Come and welcome the Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellows, 2013-2014, Oct. 22 at 4pm!


Contributed by Brooke Hansen

Tuesday Oct. 22nd at 4pm in the Center for Faculty Excellence (Gannett 3rd floor). 

We welcome Petros Y. Tesfazion (Economics), Enrique González-Conty (Modern Languages and Literatures) and Josh T. Franco (Art History).

Refreshments will be served.


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 Bachelor’s with distinction from the University of Asmara, and his master’s cum laude from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and later from SUNY-Buffalo. At Ithaca College, he teaches Economics of Migration as well as 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). He is currently teaching a course on Caribbean Literature and Film and the Diaspora.

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 is also a site full of demonstrations of rasquachismo, referring to the vernacular aesthetics one finds in domestic shrines, outdoor yard altars, and an attitude and style pervading daily life. Franco investigates "decolonial aesthetics" and what this means for the history of art and contemporary making. 

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Brooke Hansen, Chair, Anthropology Department. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

For information contact Brooke Hansen, or 607-274-1735