A new book on the Caribbean culture is called striking in both its interdisciplinary reach and its successful attempt to do justice to the entire region.
April 16, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Thomas J. D'Agostino, executive director of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Union College Partnership for Global Education (PGE) and director of the Colleges Center For Global Education, co-edited a book titled “Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean” with Richard S. Hillman. The book, recently released, is published by Lynne Reinner Publications. D'Agostino also wrote the chapter “Caribbean Politics” in the book.
Designed to enhance readers' comprehension and appreciation of the traditions, influences, and common themes underlying the many differences within this complex region, “Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean” covers history, economics, politics, the environment, ethnicity, religion, the role of women in the region and the Caribbean diaspora.
Brian Meeks, of the University of the West Indies, called the book “A worthwhile, indeed important contribution to the field of Caribbean studies. … striking in both its interdisciplinary reach and its successful attempt to do justice to the entire region.”
Hillman and D'Agostino have collaborated on several other publications: 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 Opiniao 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 11 years of teaching experience, offering courses in political science and Latin American and Caribbean studies, and began working in the field of international education in 1994. 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.
He is a member of the Latin American Studies Association, Caribbean Studies Association, Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies and the NAFSA Association of International Educators. He serves on the board of advisors for the Abroad View Foundation, which aims to encourage study abroad and promote global awareness and cross-cultural understanding.
The Partnership for Global Education was established in 1999 through funding of the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to develop innovative collaborative management of international programs and new initiatives to integrate study abroad into the academic and social fabric of campus life. Projects include a journal aimed at students with experience abroad, and a program to enable HWS students with international experience to work in schools in the area.