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We'd love to hear what our former students are up to!  Fill out the alumni update form to send us your news, and tell us if you'd like to be included in our Alumni Profiles section. You can also follow us on LinkedIn and visit our Stay Connected page to learn about other ways to connect with our department.

Alumni News

Alumnus Chris Morris
August 28, 2019
Alumnus Chris Morris will be attending a conference on behalf of the architecture firm, Arkkitehtitoimisto ALA Oy, to join an Urban Lab in Brampton, Ontario in discussing solutions to North American cities in the context of Nordic urbanism and sustainability September 10-12, 2019. Morris will be sitting on a panel... Read more
Guntis Smidchens speaking at Baltic Studies 25th Anniversary event
June 10, 2019
Written by Richard Wiest On April 26, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Studies Program in the department, founders, fund-raisers, former and current students and teachers and an array of other supporters joined the festivities for an interesting and stimulating all-day event led by the program head, our own Prof. Guntis  Šmidchens. The Muse of Nordic Sagas was fleetingly seen to be hovering over the proceedings.  Hence: Eddas both poetic and prosaic- Snorri broadened the... Read more
Andrew Nestingen
October 17, 2018
  The Department of Scandinavian Studies begins an exciting new phase in 2018-19. The department has many new faces, with two new lecturers and four new graduate students. At the same time, our established faculty are innovating in their teaching and bringing out new publications. And we are renewing one of our core strengths: community partnership. We have teamed up with the Nordic Museum to organize the lecture series Scandinavian 30, we are undertaking an alumni stories project about what... Read more
Alumni Story Project Head, Dr. Kimberly Earles
October 15, 2018
Dr. Kimberly Earles will be leading the "Alumni Story Project" during winter 2019. The purpose of the project is to gather stories about Scandinavian Studies alums' lives, their incredible adventures and professional achievements. Today's students want to know, "What did you do with Scandinavian Studies?" "How did it help you?" Help us answer their questions! The department will use material from the alumni story project to recruit and retain new students.     Kim says, "I am very excited about... Read more
grad reception
October 14, 2016
Scandinavian Studies Alumni Reception Connect with fellow alumni, current faculty and graduate students over light hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar. Plus, an appearance from a very special UW guest! Friday, November 4, 20164 to 6 p.m.UW Club | Colleen Room4020 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195 Please Register by October 27. Questions? Contact Tina Swenson... Read more
From Convergence to Conflict: Labor Markets and the Instability of the Euro
May 11, 2016
Professor Alison Johnston graduated from the UW in 2005 with majors in Swedish and economics. Just eleven years later, she has a doctorate from the London School of Economics, is an assistant professor of political science at Oregon State University, and is coming out with her first book. Cornell University Press is publishing her ... Read more
Wade Hollingshaus
March 21, 2016
Wade Hollingshaus spoke on Finnish artist Erkki Kurenniemi on 25 February 2016. Kurenniemi has been a lively and provocative performance artist, musician, composer, filmmaker, early computer prograrmer, and inventor since the 1960s. He has built an archive of his activities and work, which seeks to record the totality of his life. On his 107th birthday, in 2048, Kurennienmi has given... Read more
Mark Mussari
February 22, 2016
Scandinavian Studies Department alum Mark Mussari has published a new book, Danish Modern, with Bloomsbury. Dr. Mussari is an independent scholar, freelance writer, literary translator and consultant living in Tuscon, AZ. Danish Modern explores the development of mid-century modernist design in Denmark from historical, analytical and theoretical... Read more
Special Guests Lola Rogers and Johanna Sinisalo
October 27, 2015
The Department of Scandinavian Studies' Finnish Program celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary the evening of 23 October 2015. Special guests included Finlandia-Prize winning author Johanna Sinisalo and her translator and Finnish-Program alumna Lola Rogers. Attendees included program students and friends, program supporters, Finnish Program board members, program and department faculty, Mr.... Read more
Wade Hollinghaus
July 20, 2015
Scandinavian Studies Department alumnus Wade Hollinghaus (MA, 2000) was appointed chair of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University. We heartily congratulate Wade on his continued success” (Link to Wikipedia page on Wade: