I teach history for the University of Maryland University College and the University of North Dakota. At Maryland, I also serve as chair of the history capstone course series and as faculty advisor to the History Club.

My research interests broadly include Renaissance Warfare (particularly Landsknechts such as Paul Dolnstein), Martin Luther, Colonial New England and New France, Anglo-Saxon England, Vikings, Normans, and Yellowstone, to which I have a family connection.

I have written a novel set in colonial New England, which won the National Historic Research and Preservation Award from the Daughters of Colonial Wars. Recent collaborative projects include editing a regional anthology, which was published by Village Arts in April, 2015, and translating Karl Jakob Skarsteins’ The War with the Sioux: Norwegians against Indians, 1862-1863, which will be published by The Digital Press @ UND  in the fall of 2015. My current fiction project explores the world of Martin Luther’s role in and experience of the Peasants’ War of 1525.

My more lasting work is motherhood.



4 thoughts on “About

  1. I think the research you have done is amazing. I noticed on your genealogy website on the Orcutt that my gg grandmother Agnes Ellen Gurney Pinkerton. If you need any information on her family just let me know. I also have a blog where I post the family research I am doing, it is still a young site but I am having fun with it. http://www.genealogistjournal.blogspot.com. I take it that we are distant cousins?

    Jenny R. Findsen

    1. Jenny,

      I love the background image for your blog, and we probably are indeed cousins. How delightful! I can not claim credit for most of the genealogical research on the skjelver.com site. My great-grandmother Florence Pluma Orcutt did the work. I simply transcribed it (with many typos) for the public.


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