New Paltz hires visiting assistant professor of Black Studies to begin in January 2016

SUNY New Paltz has announced the appointment of Cruz Bueno as visiting assistant professor of Black Studies. Bueno is taking an 18-month leave of absence from Siena College of Loudonville, N.Y., where she was assistant professor of Economics. Bueno has also taught at Central Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Ph. D in Economics.

Bueno will begin her temporary appointment at the start of the spring 2016 Semester. She will teach Black Studies courses, advise and mentor students and assist with the department’s curriculum review. Bueno will also become the first professor to reside in the faculty apartment in the new Ridgeview Hall. While living in the residence hall, she will provide programming to student residents on topics of her choosing.

Bueno has presented at a number of regional and national professional conferences on subjects including gender violence and poverty, often in the context of research based in the Dominican Republic and other Latin American and Caribbean nations.

Many of the courses Bueno has taught have focused on the centrality of individual people to any complete understanding of economics, as she challenges students to approach economics as means of evaluating strategies for improving the human condition.