Terje Leiren was born in Stamneshella, Norway. He was the third of five children of Anna and Haakon Leiren who, in 1949, made the decision to leave Norway and emigrate to Alberta, Canada, where Haakon had two uncles. Wanderlust and work saw the family, subsequently, move to Vancouver, BC for three years before emigrating to the United States in 1959, where they settled in Los Angeles County. After graduating from high school, Terje’s university studies took him from California to Texas and eventually back to Norway and the University of Oslo where he taught courses on American history while writing his Ph.D. doctoral dissertation on the history of the modern Norwegian monarchy. In 1977, he joined the faculty of the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. He reached the rank of full professor and was chosen to hold the prestigious Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies. He was appointment Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies in 1995, a position he held until 2010. In 1996, he was knighted by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, becoming a member of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (Den Kongelige Norske Fortjenstorden). Leiren has written and edited four books, the most recent being an expanded edition of the Historical Dictionary of Norway, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2019. He also served as co-General Editor of the University of Washington Press book series, New Directions in Scandinavian Studies, which during his tenure, published eleven books on the history and culture of Scandinavia. He continues to teach part-time at the University of Washington. Terje married Ingunn Bøhaug in 1967. They have two sons, Eliot and Haakon, and four grandchildren. Ingunn, a former financial analyst, is the owner of Leiren & Associates Mortgage Brokers, located in Kirkland, Washington. Born and raised on the western Norwegian island of Fedje, northwest of Bergen, Ingunn emigrated to the US in 1965. Professor Leiren is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Nordic Museum in Seattle and the Norwegian American Historical Association of Northfield, Minnesota. He has been a member of several Norwegian-American organizations in Seattle, including the Leif Erikson Lodge Sons of Norway and the Norwegian Commercial Club where he also served as president. While continuing his scholarly writing and teaching, Terje also remains engaged as a regular lecturer and tour leader for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and the University of Washington Alumni Association.