Fisher Center Welcomes Pre-Doctoral Fellow for New Academic Year – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Fisher Center Welcomes Pre-Doctoral Fellow for New Academic Year

Zdravka Todorova to teach on gender and economic theory

(September 1, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men welcomes pre-doctoral fellow Zdravka Todorova, who will assist in the operations and development of the Center. Todorova also will teach two courses at the Colleges.

Through her research, Todorova, a doctoral candidate in economics from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), explores gender assumptions behind theories of public finance and money, as well as their consequences for policy formulation. Another area of expertise is the interrelation between household finances and activities such as unpaid labor, paid labor and consumption.

At HWS, Todorova will teach The Political Economy of Globalization, which focuses on contemporary topics in the context of gender and economic theory, and Gender Dimensions of Finance and Budgets, a course that illustrates how gender affects micro- and macro-economic issues. In her courses, special attention is given to public health, including HIV/AIDS, globalization and international financial institutions.

“I am happy and honored to be a fellow at the Fisher Center and to teach at the Colleges,” said Todorova. “This is a great opportunity to be a part of an interdisciplinary community, and to engage in research and teaching across disciplinary boundaries.”

“I'm delighted to have Zdravka here,” said Betty Bayer, director of the Fisher Center. “I believe she brings exciting ideas and concepts regarding gender, health, rights and globalization to the table.”

Todorova has a B.S. in agribusiness economics from Plovdiv University in Bulgaria and an M.A. in economics from UMKC. The fellowship that brought her to HWS is supported by the Provost's and the President's offices in an effort to enhance the study of global concerns in a way that is consistent with the Colleges' mission to provide interdisciplinary and gender-coordinate education.

The Fisher Center, founded in 1998 with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues. This year's fall series, with the theme Rights, Health and Globalization, kicks off Sept. 6 with a photo exhibit tied to the symposium”(Un)Holy Matrimony? The Politics of Household, Rights and Health,” to be held on Sept. 9.

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A hi-res image of Todorova is available