Patrice Franko, the Goldfarb Center’s director and the Grossman Professor of Economics and Global Studies, is an expert on Latin American economics and security, Brazil, the economics of globalization, and corporate social responsibility. She has written four books, numerous articles and papers, and four editions of her textbook, The Puzzle of Economic Development in Latin America. She also has robust public speaking experience and was awarded a Fulbright 2012 to Brazil. Over the years, Professor Franko has taken on many roles at Colby. She was a founding member of the Latin American Studies Program as well as the Goldfarb Center. She has chaired Economics and our Oak Human Rights Institute. After seven years as director of the Global Studies major, she will return to the Goldfarb Center, this time, as its director.
Professor of Education
Director, Education Program
Adam Howard is an expert in social class issues in education, schooling and affluent youth, and curriculum theory. He has published numerous articles and papers on social class issues in education. In 2014, Professor Howard began working on a global ethnography on the self-understanding of students attending elite secondary schools. He often collaborates with student researchers in his studies, for example, his last book, Negotiating Privilege and Identity in Educational Contexts, included 23 student co-authors. We’re excited to draw on his experience to help develop our Student Engagement board and create active programming for the Goldfarb Center this coming year.
Amanda Cooley, the Goldfarb Center’s assistant director, is responsible for the center’s operations and communications efforts. This includes coordinating Goldfarb Center events, supporting faculty and student programmatic initiatives, organizing the efforts of the Goldfarb Student Engagement Committee, and creating systems and policies to enhance the center’s infrastructure. She has earned two master’s degrees from Husson University — one in business and one in human relations. Most recently working for her alma mater, she held positions in fundraising, advancement communications, and university communications.
Kim joined the Goldfarb Center in Fall 2015 as the administrative secretary, providing support for all aspects of the center’s programming. In addition, Kim supports the Government and Anthopology departments, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Social Sciences Division.