Faculty Bios

Will AmidonWill Amidon has been a member of the faculty since 2010, offering courses on environmental geology, active tectonics, paleoclimate, and landscape evolution. His research focuses on isotopic dating of past geologic events such as ancient floods, lakes, glaciers, and earthquakes. He received his BA from Carleton College (2001), MSc from UC Santa Barbara (2005), and PhD from Caltech (2010). Will is the 2017 recipient of the Marjorie Lamberti Award for excellence in teaching. As a native of the Champlain Valley, Will has a passion for exploring local landscapes and learning about the history that has shaped this unique region.

Kemi Fuentes-GeorgeKemi Fuentes-George is an associate professor of political science. His scholarship focuses on how people’s understanding of themselves and their place in the world shapes the politics around resource management. He has published several articles and chapters on this topic in journals such as Global Environmental Politics and Politics in Perspective, and in several edited volumes published by Routledge Press. His book Between Preservation and Exploitation focuses on natural resource management and conservation in Jamaica, Mexico, and Egypt. Since joining Middlebury College in 2011, he has taught courses in introductory international politics, international environmental politics, gender and international relations, protest music, and environmental justice.

Amy HungerfordAmy Hungerford is the Bird White Housum Professor of English and dean of the Humanities Division at Yale. 2019 marks her 10th summer spent in Ripton, teaching at the Bread Loaf School of English. Her teaching and scholarship have focused on 20th- and 21st-century American literature; her books include The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and Personification (Chicago, 2003), Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (Princeton, 2010), and Making Literature Now (Stanford, 2016). Her new research explores the socially saturated quality of modern solitude.

James FitzsimmonsJames L. Fitzsimmons has been teaching archaeology at Middlebury for the past 14 years. His research interests include the anthropology of death, the rise of complex societies in ancient Mesoamerica, and the origins of writing. For over 20 years, he has directed or worked on a variety of archaeological projects in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and the United States. He is the author or editor of five books, including Death and the Classic Maya Kings and Living with the Dead: Mortuary Ritual in Mesoamerica. For his current book project, he is writing about a failed imperial experiment in the Classic Maya lowlands, as well as the people responsible for it.

Martha WoodruffMartha Woodruff is an associate professor of philosophy at Middlebury. Her main areas of research and teaching center on ancient Greek philosophy and its myriad influences. She earned her PhD in philosophy from Yale University with support from the Mellon Humanities Fellowship and her BA from Haverford College. She also studied for two years at Universität-Freiburg with a grant from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and now serves as the co-advisor to the German-language Philosophy Reading Group in the Middlebury German School during summers.  In addition, she served a three-year term as codirector of the Ancient Philosophy Society

Matthew KimbleMatthew Kimble, Faculty Director of Alumni College, is a Professor of Psychology. He arrived at Middlebury in 2004 after six years at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Boston and two years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, Bangor (GB). He received a B.A.in Psychology/Biology from Dartmouth College in 1991 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University 1996. His scholarship has focused on the biology and experience of posttraumatic stress disorder and has been funded by the Veterans Administration, Vermont Genetics Network, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Matt first taught a course on “Happiness” at Alumni College in 2011 and has served as Faculty Director since 2013.

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