Tessa Lowinske Desmond
First-Generation College Student Support
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.