Johanna Haas is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Geography-Geology Department of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She received her J.D. in 2001 from The Ohio State University College of Law, and focused her studies on property law, environmental law, and poverty law. Johanna is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Geography from The Ohio State University Department of Geography, and is A.B.D. (although plans to have achieved Ph.D. by this summer.) The subject focus of her dissertation research is the political economy of mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia and Kentucky. Areas of expertise include: nature-society relations; legal geography; political economy; political geography; Appalachia; North America; natural resources; rural development; energy policy; environmental politics; and historical geography. The classes she teaches include: environmental geography and studies; political ecology; political geography, geography of the US and Canada, world regional geography, and human geography. Johanna is a member of the Association of American Geographers.