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Regional Visiting Fellows Program

2016-2017 Regional Visiting Fellows

Jomarie Alano is a lecturer in Italian at Wells College. She has also taught Modern European History and Italian History at Tufts University, Cornell University, and the George Washington University. She will use her Regional Visiting Fellowship to complete two projects: a biography of Italian Resistance activist Ada Gobetti and a translation of Gobetti’s Diario partigiano (Partisan diary) from Italian into English. She taught the course “Italy and the Jews” during the 2008 Summer Session at Cornell.

Juan Arroyo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Ithaca College. He got is Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University and went on to get a Masters of Arts and PhD  in Political Science at The American University. He has given multiple academic talks over the years, most recently being a panelist on “Climate Change and Laudato si” at Cornell University. Being the faculty advisor for the Ithaca College Model UN Club led him to become the creator of, and advisor to, the College Model European Union Simulation class.

Maria DeFrancesco is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Ithaca College. She got her Bachelor’s degree at Canisius College in Spanish and English, later going on to receive her Master’s and PhD at the University of Buffalo in Spanish.Her teaching and research interests range from elementary Spanish grammar and composition to contemporary Spanish literature and film, with a particular emphasis on post-Franco Spain women's gender roles within this period.

Jennifer Germann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Ithaca College. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude at the State University of New York at Binghamton and when on to receive her Master’s and PhD in Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently has a publication on portraits of Queen Marie Leszczynska of France in the 18th century and how it positively influenced the public image of the king’s authority. Her specializations are in 17th and 18th century French and decorative art.

Matt Kadane is an Associate Professor of History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He previously served as a Visiting Instructor in history at Brown University and Lecturer in history and literature at Harvard University. He received his master's degree from New School for Social Research and his doctoral degree in History from Brown University. He has a particular scholarly interest in British and European history; the histories of capitalism, Christianity, and the Enlightenment.

David Ost is a Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, studying the politics of Poland and Eastern Europe, more generally. He has previously serves as Professor of Sociology at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities and Occasional Visiting Professor at Central European University, Warsaw and Budapest. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Delia Popescu is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department of Le Moyne College. She is the Chair of the Political Science Department and the Director of both the Legal Studies Program and the Peace and Global Studies Program. She received her Bachelor Degree Summa Cum Laude from the Louisiana State University then went on to receive her Masters and PhD in Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Delia’s most recent publication is her book, ‘Political Action in Vaclav Havel's Thought: The Responsibility of Resistance’.

Saviana Stanescu is currently on tenure-track as an Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Contemporary Theatre at Ithaca College. She is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright and journalist, one of the most exciting voices to emerge in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain. She has conceived/wrote/directed devised theatre projects as well as published books of poetry and drama. She received her Master’s in Performance Studies and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for excellence in Playwriting, shared with Rajiv Joseph) from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a PhD in Theatre from the National University of Theatre & Film in Bucharest, Romania.

Andrew Utterson is an Assistant Professor of Screen Studies in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communication at Ithaca College. His teaching and research expertise focus on European cinema, including a particular focus on British cinema and media and culture more generally. He received both his doctoral degree in History of Art, Film, and Visual Media and his masters' degree in Cinema and Television Studies at the University of London, UK.