Miguel Fernández has been a professor in the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies since 1995. He holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in Hispanic Studies 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. He is currently working with nautical archaeologists to discover and tell the stories of shipwrecks in Mexican waters. His teaching interests include Latin American literatures and cultures; intersections between literary, cultural, and historical discourses; literature and the environment; Hispanic theatre and performance studies; and Spanish language pedagogy. In his teaching he incorporates problem-based learning into courses, in particular in the area of Hispanic theater, with students putting on full productions of dramas in Spanish. He served on multiple occasions as both chair of the department and director of Latin American Studies and also served for six and a half years as Middlebury’s Chief Diversity Officer from 2015-2021.
“La naturaleza humana y el altruismo en el Martín Rivas de Alberto Blest Gana: Una lectura darwiniana.” Nueva Revista del Pacífico 52 (2007).
“¡Viva el salvagismo!: The Representation of Amerindians in Argentine Satirical Newspapers during the Years of National Organization (1852-1880).” Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 4 (2006): 127-45.
“Refashioning José Hernández Through Francisco F. Fernández’s Solané: The Shifting Political Ideologies Among Federalist Reformists.” Hispanófila 143 (2005): 87-109.
“Borges’s Fascination with Ascasubi.” Ciberletras: Journal of Literary Criticism and Culture 8 (December 2002) link
“The Capitalist Payador: Hilario Ascasubi’s Aniceto el Gallo,” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 31.1 (2002): 86-103.
“Santos Vega Revisited,” Romance Languages Annual Volume XI (2000): 448-455.