Thomas D’Agostino, associate dean for global education, and Jack Harris P’02, P’06, professor and chair of sociology, are this year’s recipients of the John R. and Florence B. Kinghorn Global Fellowship.
Established in 1970 and generously endowed by Dr. and Mrs. William Reckmeyer in honor of John Readie and Florence B. Kinghorn, the fellowship honors outstanding faculty at HWS who have exemplified global citizenship on a continued basis. In recognition of their appointments, D’Agostino and Harris will each receive a stipend of $3,000 to be used in the spirit and nature of the award.
“Tom and Jack exemplify the Colleges’ rigorous, multifaceted commitment to global education,” says President Gregory J. Vincent ’83. “I look forward to seeing the bold ideas they will develop during their tenure as Kinghorn Global Fellows.”
During their appointment period, D’Agostino and Harris will deliver the Kinghorn Global Fellow Lecture. The lecture topic is to be determined by the Kinghorn Global Fellows, but will be connected to global citizenship and reflective of the work they have done to qualify for the award. The lecture will be open to the HWS and Geneva communities.
D’Agostino oversees the HWS Center for Global Education, which was named the No. 1 study abroad program in the country in Princeton Review’s 2018 edition of “The Best 382 Colleges.” In facilitating the internationalization of the HWS campus community, D’Agostino collaborates with faculty across the institution to develop new off-campus programs, to evaluate existing programs, and to ensure the academic integrity and quality of all HWS abroad programs. In addition, he participates in a variety of the Colleges’ pre-departure and reentry programming such as the Digital Storytelling Workshop and The Aleph: a journal of global perspectives.
D’Agostino holds a B.A. in political science and Spanish from St. John Fisher College and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In addition to his work in international education, he is co-author (with Richard Hillman) of Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: the Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective, Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean, and Understanding Contemporary Latin America.
Harris, who joined the HWS faculty in 1974, teaches a range of internationally-oriented courses in sociology, often focusing on Vietnam. Among his many academic experiences abroad, Harris has served as the core director of World Regional Geography for the Semester at Sea Program, twice directed the London, England Semester Abroad Program, twice directed the Vietnam Semester Abroad Program, directed the Rome, Italy Semester Abroad Program, and directed the Social Entrepreneurship program through ThinkImpact in Panama.
Harris’ research focuses on men and masculinity in Vietnam and the experience of Vietnamese as they go through massive economic and social change. As an applied sociologist, Harris consults with local governments across the United States on business process reengineering, change management, and municipal information technology. He holds a B.A. from Tulane University and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.