Faculty Bios


Jason ArndtRachael Miyung Joo
is an Associate Professor of American Studies. She has a Ph.D. from Stanford in Cultural Anthropology. She’s been a member of the Middlebury College faculty since 2007 and teaches courses on race, ethnicity, immigration, globalization, and sports. Her research has focused on the role of sports media in shaping nationalisms within and beyond borders. She has written on topics ranging from Korean transnational sports, Asian American sports, and Korean transnational popular culture. She is the editor, with Shelley Lee, of the Handbook of Korean American Studies published by Brill in 2018.


Rick WolfsonRich Wolfson has taught physics and environmental studies at Middlebury for four decades and he regularly teaches a climate course at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In addition to his Middlebury teaching, Rich is known for his video courses for The Teaching Company’s Great Courses series, and for books for nonscientists, including Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified; Nuclear Choices: A Citizen’s Guide to Nuclear Technology; and Energy, Environment and Climate. Rich also lectures for Scientific American Travel and for the One-Day University. This will be his seventh Alumni College.



Antonia LosanoAntonia Losano
has been teaching English literature and Gender Studies at Middlebury since 1999. While she specializes in Victorian literature, she has also engaged in scholarship on the visual arts, animals in literature, and popular romance fiction.



Miguel FernandezMiguel Fernández
is Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Spanish at Middlebury College, charged with promoting equity and inclusion in every aspect of life at the College. He joined the Department of Spanish in 1995. Miguel holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and both a B.A. and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. His primary field of study is 19th-century Argentine literature with a focus on the gauchesca. Miguel is editor for Latin American Literature & Culture for Decimonónica, a journal of 19th-century Hispanic cultural production. His latest teaching project has employed project-based learning to put on full theater productions in Spanish.



Miguel FernandezSvea Closser
has been teaching anthropology at Middlebury for the past ten years, and also directs the Global Health program. She has done research on a variety of global health projects, including polio eradication, focusing on how global policy ends up getting implemented in local health systems. She is the author of Chasing Polio in Pakistan, as well as co-editor of several textbooks on global health and medical anthropology. In her research current project, funded by the Fulbright/Nehru program, she is learning about the lives and social relations of female Community Health Workers in India.


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