SUNY Geneseo has named Bruno Renero-Hannan as its first SUNY PRODiG Fellow (Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth). Renero-Hannan’s two-year appointment as a visiting scholar in the anthropology department will be supported by a grant from the PRODiG (pronounced prodigy) initiative to recruit and retain faculty from historically underrepresented communities.
Renero-Hannan received an MA and PhD from the joint program in anthropology and history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA with honors in anthropology and philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests include Latin American history and culture, indigenous societies, oral history and testimony, political violence, social movements, prisons, migration, and popular religion. This year, Renero-Hannan will teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Classics of Ethnography, and Ethnography of Latin America and the Caribbean.
“My experience as a bilingual, bi-national, bi-cultural, and bi-disciplinary scholar can offer a unique contribution to this project,” said Renero-Hannan. “I am eager to form part of a community that values the connection between pedagogy, research, service, and diversity.”
Renero-Hannan’s doctoral dissertation, In the Wake of Insurgency: Testimony and the Politics of Memory and Silence in Oaxaca, approaches historical memory and silence as conceptual bridges through which to trace connections among different periods of political upheaval: indigenous activism and armed conflict in the Loxicha region of Oaxaca since the 1970s and a popular uprising led by teachers in Oaxaca City in 2006.
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Dr. Renero-Hannan to Geneseo,” said Stacey Robertson, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His voice, experiences, values, scholarship, and teaching will enrich our campus and I hope and expect he will find our community welcoming and supportive.”
The PRODiG fellowship initiative is a model program designed by SUNY to raise the pace of degree completion and build a more robust pipeline to the professoriate. Fellows can enhance their teaching skills and portfolios during their fellowship at a comprehensive SUNY campus. Personalized mentoring helps develop their pedagogical readiness for future faculty appointments in addition to support for their scholarship and research.
For more on the initiative, visit PRODiG Fellowship.