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St. Olaf On the Road in San Francisco Speakers’ Bios

St. Olaf On the Road in San Francisco

Featured Speakers’ Bios

Jodi Malmgren ’92

Jodi is director of international and off-campus studies at St. Olaf College. She has 20 years of experience in international education and higher education, and her responsibilities at St. Olaf include enhancing access to off-campus study, managing and developing programs, working with faculty members, and advising incoming international students and scholars. Jodi is a 1992 graduate of St. Olaf and earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota. Her many international experiences include conducting dissertation research in France and living and working in Japan as a 2008 Fulbright IEA grant recipient. She also has published articles on a variety of international education topics.

Kristina Medina-Vilariño

Kristina is an assistant professor of Spanish at St. Olaf. She also teaches courses in the Latin American studies, film studies, and race and ethnic studies programs. She earned a B.A. degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica in Puerto Rico, an M.A. degree from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Her studies emphasize civic engagement and theoretical approaches to transnational film and literatures, migration studies, gender and sexuality, national identity, and racial theory. Kristina specializes in Hispanic Caribbean contemporary literature, film, and cultural studies. Other main areas of her research are Latino/a studies and Latin American literature and cultures. She is originally from Puerto Rico and has taken student groups to Costa Rica.

Linda Mokdad

Linda is an assistant professor of film and English and the director of the film studies program at St. Olaf. She is co-editor of The International Film Musical and is currently finishing a book on post-9/11 American cinema. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cinema and comparative literature from the University of Iowa. Linda previously taught at the University of Iowa, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Iceland. Her diverse teaching and research topics include everything from classical Hollywood to world cinema.

Ka Wong

Ka is an associate professor of Asian studies and Chinese at St. Olaf. He received an M.A. in arts and a Ph.D. in Chinese from the University of Hawaii, and an M.A. in Thai studies from Chulalongkom University, Thailand. Ka is the recipient of seven grants for his work in cultural studies and technology over the past two years, including awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and the Council of Independent Colleges. He has published on a wide range of topics, including language pedagogy, Chinese literature, transnational cinema, and Asian arts.

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