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Daron W. Olson

Assistant Professor of History
Tom Raper Hall 254
(765) 973-8475


  • Ph. D. Modern European History, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006
  • M.A. History, University of North Dakota, 1993
  • B.A. History, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1986

Current Research Interests

Transnational Modern European Identity, Nationalism, Modern Scandinavia, European Cultural and Intellectual History, Migration

Selected Publications

  • Building a Greater Norway: Emigration and the Creation of Transnational Identities in America and Norway, 1860-1945. University of Minnesota Press. (In press).
  • "Norwegian-American Historians and the Creation of an Ethnic Identity." Scandinavian Studies (Spring 2007): 41-56.
  • "'In Foreign Waters?' The Urban Side of the Midwestern Norwegian-American Identity, 1890-1940." In The Urban Plains: Papers of the Thirty-eighth Annual Dakota Conference on Northern Plains History, Art, Literature, and Archaeology, 131-142. Sioux Falls, SD: Center for Western Studies, 2006.

Selected Previous Employment Positions

  • Lecturer, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2007-2009
  • Adjunct Professor, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2006-2007
  • Research Intern, Illinois Regional Archive Depository, Carbondale, IL, 2002-2003
  • Research Associate, University of North Dakota Rural Health Research Center, 1992-1993

Selected Academic Awards

  • Indiana University East Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2011
  • Norwegian Marshall Fund Research Scholarship, 2003-2004
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1997-1998
  • Norwegian Information Service Research Grant, 1991