Eva Norling was born and raised in Germany. She earned her M.A. and her 1st and 2nd Staatsexamen in French and German from the University of Freiburg, Germany. She spent some time working at Renault in France as well as studying at the Sorbonne in Paris and the university of Tours. After teaching in Germany as well as at a California high school, she moved to Washington State where she taught at Seattle Central Community College and Bellevue College. Eva Norling has been a faculty member at Bellevue College, teaching French and German, since spring 1992.