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mattevanMatthew Evangelista is chair of the board of Ithaca City of Asylum. He is also President White Professor of History and Political Science in the Department of Government at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where he teaches courses in international and comparative politics. He received his undergraduate degree in Russian history and literature from Harvard, a certificate in Russian language from the Pushkin Institute in Moscow, and his MA and PhD in government from Cornell. Professor Evangelista is the author of five books: Innovation and the Arms Race (1988); Unarmed Forces: The Transnational Movement to End the Cold War (1999); The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union? (2002); Law, Ethics, and the War on Terror (2008); and Gender, Nationalism, and War: Conflict on the Movie Screen (2011). He has served on the editorial board of Cornell University Press and journals, including World Politics and International Organization, and as chair of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. His current research interests include international humanitarian law, separatist movements, and gender and conflict.

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Kate Kleinworks as a writer and editor for Cornell University Alumni Affairs and Development. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she writes novels, acts in local plays, and likes exploring the Ithaca area by hiking, cycling, and skiing. She has served on the ICOA board since 2013. 

 

Susan Tarrow, ICOA treasurer, received her MA in French and German from Oxford University, and her PhD in French and Italian from Cornell University, after stints at UC Berkeley and Yale. She has taught courses in advanced composition, on Camus and contemporary French fiction, on French and Francophone cultures, and Francophone literature of the Maghreb. She has published on Camus, on Maghrebian and “beur” literature, and on Primo Levi. From 1985-2005, she was associate director of Cornell’s Institute for European Studies. In her retirement, she works on translation from French, writes articles for a local newsletter, and travels widely. She is currently treasurer of the ICOA board, and organizes volunteer translators and interpreters working for Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, a non-profit group coordinating resettlement of refugees under the umbrella of Catholic Charities.

David Guaspari, who joined the board in 2004, has served as secretary, treasurer, vice chair, and chair. He has a PhD in pure mathematics from Cambridge University and has taught at Cambridge, SUNY Buffalo, UC Berkeley, Texas Tech, St. John’s College, and Cornell. He came to Ithaca in 1984 to join a computer science research company. Now a full-time writer, he has published, in addition to technical papers, fiction, essays, journalism, and reviews, and has had short plays performed throughout the country.

Robert Colley, who joined the ICOA board in 2017, is retired from Syracuse University and lives on a farm in Fabius, New York, with his family and various animals and gardens. He is the founding editor of Stone Canoe, A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary, and publisher of Standing Stone Books. He is a published writer and photographer and has served on various arts-related boards, including the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, The Y Arts Board of the Greater Syracuse YMCA, and the Community Folk Art Center. His other interests include sailing, tennis, and music.

Edward Hower has published eleven books and writings in Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Smithsonian, American Scholar, Southern Review, Epoch, Five Points, and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as two Fulbright Grants to India. In Uganda, he taught at a camp for Sudanese refugees; he has also taught at Cornell, Ithaca College, Duke University, University of North Carolina, and Auburn Correctional Facility. He has been an ICOA board member since 2008.

Brenna Fitzgerald is a writer, editor, cultural educator, and yoga teacher. She works as Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Cornell Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. She holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing from University of Arizona as well as a B.A. in history, with concentrations in visual studies and Asian studies, from Cornell University and an M.A. in critical film studies from University of Southern California. Her writing has been published in Creative Nonfiction, Ars Medica, Signs of Life, The Ithaca Times, and an anthology of travel writing called The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports From Travelers Under 35. Currently, Brenna serves as the ICOA secretary and has been on the Board since 2016 and the ICOA Publications Subcommittee since 2017.

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