Jenna Coughlin is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Norwegian at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She specializes in Norwegian literature, environmental humanities, and poetry and poetics.
Jenna completed her Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dissertation focused on the relationship between language and place in the poetry of Ivar Aasen, Olav Nygard, and Aslaug Vaa. Jenna began learning Norwegian while working toward her B.A. in anthropology at the University of Chicago, after which she received a Fulbright student scholarship to pursue the study of both modern Norwegian and Old Norse at the University of Oslo. Jenna has previously taught Norwegian language at Berkeley, as well as courses on H. C. Andersen, travel narratives, literary place, and nature in Nordic literature and culture.