Binghamton University Professor honored with ‘distinguished’ rank


    Thomas O’Connor, professor of Spanish at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has been promoted to distinguished professorship, a tenured University ranking that is conferred for consistently extraordinary accomplishment.

    The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced 11 such appointments last week. Recipients are nominated for this honor by their campus presidents for having achieved national or international prominence and an established reputation in their field of expertise.

    O’Connor, who joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1988, has achieved national and international recognition for excellence in the field of Spanish Golden Age studies.

     He has been a major force in furthering and enriching the study of Spanish classical theater.

    “Professor O’Connor’s ability to take mythological lessons as written about in the works of Agustín de Salazar y Torres (1636-1675) and Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) and write about them in a manner that emphasizes their relevance to the human condition as it exists today is a remarkable feat,” Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur wrote in her nomination letter. “…He has eloquently accomplished this feat, and in doing so has exposed new generations to the importance of these extraordinary representations of human passion and love.”

     O’Connor has written two major books, five critical editions with introductions and more than 50 articles for scholarly journals. He previously taught at Kansas State, Texas A&M and the State University College at Cortland.

    O’Connor, who did his undergraduate work at Iona College, holds master’s and doctoral degrees in Spanish from the University at Albany.

    He lives in Vestal, NY.

Last Updated: 9/17/13