Assistant Professor of Composition
at University of Minnesota Crookston
Dani Johannesen earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Dakota in 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Minnesota Crookston. She is the co-editor of Iconic Sports Venues: Persuasion in Public Spaces (Peter Lang, 2017), a collection of scholarly essays on the rhetorical implications of sports venues. Her scholarship and creative work has appeared in Brevity, Midwestern Gothic, South Dakota Review, The Nautilus: A Maritime Journal of History, Literature, and Culture, and elsewhere. Her scholarly interests include magical rural-ism, environmental literature, eco-criticism, and rhetorical studies.
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