Associate Dean for Global Education Tom D’Agostino recently co-edited “Understanding Contemporary Latin America (4th edition),” with St. John Fisher Professor of Political Science Richard S. Hillman.
Part of a series titled “Understanding: Introductions to the States and Regions of the Contemporary World,” the book is an interdisciplinary overview of Latin America and includes chapters focusing on geography, history, politics, religion, environmental issues, and the role of women.
The fourth addition of the book incorporates the rich history and development of Latin America, and also addresses the wide range of issues facing the region in the first decade of the 21st century. Analyzing current events relating to the economy, environment education and cultural expression through the newest scholarship on the subjects, D’Agostino and Hillman paint a vivid portrait of Latin American in contemporary society – and explore U.S. and world views of the region.
In addition to D’Agostino’s work, Professor of Economics and Latin American Studies Scott McKinney contributed a chapter on the economies of the region.
D’Agostino and Hillman have also recently co-authored “Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean” as part of the same series with Lynne Rienner Publishers, and have collaborated on several other publications, including the book “Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: The Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective;” the article “Political Parties, Public Opinion, and the Future of Democracy in Venezuela,” published in Opinião Pública, and “Comparing Hispanic and Anglophone Political Cultures in the Caribbean: The Cases of the Dominican Republic and Jamaica,” in Caribbean Studies newsletter. D’Agostino also wrote the chapter “Latin American Politics” in “Understanding Contemporary Latin America,” edited by Hillman.
D’Agostino has more than a decade of teaching experience, offering courses in political science and Latin American and Caribbean studies. Before joining the Colleges in 2000, D’Agostino was an associate professor of political science and director of international programs at Siena College. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, received cum laude, from St. John Fisher College.