Tessa Lowinske Desmond

Tessa Lowinske Desmond

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First-Generation College Student Support
Tessa Lowinske Desmond

I was born in rural Minnesota and raised by a single mother. We moved to Phoenix, Arizona when I was a teenager. I am a first generation college student and the first in my family to attend graduate school. I studied literature and women’s studies at Arizona State University, completed my master’s degree in Afro-American Studies, and my Ph.D. in American Literature both at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. My academic work focuses on contemporary multi-ethnic fiction, politics in literature, and food studies. At Harvard, I am the administrative director and lecturer for  Ethnicity, Migration, Rights (EMR) and the director of undergraduate study for Special Concentrations.  

I care about food and agricultural politics, love to garden, cook, can fruits and vegetables, and knit.  My husband, Matt, and I have two boys who you’re sure to see in the dining hall or biking around the Quad.  I look forward to meeting you!

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