Laura A. Moquin

Scandinavian Studies

Graduate Student

Languages: Norwegian, Icelandic

Area(s) of Study: Historical linguistics, sound change, sociolinguistics, language policy, and language ideologies—all within the context of the Nordic region and Scandinavian-America.

About: Laura Moquin is a Ph.D. student in Scandinavian Studies. She attended three sessions of intensive language study at the University of Oslo International Summer School, and one session of intensive language study at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies International Summer Course. Laura’s master’s thesis explores ideological relationships between language and morality, and language and identity in early Norwegian-American communities by examining the article content of Norwegian-language newspapers. Current projects include Stereotypes of Scandinavian-American English, and Discourse Markers in American-Norwegian.


– University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA in Scandinavian Studies (2019)
– University of Texas at Austin, BA in Anthropology (2010) and BFA in Studio Art (2010)

Courses Taught:

– SCAN ST 101: First Semester Norwegian (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)
– SCAN ST 102: Second Semester Norwegian (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)


  • SRGC Conference Presentation Grant; The University of Wisconsin-Madison — 2018
  • FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship to study Icelandic for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Wisconsin Idea Award; The University of Wisconsin-Madison — 2017, 2018
  • Vera Cronor Grant; The University of Wisconsin-Madison — 2017
  • L&S Community of Graduate Research Scholars Fellowship; The University of Wisconsin – Madison — 2016-2017
  • Torger Thomspon Fund Summer Scholarship; The University of Wisconsin-Madison — 2016

Selected Publications:

  • Moquin, Laura. 2019. Language and Morality in Norwegian-American Newspapers: Reform in Eau Claire, WI. In Selected Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA 9), ed. Kelly Biers and Joshua R. Brown, 64-71. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project., document #3489.