Grossman Professor of Economics
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 grant in 2012 to pursue research interests in Brazil. Over the years, Professor Franko has taken on many roles at Colby. She was a founding member of the Latin American Studies Program and the Goldfarb Center and has chaired the Economics Department, the Oak Human Rights Institute, and the Colby Global Studies major.
Assistant Professor of Government
Carrie LeVan is an expert on voter mobilization and social networks and their role in affecting the participation of individuals from varying socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds. Her recent journal publication titled “Neighborhoods that Matter: How Place and People Affect Political Participation” is part of a larger project that examines the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and civic engagement. Specifically, she explores how both the physical design and racial/ethnic/class composition of one’s neighborhood impacts neighbor-to-neighbor contact and how these neighborly interactions subsequently affect one’s propensity to participate in politics and one’s attitudes towards racial/ethnic minorities and the poor. We’re excited to draw on her experience to help develop our Student Engagement board and create active programming for the Goldfarb Center.
Sherry Berard, the Goldfarb Center’s Assistant Director is responsible for planning and coordinating Goldfarb Center events and overseeing the Goldfarb Student Engagement Committee as well as the Center’s internal and public-facing marketing and communications, including event promotion and campus outreach, the launch and awareness growth of Between Truth and Error, and coverage of the Center’s Washington D.C. JanPlan internship. She holds an MBA from Thomas College and has spent the last 19 years working at Colby.
Julia M. Bruno
Julia Bruno supports the administrative operations for the Goldfarb Center in addition to the departments of Government, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies. She holds an MA from Boston University in Urban Affairs and has worked in higher education for several years at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and School of Medicine as well as the Tufts University Office of the Provost.