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Regional Visiting Fellows

Regional Visiting Fellows are faculty and staff members from colleges and universities in upstate New York that have a research or teaching interest in European Studies. 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. and be either a U.S. citizen or a resident alien to be eligible for this appointment. Appointments last for one year, with the possibility for renewal for up to three years.  While this competitive program does not provide financial support to the fellow, it expands opportunities for research, curriculum development, and intellectual exchange among Europeanists in the region. Fellows benefit from the use of Cornell’s extensive library resources, are encouraged to attend IES programming, and are offered the opportunity to give a talk as part of their fellowship.

2020-2021 Fellows

Jomarie Alano is a lecturer in University Studies at Colgate University since 2017. Her teaching interests include European Women's History, World History in 20th Century with a focus on Italy, more specifically, the resistance between Fascism and the Jews. She has taught several sections of Core 152 (Challenges of Modernity) at Colgate University. She received her Bachelor of Art from Cornell in French Literature with an Italian Minor. She then went on to receive her Master's degree from Boston University in French Literature, and PhD in Modern European History at University of Rochester. Her research interests included Modern Europe, World Migration, Ethnicity, and Colonialism, and Opera, as well as Society from Monteverdi to Mozart. In 2017, she published “A Life of Resistance: Ada Prospero Marchesini Gobetti, 1902-1968”. In 2014, she translated and edited “Partisan Diary: A Woman’s Life in the Italian Resistance” by Ada Gobetti. She was a visiting lecturer in History at Cornell in January 2018, when she taught HIST 3662 (Women, War, and Peace in Europe, 1900-1950). In the upcoming winter semester, she will be a visiting lecturer at Cornell and will be teaching HIST 3662 (Women, War, and Peace in Europe, 1900-1950) at Cornell Winter Sessions online.

Juan Arroyo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Ithaca College and an advisor to the Model European Union and Model United Nations teams. His teaching interests include European Politics, the European Union, International Organizations, Political Parties and Ideologies, Comparative Welfare States, Catholics and Politics, as well as Food and Water: Challenges to Sustainability. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Cornell University and went on to receive a Masters of Arts and PhD  in Political Science at The American University. He has given multiple academic talks over the years. In June, 2018, he presented "Food and Sustainability: How government both helps and hinders" to the Longview community in Ithaca. Currently he is working on a paper regarding Spanish politics.

Jennifer Germann  is the Chair and Associate 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 went on to receive her Master’s and PhD in Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently had 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. Her current research project is called “Peaches and Pearls: Materializing Metaphors of Race and Gender in Eighteenth-Century British Art.” This research involves identifying a body of artwork that can be used to both identify and trace specific historical Black women as well as interrogating these images as racialized visual representations. Hence, she is pursuing work on artistic practice and theory that contributed to the construction of ideas about race and gender during this period.

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, including the histories of capitalism, Christianity, and the Enlightenment. Currently, he is writing his second monograph, "Original Sin and the Path to the Enlightenment," a book that shows how contemporary understanding of the European Enlightenment was dependent on the Enlightenment's opposition to original sin and consistent efforts to redefine human nature.

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 was appointed as Joseph DiGangi Chair of Political Science from 2010 to 2015. He has previously served 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 got his Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian at State University of New York, Stony Brook. Later, he received his Master’s and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In winter 2017, he published "Authoritarian Drive in Poland" in European Politics and Society. In 2018, he published the article "Down With 1989! The Right-Wing Backlash Against 1968 in Poland" in “1968 in 2018: Memory in Development”.  He has been a CIES Regional Visiting Fellow at the Einaudi Center for several years and has completed several publications including a book titled “Class After Communism” (published as a special issue of a leading European studies journal).

Ost presented "Populism, Fascism, and Why So Many Workers Turn from Left to Right" on February 21, 2020, as part of the IES Spring 2020 Speaker Series. Watch the video.

Other Past Fellows

Maria DiFrancesco is a 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 Literature, 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. In 2018, she was awarded the Harold G. Jones Award for Best essay for "Facing the Specter of Immigration in Biutiful". Her book “Gender in Spanish Urban Spaces Literary and Visual Narratives of the New Millennium” was published in 2018. Since spring 2016, she has been acting as the first Vice-President of Northeast Modern Languages Association. Her projects examine intersections between gender and immigration in urban space. Currently, she is conducting active research— especially on graphic novels —in this area. 

Saviana Stanescu is a tenure track Associate 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 MA in Performance Studies and 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. Her teaching interests include playwriting, play/script analysis, and theatre studies. Saviana was involved in the 2017 theatre production of "Toys" directed by Gabor Tompa. Her recent works include being commissioned by the Civic Ensemble, led by Cornell University Senior Lecturer Godfrey Simmons Jr., to write a new play on issues connected to modern-day slavery; she wrote the BEE TRAPPED INSIDE THE WINDOW which was produced by Civic Ensemble in Ithaca; and, was an invited panelist for the conference Drama Across Borders organized by Cornell University Assistant Professor Rebekah Maggor.

Andrew Utterson is an Associate 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. 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. In 2018, he started working as the coordinator at Ithaca Seminar Program, as well as being on the advisory board of Cornell Cinema. In addition, he presented “Images of and ‘Open City’: Paris By Air in the Aleksandr Sokurov’s Francofonia” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies 58th Annual Conference in March, 2018. In 2019, his new book "Cinephillic Encounters: Contemporary Cinema and the Memory of a Medium" will be published. 

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. She recently published an academic article “Suffering in Victim Testimonials,” in Justice, Memory, and Redress: New Insights from Romania in January 2017.