Alumni College Faculty


Read these bios to learn more about the world-class faculty members who shared their knowledge and enthusiasm at Alumni College 2015.


The People’s Civil War

Amy Feely Morsman
came to Middlebury in the fall of 2001. A native Virginian, she earned her degrees from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia. She teaches courses in American History, primarily around the topics of the Civil War and gender history. Her research interests lie in the historical evolution of gender roles, race relations, and regional differences. Her first book, The Big House After Slavery: Virginia Plantation Families and their Postbellum Domestic Experiment, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2010. She is working on a new book project that focuses on race relations and the legacy of the abolition movement in the postbellum Northeast.

Cates Baldridge  

Frankenstein’s Flesh—Three Literary Bodies

Having grown up in Chicago and Denver, Cates Baldridge arrived at Middlebury in 1987 after receiving his degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia, where he wrote his dissertation on the meaning of work and vocation in Victorian literature. Since then, he has taught a wide variety of courses at the College, including The Nineteenth-Century Novel, The English Romantic Poets, Contemporary Literary Theory, Magical Realism, and Literature and the Body. His scholarly interests are quite broad, and he has published articles on topics ranging from Romanticism to contemporary fiction. His books include The Dialogics of Dissent in the English Novel, Graham Greene's Fictions, and Prisoners of Prester John, a work of popular history about Portugal and Ethiopia's tragicomic encounter during the 16th century. This year he will begin his second term as chair of the English Department.

  Christopher Star

The Ides of March

Christopher Star
is an associate professor of Classics at Middlebury College. His teaching and research focus on the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire. His particular area of interest is how the change in political regime from a mixed republican constitution to one man rule altered how the Romans viewed themselves and the universe around them. He is the author of The Empire of the Self: Self-Command and Political Speech in Seneca and Petronius (Johns Hopkins University Press 2012). His current project is entitled New Order of the Ages: Golden Age and Apocalypse in Imperial Rome, and considers how the rise of emperors was believed to change the nature of time and the cosmos throughout the ancient Mediterranean world.    

  Chris Klyza

The Changing Vermont Landscape

Chris McGrory Klyza
is the Robert ’35 and Helen ’38 Stafford Professor in Public Policy, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies. He grew up outside of Buffalo, NY, and received degrees from Cornell, Duke, and the University of Minnesota. He has been at Middlebury since 1990, teaching courses on U.S. conservation and environmental policy and American politics. He is the author or editor of five books on conservation and environmental policy, most recently a second edition of The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History (2015), co-authored with Middlebury Biology and Environmental Studies Professor Steve Trombulak; American Environmental Policy: Beyond Gridlock (2013), co-authored with David Sousa; Wilderness Comes Home: Rewilding the Northeast (2001, editor); Who Controls Public Lands? Mining, Forestry, and Grazing Policies, 1870-1990 (1996); and The Future of the Northern Forest (1994, co-editor with Steve Trombulak). He serves on the board of directors of two local conservation organizations, the Watershed Center and Vermont Family Forests. He lives in Bristol, with his wife Sheila and daughters Faye and Isabel.


 Caitlin Myers

The Rise and Sprawl of the Modern American City

Caitlin Myers
is an associate professor of economics at Middlebury College and a research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Her research on issues related to gender, race and the economy has been published in highly-regarded journals and featured in media outlets including, NPR and The Financial Times. She is currently working on projects estimating the social and economic effects of reproductive policy. At Middlebury, Professor Myers teaches three different courses on empirical methodology as well as a sophomore-level urban economics course that draws students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

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