Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowships

Current Fellows

Petros Y. Tesfazion (Department of Economics) is completing his Ph.D. in the department of Economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His dissertation examines the labor market and economic assimilation of African immigrants to the U.S. He taught Economics at SUNY-Buffalo and at the University of Asmara. A native of Eritrea, he received his Bachelors with distinction from the University of Asmara and his masters cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He also holds a M.A. from SUNY-Buffalo. At Ithaca College, he is teaching Economics of Migration and Labor Economics.

Enrique González-Conty (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his M.A. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and three bachelor degrees (two B.A.s and a B.S.) from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, in Hispanic Studies, Music, and Biology, respectively. His dissertation project examines the close relationship between post-revolutionary Cuban Literature and Film and their ties to important Cuban state institutions such as Casa de las Américas and the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC). His courses at Ithaca College are on Memory, Exile and Revolution in Caribbean Literature and Film and the Novel in the Mirror: Latin American Literature on Film.

Josh T. Franco (Department of Art History) is a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University, SUNY, Art History. A native of west Texas, Franco's dissertation engages his family's history with the town of Marfa and the surrounding area as a device for opening up novel questions in the art historical field. He explores American artist Donald Judd's demonstration of the 'platinum-iridium' standard of art installation and the Minimalist aesthetic. West Texas embodies and demonstrates rasquachismo, referring to the vernacular aesthetics one finds in domestic shrines, outdoor yard altars, and an attitude and style pervading daily life. Josh investigates "decolonial aesthetics" and what this means for the history of art and contemporary making. His courses at Ithaca College are on Chicano/a Art and Studies in Minimalist Art. 

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