Alumni College Faculty


Get to know your professor! Read these bios to learn more about the world-class faculty members who will be sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with you at Alumni College 2014.



Jeff Munroe is a professor of geology and current chair of the geology department. Raised in Massachusetts, he attended Bowdoin College where he developed a fascination with glacial geology and the evolution of cold-climate landscapes. For his M.S. research at the University of Wisconsin he studied the development of permafrost-affected soils in northern Alaska. In 1996 he began a research collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service in northern Utah that continues to this day. Part of this work formed the basis of his Ph.D. dissertation, also at the University of Wisconsin, studying the glacial and post-glacial history of the Uinta Mountains. Since joining the Middlebury faculty in 2001 he has continued his work in Utah and has developed additional research studying environmental change in northeastern Nevada, glacier retreat in Glacier National Park, and the evolution of lake environments, caves, and mountain soils in New England. He teaches courses on geomorphology, Quaternary geology, environmental geology, paleolimnology, and Arctic & alpine environments.


Glenn Andres, professor of the history of art and architecture, arrived in Middlebury in 1970 with degrees in architecture from Cornell University and architectural history from Princeton and has taught the history of architecture and urbanism ever since. Beginning with A Walking History of Middlebury, generated from a seminar on local buildings, he has published and designed lecture, seminar, bicycle tour, and exhibition courses drawing upon Vermont history and the regional built environment. He is a long-time member of the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, co-author of the recently released Buildings of Vermont, in the Buildings of the United Statesseries sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, and co-curator of the spring 2014 exhibition “Observing Vermont Architecture” at the Middlebury Museum of Art.


Steve Viner teaches in the philosophy department, specializing in ethics and political and legal philosophy. He regularly teaches courses such as contemporary moral issues, global justice, the philosophy of human rights, morality & war, and the philosophy of law. Prior to obtaining a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Professor Viner practiced law for a number of years in the private and public sectors. His past scholarship has focused on Just War Theory. He is the editor of a book titled The Morality of War: Classical and Contemporary Readings (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006). His research interest lies in evaluating international laws, institutions and conflicts from a moral perspective. He is currently writing on the topics of immigration and armed humanitarian intervention.


Rebecca Kneale Gould is a scholar, writer and environmental advocate. She served for eight years as a tenured associate professor of religion at Middlebury College and now holds the position of senior lecturer in environmental studies. Her book on spirituality and back-to-the-land practices, At Home in Nature, was published in 2005. At Middlebury College, she has taught courses in both the Religion Department and the Environmental Studies Program including "Nature's Meanings," "Contemplative Practice and Social Change," "Simplicity in American Culture" and "Environmental Ethics and Religion." She is the co-creator with Phil Walker of the 2012 documentary film, The Fire Inside: Place, Passion and Planetary Healing. She has spoken and published widely on the connection between religious identity and environmental advocacy as well as on the role of contemplative practice in Higher Education. Her current book project is entitled Beyond Busy — An Invitation to the Spacious Life: Spirituality, Nature and Contemplative Practice.


Ilaria Brancoli Busdraghi received her Laurea in lettere from the Università di Roma “Tor Vergata” in 2001. She wrote her thesis in history titled “Gli uomini di pietra: lavoratori italiani del marmo e del granito in Vermont tra il 1880 e il 1915” (“Men of Stone: the Italian Marble and Granite Workers in Vermont between 1880 and 1915”), which she hopes to translate for publication in English. She is on the faculty of the Italian Department at Middlebury College, where she teaches classes of Italian language, history, and culture. She has also taught at the Italian Summer School.

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