Troy Storfjell

Professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies

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

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Chair of Nordic Studies Program


  • 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

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)

Selected Articles

  • Storfjell, T. "Dancing with the Stállu of Diversity: A Sámi Perspective." New Dimensions of Diversity in the Nordic Region 2016: 114-130.
  • Storfjell, T. "Diversitehta, minoritehta, ja álgoalbmovuohta." Sámis Vol. 19, 2015: 12-15.
  • Storfjell, T. and K. Jernsletten. "Å reke i fjellene. Hamsun fra et (lule)samisk ståsted." Bårjås 2015:
  • Storfjell, T. "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, T. "Worlding and Echoes of America in Markens Grøde." Knut Hamsun: Transgression and Worlding 2011: 189-203.


  • 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


Why do you serve on the Peace Scholars Committee?

Having survived war during my childhood in Beirut, I have a deep commitment to peace. And, as a member of the Indigenous Sámi people, I also understand that social justice and a responsible relationship with Mattaráhkká, or Mother Earth, are foundational necessities for peace. Colonialism, racism, sexism, poverty and environmental degradation are all forms of violence, which means that peace must be something more than the mere absence of war. My commitment to peace is therefore grounded in a commitment to justice, sustainability and a meaningfully democratic coexistence of diverse groups and peoples. In my scholarship I seek to address these topics through the lenses of Indigenist criticism and Indigenous methodologies, while in my teaching I also strive to create empowering, democratic classrooms that are student-centered and that enable students to take control of their own lives as they work towards peace through diversity, justice and sustainability.

Professional information

Troy Storfjell (Sámi) specializes in Sámi and Indigenous studies, where his work is largely guided by Indigenist criticism and the emerging approach of Indigenous 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.