NAHA WELCOMES NEW EDITOR
is pleased to name Anna M. Peterson as the Association’s new editor.
For the past decade Anna has been an active scholar in the field of
Norwegian-American history. She currently serves as assistant professor
of history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa — a position she will
keep while she holds the NAHA editorship.
Anna earned a B.A. in Scandinavian Studies at Concordia College,
Moorhead. As an undergraduate, she also studied at Hedmark University
College in Norway. She holds two graduate degrees in history: an M.A.
from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. from Ohio State
University. As an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow 2012–13, Anna
was a visiting scholar at the Center for Gender Research at the
University of Oslo. In 2016 she was the first American historian to
receive an award for the best and most innovative contribution to Historisk Tidsskrift (the Norwegian Journal of History).
Anna has served as a member of the NAHA Board of Directors since 2014.
She also serves as a Luther College liaison to Vesterheim Museum and as
a board member to Nordic Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs
In her role as editor, Anna will oversee the redesign and relaunch of
NAHA’s journal, Norwegian-American Studies, which is anticipated for
the fall of 2019. The roots of the journal go back to 1926, when the
Association released its first issue of Studies and Records. Since
then, NAHA has published a total of 36 volumes of studies. The name of
the series has changed over the years, but the intent has remained the
same: to encourage and support scholarship in the field by offering a
“I look forward to sustaining and developing NAHA’s relationships with
authors and showcasing the best scholarship in Norwegian American
history, culture, and life in our publications,” she says.
There have been only four previous editors in the Association’s 93-year
history: Theodore Blegen, Kenneth Bjork, Odd Lovoll, and Todd Nichol.
“I am honored for my name to be listed alongside the
accomplished past editors of NAHA. I intend to uphold the reputation
for academic excellence that they established,” she says.
ABOUT NAHA PUBLICATIONS
In 1938, Kenneth O. Bjork and Theodore C. Blegen prepared a history of
the thirteen-year-old NAHA and laid out a long-range program for its future
in a pamphlet entitled A Review and a Challenge. The Association had
already established a proud record of scholarship and could point to nineteen
publications of merit.
Nearly a century later, NAHA reflects on more than one hundred publications
and its vibrant service to its members and community. Its dynamic program
has brought into focus the Norwegian-American experience and its relationship
to all ethnic groups in the United States.
The "challenge" outlined by Bjork and Blegen still defines
the Association's work today. We have recently completed publishing
of a three-volume edition of immigrant letters to Norway, one of the key
goals of our founders. Currently, we are refreshing and redesigning our journal, Norwegian-American Studies while we explore the
possibilities of digital publication for a new era. The challenge remains!
NAHA Editorial Council
The following provide support and counsel to the NAHA editorial program:
Betty A. Bergland
Lori Ann Lahlum
Ann M. Legreid
Terje I. Leiren
Deborah L. Miller
Daron W. Olson
Nils Olav Østrem