Kari Lie Dorer is Professor and Chair of the Norwegian Dept. and Director of Nordic Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She specializes in the scholarship of teaching, foreign language instruction, curriculum development, the use of technology with language learning, Sámi studies and Nordic film. She is the King Olav V Endowed Chair of Scandinavian-American Studies.

Kari completed her Ph.D. studies at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Germanic Studies with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics and a minor emphasis in Scandinavian Languages. Kari received her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction of Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in Scandinavian Studies, History, and Political Science from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After spending 10 years as a villager at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian language village located in Bemidji, MN, she attended eight study abroad programs, seven of which were in Norway. Previously, she has taught Norwegian at the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas at Austin.