Joelle Moen has three degrees in English (B.A., M.A., and PhD) specializing in American literature, especially twentieth century literature and African American literature. In addition to teaching classes in American literature, she’s taught college freshman writing for more than 20 years as well as other courses in composition, literature, humanities, Spanish, international studies, and anthropology. She’s co-written and edited a textbook for a class called Modern Art and Propaganda and leads the teaching team for that class.
Joelle grew up in a rural area of Western Washington on a small farm with horses, cows, goats, rabbits, chickens, and one sister. Her life was changed by a study abroad program to London, where she learned the wonders of studying art and culture. Since then, she’s traveled to more than 30 countries and has visited all 50 of the United States. She has taught at BYU-Idaho, an all-undergraduate institution in Eastern Idaho, since 1995. For that institution she led student tours to Europe and, for 10 years, to Central America.
(Moen is obviously a Norwegian surname. In fact, 10 of Joelle’s 16 great-great grandparents left Norway for the United States in the late-19th century.)