portrait of Leanna Swanson

Leanna Swanson, M.A.T.

Lecturer, School of Education, Department of History & Related Fields
Program Coordinator for Social Studies Education Program

M.A. Bethel University

B.A. Bethel University

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, N3017
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


Leanna Swanson joined the University of Northwestern faculty in 2014 teaching in an adjunct capacity with the on-site PSEO program. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles for the history department in the office of Dual Enrollment, traditional undergraduate programs, and in the School of Education. Leanna currently serves as Social Studies Education Coordinator in the School of Education and as program manager for History and World Languages for the Dual Enrollment program.

Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Leanna taught high school Social Studies. She continues to have a passion for implementing educational best practices in the classroom. She partners with students, using choice, intrinsic motivation and strength building to explore the many personal and community applications of history, the social sciences, and social studies. She believes that the lessons learned in the social sciences can help form whole students who are better able to understand the work of God in themselves and others. She is also very interested in preserving local histories that foster a meaningful sense of connection to the past. Her research interests include Minnesota history, immigration, and narrative histories.

Leanna grew up in the Twin Cities. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Bethel University. She and her husband live with their two young children in Shoreview, MN. They love sailing in the summer, exploring the outdoors year-round, and spending time with family and friends.

Professional Accomplishments/Associations

NCSS National Council for the Social Studies, NCTA National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, AP Community, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota State Teaching License, Social Studies, 5-12

Recent publication of, “Letters to Hilda: ‘Swede girls,’ Domestic Service, and Life as a Newcomer in Minneapolis, 1913-1914,” Minnesota History 67, no. 8 (2022): 344-352

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