Terje Leiren teaches the history and cultures of Scandinavia. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of Norway in the modern period and on Scandinavian life in America.
Division: Europe--Medieval to Modern Times*
Students working with Professor Leiren may prepare a field in modern Scandinavian history, including political, social, or cultural topics. Topics may focus on a single Scandinavian/Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) or examine two or more countries in a comparative context. Topics may include nationalism and national identity, social and political developments, the welfare state, emigration, and the roles of small nations. Depending on the specific topic of study chosen, the ability to work with one or more of the Scandinavian/Nordic languages may be required.
Division: Comparative History (Comparative Ethnicity & Nationalism)**
A field in Comparative Ethnicity and Nationalism with Professor Leiren emphasizes the development of nationalism and national identity in Scandinavia. The development of national myths and literatures along with the formal codification of languages are possible topics in this field. Within a sub-field in Scandinavian-American history, ethnicity and immigrant culture may be examined within the context of issues of whiteness, power, or ethnic identity.
*Adjunct faculty do not normally supervise first fields.
**Students may not offer a field in the Comparative History division as a first field.