Miguel Fernández is the interim Chief Diversity Officer, charged with addressing diversity within the undergraduate college. He works on faculty diversity initiatives ( including the C3 project), is aiding in the launching of the new Anderson-Freeman Resource Center, serves as liaison to the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO), and supports the Dean of the College on student life issues related to diversity. Miguel has been a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 1995. He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in Hispanic Studies and both a B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. Miguel's primary field of study is 19th-century Argentine literature with a focus on the gauchesca. He is co-director and editor for Latin American literature and cultures of Decimonónica, a journal of 19th-century Hispanic cultural production. Miguel has served as both Chair of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Director of Latin American Studies. His teaching and research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Latin American literature and cultures; intersections between literary, cultural, and historical discourses; literature and the environment; and Spanish language pedagogy. His latest teaching project has employed project-based learning to put on full theater productions in Spanish.
"La naturaleza humana y el altruismo en el Martín Rivas de Alberto Blest Gana: Una lectura darwiniana." Nueva Revista del Pacífico 52 (2007).
"¡Viva el salvagismo!: The Representation of Amerindians in Argentine Satirical Newspapers during the Years of National Organization (1852-1880)." Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 4 (2006): 127-45.
"Refashioning José Hernández Through Francisco F. Fernández's Solané: The Shifting Political Ideologies Among Federalist Reformists." Hispanófila 143 (2005): 87-109.
“Borges’s Fascination with Ascasubi.” Ciberletras: Journal of Literary Criticism and Culture 8 (December 2002) link
“The Capitalist Payador: Hilario Ascasubi’s Aniceto el Gallo,” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 31.1 (2002): 86-103.
“Santos Vega Revisited,” Romance Languages Annual Volume XI (2000): 448-455.