Executive

Natalie Van Deusen, President; Book Review Editor, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies

Natalie Van Deusen is the inaugural Henry Cabot and Linnea Lodge Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Alberta, where she teaches a variety of courses on Scandinavian language, literature, and culture. Her research interests include Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic paleography and philology, manuscript culture, hagiography, disability studies, and gender studies. She also serves as Book Review Editor for Scandinavian-Canadian Studies/Études scandinaves au Canada.

Email: vandeuse@ualberta.ca

Christopher Crocker, Vice President and Program Chair

Christopher Crocker is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Iceland. He has also worked as an instructor at both the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. His research interests include disability, emotions, gender and sexuality, and paranormal experiences in the medieval Icelandic sagas and Norse medievalism in modern Icelandic literature and in Canadian culture and history. He has also translated the work of Icelandic poets Jón and Theodóra Thoroddsen and Icelandic-Canadian poet and playwright Guttormur J. Guttormsson.

E-mail: cwe1@hi.is 

John T. Nilson, Treasurer

John Nilson is a retired politician, having served in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for over 20 years. John has held many government posts including Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Minister of Health, and Minister of the Environment. He even served briefly as the Interim Leader for the NDP (2011).  He is a long-standing member of the AASSC.

E-mail: jnilson@sasktel.net

Matthew Etherington, Secretary

Matthew achieved his Ph.D. in the philosophy of education from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia while completing doctoral research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He is presently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada. Matthew is the Director of the "institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives (IIIP). His primary interests are in epistemological inclusion in education, Aboriginal pedagogy, outcomes, assessment and philosophy. 

Email: matthew.etherington@twu.ca

Laurie Prange (Prange-Martin), Webmaster

Laurie Prange (Prange-Martin) (M.Ed., Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2013) is a former academic librarian turned professor at Capilano University who specializes in the management of community services. As a researcher, Prange focuses on human resource management, libraries and regional economic development.

E-mail: laurieprangemartin@capilanou.ca

Helga Thorson, Editor, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies

Helga Thorson is Chair of the Department of Germanic &  Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria. Her research and teaching interests focus on late nineteenth- and early twentieth century literature in Germany, Austria, and Scandinavia; foreign language pedagogy; and Holocaust studies. She began her term as editor of Scandinavian-Canadian Studies in 2014.

Email: scancan@uvic.ca

Christine Ekholst, Member at Large

Christine Ekholst is a historian who researches gender and sexuality in medieval Scandinavia and Europe. She has taught at Carleton University and the University of Guelph in Canada. She is currently a research fellow at the Department of History at Uppsala University and will take up an assistant professorship there starting January 2018.

Email: christine.ekholst@gmail.com

Amy Poole, Member at Large & Assistant Webmaster

Amy Poole is an independent researcher and writer on medieval Icelandic topics, with a focus on gender and magic in sagas. In her spare time, Amy also enjoys writing scholarly book reviews for works on a variety of Scandinavian topics. She earned her M.A in History in June 2018 from the University of Guelph, as well as her B.A. in June 2016 at Brock University. Presently, she is Program Manager for the non-profit arts organization ArtsBuild Ontario.

E-mail: amympoole94@gmail.com 

Ingrid Urberg, Past President

Ingrid Urberg is an Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies on the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta where she teaches a variety of Norwegian language, Scandinavian literature and Scandinavian culture courses.  Her research focuses on personal narratives and polar literature, and this has brought her to Northern Norway, Greenland and Svalbard. She is also working on an oral history project, The Norwegian Immigrant Experience in Alberta.

E-mail: iurberg@ualberta.ca

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