2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s Mejdulene B. Shomali receives Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship for research on gender and sexuality in transnational Arab culture

“Most people don’t know there are twenty-two countries in the Arab league. These countries share Arabic as the primary national language. Many are Muslim-majority nations,” shares Shomali. “Many, but not all.” She notes, “There is great linguistic, cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity within the Arab world.” Continue reading UMBC’s Mejdulene B. Shomali receives Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship for research on gender and sexuality in transnational Arab culture

From lab to museum, new UMBC grads show the powerful impact of original research

Student passion guided by faculty support is part of the fabric of UMBC. Four students’ stories, from Asian studies to biological sciences, shed light on how this winning combination makes possible big breakthroughs. Continue reading From lab to museum, new UMBC grads show the powerful impact of original research

National “Humanities for All” initiative features innovative work by UMBC scholars

“Public-engaged humanities are essential to UMBC’s vision, specifically its commitment to civic engagement and social justice,” says Nicole King. “It is essential for our students to show up and to listen to the neighborhoods and communities that surround the university in ways that are honest, respectful, and ethical.” Continue reading National “Humanities for All” initiative features innovative work by UMBC scholars

New UMBC initiative celebrates exceptional faculty dedication to teaching and scholarship

UMBC’s Office of the Provost has launched a university-wide initiative to celebrate faculty who go above and beyond as educators, scholars, and leaders on campus and in their fields. This initiative strives to highlight tenure-track junior faculty, lecturers, and adjunct, research, and clinical faculty whose work is essential to UMBC’s success. Continue reading New UMBC initiative celebrates exceptional faculty dedication to teaching and scholarship

UMBC Shriver Center explores civil disobedience and social justice fifty years after Catonsville Nine

“The Catonsville Nine’s protest is one of the most significant acts of war resistance in our nation’s history, and it happened just down the road from UMBC fifty years ago this May,” says Joby Taylor, director of the Shriver Peaceworker Program. Continue reading UMBC Shriver Center explores civil disobedience and social justice fifty years after Catonsville Nine

UMBC’s Michelle R. Scott receives the 2017 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

“The Griffin sisters article was an opportunity for me to reveal the often forgotten women who did civil rights work,” says Scott. What does it mean when you study WWII and you leave women off, or even the construction of a Civil Rights Act and add the word sex to it? The narrative changes and it must be told.” Continue reading UMBC’s Michelle R. Scott receives the 2017 Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize

George Derek Musgrove launches book at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“Our hope is that people of goodwill will look at the lessons of D.C. history and use them to guide some of their activism,” says Musgrove.“We think it is a good guide for future action for making a better city, something really democratic of the alleged capital of the free world.” Continue reading George Derek Musgrove launches book at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

Nine distinguished faculty and alumni shared their stories at GRIT-X, a TED talk-style event during UMBC’s Homecoming that took listeners “from outer space to inner space, from a makerspace to the classroom, from black holes in the universe to a pacemaker for the brain.” Continue reading GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

UMBC faculty offer context and analysis on major policy issues, from self-government in D.C. to healthcare

UMBC professors share their research-based reflections on current events in popular media. Recently, humanities and social sciences faculty Derek Musgrove, Christy Ford Chapin, and John Rennie Short have weighed in on topics from Washington D.C.’s long struggle over self-government, to the feasibility of Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal, to decisions over where to host the Olympic Games. Continue reading UMBC faculty offer context and analysis on major policy issues, from self-government in D.C. to healthcare

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Christy Ford Chapin begins Library of Congress fellowship, continuing history faculty’s trend of research achievement

Chapin loves how historians seek answers buried in documents, archives, museums, libraries, basements, attics and forgotten filing cabinets. “I was really intimidated by the research aspect early on in my graduate career, but then I fell in love with the hunt for primary sources and the process of putting together pieces of the evidence puzzle,” she says. Continue reading Christy Ford Chapin begins Library of Congress fellowship, continuing history faculty’s trend of research achievement

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Christy Ford Chapin recalls lost history of the U.S. health care system in New York Times op-ed

“Historians can use narrative to explain seemingly complex issues, add nuance to national conversations, and highlight overlooked facts,” says Christy Ford Chapin—all of which she does in her award-winning book about health care in the United States. Continue reading Christy Ford Chapin recalls lost history of the U.S. health care system in New York Times op-ed

UMBC announces largest-ever group of Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity will soon begin a two-year experience focused on growing their research and refining their teaching skills through professional development opportunities and working closely with faculty mentors. Continue reading UMBC announces largest-ever group of Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

Denise Meringolo examines the relationship between public history and civic engagement in new article

“By identifying experiments in community-based education…we can open up more nuanced critical perspectives on the intersections among teaching, learning, and community development,” writes Meringolo, an associate professor of history. Continue reading Denise Meringolo examines the relationship between public history and civic engagement in new article

Amy Froide examines the role of women investors in England’s financial revolution on WYPR

“Collectively, female investors enabled Britain’s rise to a military, economic, and colonial power in the 1700s, and women’s capital was a critical component of British imperialism,” explains Froide, acting chair and associate professor of history. Continue reading Amy Froide examines the role of women investors in England’s financial revolution on WYPR

Baltimore Stories concluding event, December 3, 2016. Photo by Abnet Shiferaw '11 for UMBC.

Baltimore Stories final event focuses on listening to communities, strengthening coalitions

“Now more than ever, it is crucial to consider the role of coalitions, forged across boundaries, in practicing public humanities and supporting the work of active and engaged communities,” said Dresher Center Director Jessica Berman, at the event. Continue reading Baltimore Stories final event focuses on listening to communities, strengthening coalitions

UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

“What I loved about this year’s class is that they threw themselves into the process early,” says Brian Souders. “They really got into the spirit of Fulbright, which is all about cultural exchange.” Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars to serve as teachers and researchers around the world, from Moldova to Malaysia

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George Derek Musgrove reflects on the surprisingly brief history of D.C.’s presidential primary

June 14 marked the 60th anniversary of Washington D.C.’s first presidential primary. George Derek Musgrove, associate professor of history, joined WAMU Radio to discuss why it took so long for the nation’s capital to have a say in presidential politics. Continue reading George Derek Musgrove reflects on the surprisingly brief history of D.C.’s presidential primary

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UMBC historian says President Obama’s visit to Japan could have a lasting impact on his legacy

As President Obama prepared for his historic trip to Japan and Vietnam, Constantine Vaporis wrote a powerful op-ed for The Conversation, calling the trip “a key opportunity to showcase the power of remembrance and reconciliation.” Continue reading UMBC historian says President Obama’s visit to Japan could have a lasting impact on his legacy

UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Thousands of supporters gathered to celebrate the tremendous achievements of the Class of 2016, nearly 2,000 strong, at UMBC’s commencement ceremonies, held May 18-19. Moving speeches served as a powerful reminder of the value and impact of a UMBC degree. Continue reading UMBC honors Class of 2016, adding nearly 2,000 new members to the Retriever alumni family

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work