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Mihai Grünfeld Chair of Lifelong Learning Institute

Mihai Grünfeld obtained his PhD from University of California at Berkeley and is a professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Vassar College since 1987 where he teaches in the Hispanic Studies Department. At Vassar he has periodically served as chair, directed the Vassar-Wesleyan Program in Spain, Vassar’s Summer Language Program in Oaxaca, Mexico, and was an assistant director of The Spanish School at Middlebury College.

  • BA, University of Toronto; MA, University of Michigan; PhD, University of California, Berkeley
  • At Vassar since 1987


Research and Academic Interests

  • Latin American Literature
  • Modern Latin American Poetry
  • Avant-Garde
  • Intersection Between Literature and the Visual Arts


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Mihai Grünfeld, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, obtained his PhD in Latin American Literature from University of California at Berkeley, his MA from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his BA 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. Professor Grünfeld also teaches courses in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies and International Studies Programs.

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 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 finished work on a novel entitled The Dressmaker’s Son, and together with Sarah Levine Simon adapted the novel to a play entitled “The Dressmaker’s Secret.” He also finished translating and editing a memoir entitled Inherited Words by Roth Zoltán, a Romanian Holocaust survivor.