My own student years were spent primarily at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I received my Ph.D.


At UCLA I have been responsible for Norwegian, the language of my fathers, as well as literature and culture courses, graduate and undergraduate, in 19th, 20th, and 21st century Scandinavia, and in the craft of writing, the pearl in the oyster of my literary studies.




  • “A House of Mourning: Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne.” Scandinavian Studies, No. 1, 1997.
  • “The Stockmann Coup: Ibsen, McKellan, Nunn.” Western European Stages, Fall, 1998.
  • “Suicide and Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. The Seen and the Unseen, Sight and Site, in the Theater of the Mind.” Scandinavian Studies. No. 1, 1999.


I am honored to have recently been elected to serve as vice-president and then president of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, our national organization.


Courses Taught

Scandinavian 11-15: Norwegian Language
Scandinavian 50: Introduction to Scandinavian Literature
Scandinavian 50W: Introduction to Scandinavian Literature (Writing 2)
Scandinavian C144: Ibsen
Scandinavian C147: Hamsun
Scandinavian CM186: Voices of Women in Scandinavian Literature