Faculty Bio

Mihai Grünfeld

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Mihai Grünfeld, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, obtained his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from University of California at Berkeley, his M.A. from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his B.A. in Spanish and French from University of Toronto. At Vassar since 1987, he teaches courses in Latin American literature and culture and Spanish language in the Hispanic Studies Department, where he has also periodically served as chair (1998-2001, 2011-12, and 2013-14).

Professor Grünfeld also teaches courses in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies and International Studies Programs, and served as Advisor to the Class of 2005 in the Dean of Studies Office from 2002 to 2005. He directed the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Spain (1992-93, 2006-07, 2014-15), Vassar’s Summer Language Program in Oaxaca, Mexico (2004, 2005), and was an assistant director of The Spanish School at Middlebury College (2009).

Mihai Grünfeld's research focuses on modern Latin American poetry, especially the Avant-Garde, and the intersection between literature and the visual arts as expressed, for example, in the Mexican muralism. He published Antología de la poesía latinoamericana de vanguardia (1995), and numerous articles on modernismo and the Avant-Garde, as well as creative short stories. His autobiography Leaving – Memories of Romania was published in 2008, and was translated and published in Spain as Irse (2011). He has recently finished work on a novel entitled “The Dressmaker’s Son.”