, and how language is directly connected to the situations of those who use
it. He taught previously at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Augustana College (Sioux Falls); the University of Washington, Seattle; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned his
masters and doctorate.
~Prism 2006