Michelle Fuerch

  Michelle Fuerch



  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • M.A., New York University Abroad (Madrid)
  • B.A., Oakland University


Current Courses Taught

  • Misogynist and Feminist Literature in Early Modern Spain
  • Hispanic Theatre
  • Cervantes and María de Zayas
  • Theme of Islam in Spanish Literature
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Cervantes and Don Quijote
  • Intensive Beginning Portuguese
  • Maymester in Spain




Awards and Honors

  • May Bumby Severy Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ripon College, 2003
  • Global and Multicultural Studies Grant, Ripon College, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Special Scholarly/Artistic grant to digitize microfilms of 3000 documents from the Historical Archives of Goa in India, 2002
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, Archival Research in Goa, India, 1989-1990
  • Program for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in Area Studies Fellowship, study of Arabic at The University of Michigan, 1988
  • May Bumby Severy Award for excellence in teaching, Ripon College, 1988



Recent Publications and Presentations

  • “Common Ground: Risk, Scarcity and Shared Resources in Goan Agriculture,” co-authored with Paul Axelrod, Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Issue 33, Spring 2005
  • ” Dual Submersion: Wisconsin Teachers and Students Survive Together,” co-authored with Marguerite Parks, UW Oshkosh, International Journal of Learning, Vol. 11, Fall 2005
  • “Imagined Communities: Portuguese Colonialism and Goa’s Villages,” with Paul Axelrod, Portuguese Studies Review, Vol. 9, Numbers 1 and 2, pp. 466-493, 2001
  • “Listening to the Text: The Many Voices of the Goa Archives,” with Paul Axelrod, Fourth Centenary Volume of the Goa Archives 1595-1995, ed. S.K. Mhamai, Fall 2001
  • “Portuguese Orientalism and the Making of the Village Communities of Goa,” with Paul Axelrod, Ethnohistory, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 439-476, Summer 1998
  • “Structuring Diversity: Reconquest Policies and the Revitalization of Morisco Identity in Spain,” with Paul Axelrod, Mediterranean Perspectives:Philosophy, Literature, History, and Art, ed. James E. Caraway, Dowling College, pp. 151-163, 1997
  • “Flight of the Deities: Hindu Resistance in Portuguese Goa,” with Paul Axelrod,Modern Asian Studies Journal, spring 1994
  • Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid MS 4987 “Tratado Jurídico” (Madison: The Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies Press, Ltd., August, 1986) and in CD-ROM collection sponsored by the National Library of Spain in recognition of Columbus’ 500 Anniversary (1991)




Areas of Interest

  • Medieval and early modern Spanish literature
  • Misogynists and feminists
  • The role of minorities (Moriscos and Marranos) in Spanish literature Cervantes
  • Spanish and Portuguese languages
  • Portuguese colonialism in South East Asia