Rachael Joo

Assistant Professor of American Studies

 Spring 2016: Monday 2:00-4:00, Thursday 11:00-12:00 and by appointment
 Axinn Center at Starr Library 248

Rachael Miyung Joo, Assistant Professor in American Studies, has been teaching at Middlebury College since 2007. She received her B.A. from Pomona College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University. She teaches courses in race and ethnicity, cultural and social theory, methods, globalization, and sports.

Her research focuses on the transnational circulation of mass media, specifically how sporting media connects South Korean and Korean American communities. Her forthcoming book, Competing Visions: Media Sport and Transnational Koreas (Duke University Press), details the significance of commercial mass-mediated sports in shaping ideas of Americanness and Koreanness in Korean/American communities. She has published articles on media and national publics, sports and sexuality, and food.  Her current research investigates the cultural politics around golf, specifically the connections between mass-mediated desires, built landscapes, national development, ideas of self and nature, and race relations.



Course List: 

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AMST0175 / HIST0175 - Immigrant America      

Immigrant America
In this course we will trace American immigration history from the late 19th to the turn of the 21st century, and examine the essential place immigration has occupied in the making of modern America and American culture. The central themes of this course will be industrialization and labor migrations, aftermaths of wars and refugees, constructions of racial categories and ethnic community identities, legal defining of "aliens" and citizenship, and diversity in immigrant experiences. To explore these themes, we will engage a range of sources including memoirs, novels, oral histories, and films. HIS NOR

Spring 2016

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AMST0180 / GSFS0180 - Critical Studies of Sport      

Critical Studies of Sport
Sports offer important contexts for the study of social relations, inequalities, and differences in North America. Sports exist as an important arena where ideas around class, gender, sexuality, race, ability, and status are embodied and performed. In this course we will discuss the significance of sports to ideas of the self as well as in broader cultural, social, economic, and political realms. We will analyze a variety of issues including the relationship of sports to media, celebrity, money, religion, and education. We will also investigate the significance of sports and athletes to contemporary processes of globalization. (Not open to students who have taken AMST 1003). NOR SOC

Fall 2016

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AMST0200 - Global Cities of the U.S.      

Global Cities of the United States
In this seminar we will engage the study of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles as "global cities." We will explore each as a site of networks that link populations in the United States to people, things, media, money, and ideas beyond the borders of the nation-state. The principal themes and issues covered during the semester will include the formation of transnational communities, flows of labor and capital, cultural production, and religious responses to diaspora. 3 hrs. lect. CMP SOC

Fall 2014

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AMST0224 / GSFS0224 - Race and Ethnicity in the US      

Formations of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Historical memories, everyday experiences, and possible futures are powerfully shaped by racial and ethnic differences. Categories of race and ethnicity structure social relationships and cultural meanings in the United States and beyond. In this course we will track the theoretical and historical bases of ideas of race and ethnicity in modern America. We will investigate how race and ethnicity intersect at particular historical moments with other forms of difference including gender, sexuality, nation, and class. The course offers an approach informed by critical studies of race including texts in history, political theory, cultural studies, and anthropology. 3 hrs. lect. NOR SOC

Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

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AMST0226 - Global American Studies      

Global American Studies
The intensification of globalization since the 1980s has transformed the United States and the field of American Studies. In this course we will explore cultural and social changes that are linked to global flows of media, money, and migration in and out of the United States. Contemporary theories of globalization in the humanities and social sciences will be explored through a number of case studies. Some of the themes covered will include: the relationship between globalization and Americanization, imperialism and American militarization, transnationalism and media, and neoliberalism and finance. NOR SOC

Spring 2013

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AMST0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Select project advisor prior to registration.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

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AMST0705 - Senior Research Tutorial      

Senior Research Tutorial
This seminar will focus on the development of sophisticated research skills, the sharing with peers of research and writing in progress, and the completion of a substantial research project. Those writing one-credit essays will complete their projects over the course of this tutorial.

Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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AMST0710 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
For students who have completed AMST 0705, and qualify to write two-credit interdisciplinary honors thesis. on some aspect of American culture. The thesis may be completed on a fall/winter schedule or a fall/spring schedule. (Select a thesis advisor prior to registration)

Spring 2013, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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AMST1003 - Cultural Studies of Sports      

Cultural Studies of Sports
Sports operate as a central cultural institution in communities throughout the world. In this course we will offer a critical investigation into the social and cultural roles of sports in the contemporary United States and beyond. We will analyze the role of sports in shaping cultural meanings by asking the following questions: What constitutes a sport? How should sports be defined? What role do sports play in people’s everyday lives? How do sports reflect and reproduce social differences? Students will be expected to write about sports informed by their own fieldwork observations. CW NOR SOC WTR

Winter 2013

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Program in American Studies

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