Solheim, Bruce O. 1958-

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Solheim, Bruce O. 1958-


Born September 3, 1958, in Seattle, WA; son of Asbjorn O. (a carpenter) and Olaug M. (a homemaker and artist) Solheim; married Heather E. Owens (an account clerk), 1996; children: Bjorn O., Byron M., Caitlin O., Leif O. Ethnicity: "Norwegian-American." Education: Campbell University, B.S., 1985; Pacific Lutheran University, M.A., 1988; Bowling Green State University, Ph.D., 1993. Politics: Independent. Religion: "World." Hobbies and other interests: Camping, hiking, music.


Office—Citrus College, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741. E-mail—[email protected].


Green River Community College, Auburn, WA, instructor in history, 1993-98; Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, assistant professor, 1994-95; Citrus College, Glendora, CA, professor of history and coordinator of distance education, 1998—. Performer and songwriter with the band Justjoe. Military service: U.S. Army, 1978-81 and 1983-86; served in Germany; became chief warrant officer second class.


Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations.


The Nordic Nexus: A Lesson in Peaceful Security, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 1994.

On Top of the World: Women's Political Leadership in Scandinavia and Beyond, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2000.

The Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2006.

Women in Power: World Leaders since 1960, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2006.


Bruce O. Solheim once told CA: "I write, as John Lennon once said of making music, as an emotional life raft. I am influenced by novelists (Hardy, Twain) and historians (Paul Kennedy, Gary Hess, Stephen Ambrose, Shelby Foote). I write constantly, at all hours, by inspiration, then by revision. I am inspired mostly by my family experiences, my friends, and military experiences."