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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Faculty & Staff

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Program Director

Rennesa Jessup

Rennesa Jessup

Mailing Address/Office Location
Minnesota State University, Mankato
218E Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: 507-389-2917



  • Ph.D., University of Washington


About Our Faculty

Faculty members who teach in the program are regular faculty in other departments, but they share their Scandinavian interests and areas of specialization with students in the program. Faculty members in the program have lived, studied, and traveled in the Nordic countries, and together they provide students with a broad spectrum of information.

The willingness of MSU faculty to work closely with you is an attractive feature of the program. All faculty have advanced degrees from Scandinavian and American universities, and no courses are taught by teaching assistants. You will be able to enjoy small classes taught by professors teaching their specialties!

In addition to teaching and mentoring students, Scandinavian Studies faculty are actively engaged in research projects and publication. Faculty regularly present their research at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences and have been awarded numerous Minnesota State University Faculty Research Grants, Faculty Improvement Grants, and Teaching Research Scholarships. They have also received grants and awards from regional, national, and international organizations including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Information Service, the Royal Nordic Society of Antiquaries (Denmark), the Berit Wallenberg Foundation (Sweden), and the Birka International Foundation (Sweden). Some faculty are also involved in the Society for the Advancement for Scandinavian Study, the national association of scholars of Nordic studies.