Danielle Harms


I’m Danielle Harms. I’m an educator, writer, and traveler. I hail from the Midwest and have called Norway, South Korea, and Hungary home. Until recently I lived in Washington, DC, where I was a term Assistant Professor in George Mason University’s English Department, teaching Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature classes. I previously earned my MFA in creative writing at Mason, and served as the editor-in-chief of Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art. Now, I’m on the move again, and will land in Denver, CO soon.

I hold a bachelors degree in English and Political Science from Minnesota’s Gustavus Adolphus College.

As an educator, I am interested in active learning strategies, student-centered pedagogy, emerging technologies, and the digital humanities. I write personal essays, where I usually find myself exploring our relationship to place, encounters with the unfamiliar or surprising, and questions of identity. I am currently at work on a major project that blends reportage, memoir, and historical research to tell the story of the “comfort women” who endured sexual slavery under Imperial Japan before and during WWII, the women who survived them, and their ongoing fight for justice and recognition.

Interested in learning more about the issue of the comfort women? You can follow along, and learn as I learn, at 1000 Wednesdays.org

Courses Taught

English 101: Composition

English 201: Reading and Writing About Texts – “Inside, Outside, and In Between: Exploring the role of the ‘other’ in literature”

English 302: Advanced Composition in the Disciplines (including sections for students of Business, Natural Sciences and Technology, and Humanities students)

English 396: Introduction to Creative Writing

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