Rachael Joo

Associate Professor of American Studies

 
 work(802) 443-5783
 Fall 2017: Monday 3:00-5:00, Thursday 3:00-4:00 or 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.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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AMST 0175 / HIST 0175 - 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. AMR HIS NOR

Spring 2016, Fall 2017

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AMST 0180 / GSFS 0180 - 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). AMR NOR SOC

Fall 2016, Spring 2018

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AMST 0200 - 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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AMST 0224 / GSFS 0224 - 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. AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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AMST 0227 - Asian Americas      

Asian Americas
In this course we will investigate cultural transformations, cultural politics, and the cultural productions of and about Asian Americans. The themes of immigration, nation, and citizenship are central to the construction of the U.S. racial category of Asian. Those addressed within the category are highly diverse and differentiated along class, gender, and generational lines, yet the racial category structures particular kinds of experiences and possibilities for subjects. Historical transformations and contemporary issues in a variety of Asian American contexts will be investigated through a variety of texts including historical accounts, cultural studies, anthropological studies, autobiography, and fiction. 3 hrs. lect. AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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AMST 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Select project advisor prior to registration.

Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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AMST 0705 - 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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AMST 0710 - 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)

Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018

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FYSE 1292 - Cultural Formations of 1980s      

Cultural Formations of the 1980s
In this course we will investigate cultural formations of the United States during the 1980s through a critical examination of fiction, music, television, art, advertising, and film. We will connect texts produced during and about the period with social, political, and economic transformations that began with the so-called “Reagan Revolution.” Social issues concerning race, class, gender, and sexuality will be analyzed through topics including the Culture Wars, globalization and outsourcing, the ascendance of Wall Street, the rise of AIDS, attacks on the welfare state, the emergence of hiphop, and the War on Drugs 3 hrs. sem. AMR CW SOC

Fall 2017

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Program in American Studies

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