Rachael Joo

Associate Professor of American Studies

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 Spring 2022: Monday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Friday 2:30 - 4:30 PM, online only. https://calendly.com/rjoo/office-hours, or by appointment
 Axinn Center 248

Rachael Miyung Joo, Associate Professor in American Studies, has been teaching at Middlebury College since 2007. She received her B.A. from Pomona College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University. She teaches courses on race, nationalism, immigration, globalization, food, and sports. 

Her research focuses on the transnational circulation of mass media, specifically on how sporting media connects South Korean and Korean American communities. Her book, Transnational Sport: Gender, Media and Global Korea (Duke University Press, 2012), details the significance of sports in shaping ideas of nation in transnational Korean/American communities. She edited with Shelley Lee, A Companion to Korean American Studies (Brill 2018). She has published articles on sports and national publics, bodies and media, sports and sexuality, and food.  Her current research investigates the cultural politics around golf, specifically the connections between mass-mediated desires, built landscapes, national development, ideas of self and nature, and race relations.



Course List: 

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AMST 0175 - Immigrant America      

Immigrant America
In this course we will trace American immigration history from the late 19th to the turn of the 21st century, and examine the essential place immigration has occupied in the making of modern America and American culture. The central themes of this course will be industrialization and labor migrations, aftermaths of wars and refugees, constructions of racial categories and ethnic community identities, legal defining of "aliens" and citizenship, and diversity in immigrant experiences. To explore these themes, we will engage a range of sources including memoirs, novels, oral histories, and films. AMR HIS NOR

Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

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AMST 0224 / GSFS 0224 - Race and Ethnicity in the US      

Formations of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Historical memories, everyday experiences, and possible futures are powerfully shaped by racial and ethnic differences. Categories of race and ethnicity structure social relationships and cultural meanings in the United States and beyond. In this course we will track the theoretical and historical bases of ideas of race and ethnicity in modern America. We will investigate how race and ethnicity intersect at particular historical moments with other forms of difference including gender, sexuality, nation, and class. The course offers an approach informed by critical studies of race including texts in history, political theory, cultural studies, and anthropology. (Critical Race Feminisms) 3 hrs. lect. AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2019, Spring 2022

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AMST 0227 - Asian Americas      

Asian Americas
In this course we will investigate cultural transformations, cultural politics, and the cultural productions of and about Asian Americans. The themes of immigration, nation, and citizenship are central to the construction of the U.S. racial category of Asian. Those addressed within the category are highly diverse and differentiated along class, gender, and generational lines, yet the racial category structures particular kinds of experiences and possibilities for subjects. Historical transformations and contemporary issues in a variety of Asian American contexts will be investigated through a variety of texts including historical accounts, cultural studies, anthropological studies, autobiography, and fiction. 3 hrs. lect. AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2019, Spring 2022

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AMST 0400 - Theory and Method      

Theory and Method in American Studies (Junior Year)
A reading of influential secondary texts that have defined the field of American Studies during the past fifty years. Particular attention will be paid to the methodologies adopted by American Studies scholars, and the relevance these approaches have for the writing of senior essays and theses. (Open to junior American studies majors only.) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2019, Fall 2021

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AMST 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
Select project advisor prior to registration.

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023

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AMST 0701 - Senior Work I      

Senior Work
(Approval required)

Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

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AMST 0710 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
For students who have completed AMST 0705, and qualify to write two-credit interdisciplinary honors thesis. on some aspect of American culture. The thesis may be completed on a fall/winter schedule or a fall/spring schedule. (Select a thesis advisor prior to registration)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2022, Winter 2023

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AMST 1020 - Asian American Food Studies      

Asian American Food Studies
In this course we will discuss how food shapes a sense of belonging and identity in Asian America. Going beyond how Asian American cultures are consumed through food items and restaurants, we will focus on how Asian Americans have defined themselves through food. Required readings will engage questions about the production, circulation, and consumption of food. We will critically engage the genres of memoir, recipe books, fiction, historical accounts, cultural criticism, and food criticism as we write pieces in each of these styles. There will also be a limited amount of cooking involved in the course. AMR CW NOR SOC WTR

Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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FYSE 1292 - Cultural Formations of 1980s      

Cultural Formations of the 1980s
In this course we will investigate cultural formations of the United States during the 1980s through a critical examination of fiction, music, television, art, advertising, and film. We will connect texts produced during and about the period with social, political, and economic transformations that began with the so-called “Reagan Revolution.” Social issues concerning race, class, gender, and sexuality will be analyzed through topics including the Culture Wars, globalization and outsourcing, the ascendance of Wall Street, the rise of AIDS, attacks on the welfare state, the emergence of hiphop, and the War on Drugs 3 hrs. sem. AMR CW SOC

Fall 2018, Fall 2022

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IGST 0478 / AMST 0478 - Global Cities of the U.S.      

Global Cities of the United States
In this seminar we will engage the study of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles as "global cities." We will explore each as a site of networks that link populations in the United States to people, things, media, money, and ideas beyond the borders of the nation-state. The principal themes and issues covered during the semester will include the formation of transnational communities, flows of labor and capital cultural production, and religious responses to diaspora. Our interdisciplinary approach to these topics will require students to use methods and theories from both the social sciences and the humanities. 3 hrs. sem. AMR NOR SOC

Spring 2020

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Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Chellis House Women's Resource Center
56 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753