Assistant Dean Porfirio added to Tulane University’s Spring Speaker Series

Vin PorfirioAssistant Dean Vincent Porfirio will present his research, “Mobile-ity in the Western Cape: The Power of the Cell Phone on Gender & Identity,” as a part of the spring speaker series at Tulane University's Payson Center for International Development in New Orleans, Louisiana. The study is based on Porfirio’s findings from a visit to South Africa in 2009, where he spent the summer via Harvard University’s Center of International Development through the Albert N. Husted Fellowship.

Along with the Ministry of Education and the United Nations, Porfirio was part of a team that worked on technology integration within educational settings. The use of mobile telephones has dramatically increased in South Africa in recent years and Porfirio’s research explored the impact of telecommunications use within developing nations.

The Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University combines academic degree programs with internships and project-related employment in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Faculty and students work to improve the quality of life of the world's most vulnerable populations in less economically developed countries.

For additional information about the Payson Center for International Development and Porfirio’s presentation visit: http://www.payson.tulane.edu/