Donald Norris, School of Public Policy, Analyzes Martin O’Malley’s Presidential Campaign

In the days surrounding the official launch of Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign last month, Donald Norris, director of the School of Public Policy, was interviewed by several local and national news outlets to provide context and analysis for O’Malley’s bid for the White House.

Donald NorrisIn The Guardian, Norris discussed O’Malley’s chances for capturing the Democratic nomination. “He’s very smart. He’s very hard working. And he knows how to campaign,” said Norris. “And those three characteristics can overcome a lot of deficits.” He added: “I think he thinks that there is a shot. What that shot is, he’s got to understand, is a very, very long shot, and depends, really, on Hillary Clinton making mistakes, and making enough mistakes or a big enough mistake that it derails her.”

In the Washington Post, Norris commented on O’Malley’s policy position in recent weeks urging more spending and investment in America’s cities. “The problem is that it is politically unsalable,” Norris said, stating it could face a skeptical audience in a larger general election.

In Washington Jewish Week (subscription required), Norris said that O’Malley has a long road ahead to the nomination. “If you think about the possibilities out there in the Republican and Democratic parties, there just aren’t very many,” he said. “I think O’Malley is positioning himself to be the recipient of a movement away from Hillary from her supporters in case she does stumble.”

Norris was also interviewed by the Baltimore Sun about the impact of the recent unrest in Baltimore on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s re-election bid. “The word on the street, as they say, is the mayor’s performance during and immediately after the riot in the city has really hurt her and that she is vulnerable should a credible candidate come forward,” he said.

The Shriver Center Launches the 2015 Public Service Scholars Programs


The 2015 Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs have all been kicked off within the last several weeks. This year’s programs, The Governor’s Summer Internship Program (GSIP), the Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program and MDOT Fellows Program have participants from institutions across the state of Maryland. With all of the programs, students are mentored by senior-level officials in government agencies and nonprofits across the state.

DSC_2614The Governor’s Summer Internship Program introduces college students to the unique challenges and rewards of working within Maryland state government. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer in state government agencies doing substantive tasks ranging from drafting speeches and correspondence to researching policy options and assisting with constituent case work. Students develop policy papers on a significant issue facing Maryland and present their findings to the governor at the end of the summer. The program is led by the Shriver Center in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program offers summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector to college juniors, seniors and graduate students attending Maryland institutions. Interns work for ten weeks during the summer and participate in bi-weekly seminars in non-profit management. The Shriver Center coordinates the program in conjunction with the Office of the Governor.

DSC_2605The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Fellows Program introduces college students to working within Maryland’s integrated transportation system. Interns work in policy development, engineering, planning and financing, neighborhood conservation, and computer networking, among other areas. The Shriver Center leads the program in conjunction with Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

Several UMBC students are participants in this year’s programs. The complete list is below, along with the intern’s mentors. To learn more about the Shriver Center Public Service Scholars Programs, click here.

Governor’s Summer Internship Program

Amy Hoffman
Major: Health Administration/Public Policy, Biology
Mentor: Mona Gahunia
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Evan Leiter-Mason
Major: Political Science, Economics
Mentor: Shawn Settles
Director of Administration
Office of Health Care Quality
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Jeremy Matthews
Major: Financial Economics, Spanish
Mentor: Seth Shuldiner
Investment Analyst
Maryland Venture Fund
Department of Business and Economic Development

Ellis Zapas
Major: Political Science, Ancient Studies
Mentor: Jon Enriquez
Director of Research and Policy Analysis
Office of Research and Policy Analysis
Maryland Higher Education Commission

Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program

Emma Chaplin
Major: Social Work
Mentor: Beverly Clarke
Director of Project
The Barker Adoption Foundation

Jennifer Helt 
Major: Asian Studies
Mentor: Aaron Heinsman
Director of Development
Maryland Humanities Council

Nolan O’Toole 
Major: Economics
Mentor: Emily Ranson
Advocacy Coordinator
Bike Maryland

Rosa Rada
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, Food Policy
Mentor: Laura Flamm
Baltimarket and Food Access Coordinator
Baltimarket, Baltimore City Health Department

Cheyenne Smith 
Major: Biological Sciences
Mentor: Jennifer Pelton
Director of Development
Public Justice Center

MDOT Fellows Program

Rebecca Coates 
Major: Applied Statistics
Mentor: Philip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Transit Administration

Theophilus Aluko 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Phillip Sullivan
Chief Performance Officer
Maryland Aviation Administration

Waleed Waris 
Major: Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Michael J. Walk
Director of Service Development
Maryland Transit Administration

Clifford Murphy, American studies, Examines Country Music’s Misogyny and Centralization in The Conversation

Clifford MurphyLast week, country radio promoter Keith Hill made a controversial comment about female singers that many decried as an example of country music’s misogynistic politics. In an article for The Conversation, Clifford Murphy, an ethnomusicologist and adjunct lecturer of American studies, provides a broader context, writing that the comments show how the centralization of country music has helped create a misogynistic environment.

Murphy describes how women have had a long history in country music, but often have a difficult with the country music industry when they go against expectations of female country stars. “The popularity of female country stars threatens Nashville’s obsession with defining…what is country music, and what country music is,” he writes.

Murphy also points to the centralization of country music as contributing to the problem of misogyny as it gives a few industry insiders the power to silence outspoken artists. He gives the example of the backlash against the Dixie Chicks when they criticized then President George W. Bush. “Popular, powerful women in country music voiced a political opinion that may have resounded with many of their loyal fans, but ran counter to the conservative politics of country music’s brand. Their resulting disappearance from country radio was nothing short of political censorship,” he notes.

Click here to read “Keith Hill’s comments about women in country music cut far deeper than misogyny” in The Conversation.

Maurice Berger, CADVC, Latest “Race Story” in The New York Times

In the latest essay for his Race Stories column in The New York Times, Maurice Berger, research professor at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, examines the work of Charles “Teenie” Harris, an African American staff photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier from the 1930s through the 1970s. Now held in the archives of the Carnegie Museum of Art, a selection of 80,000 images by Harris are now on display in “Teenie Harris Photographs: Cars,” second in a series of exhibitions that began with “Teenie Harris Photographs: Civil Rights Perspectives.” The museum “asked writers — including poets, playwrights and historians — to respond to ‘the social, cultural, and political content’ of Mr. Harris’s photos,” notes Berger.

Read “Past and Present Collide in Pittsburgh” and view the photographs at The New York Times Lens blog.

Berger’s Race Stories column, which appears monthly on The New York Times website, is “a continuing exploration of the relationship of race to photographic portrayals of race.”

American Studies and Media and Communication Studies Students Produce Radio Series for The Marc Steiner Show

As part of the Baltimore Traces: Communities in Transition project, several American studies and media and communication studies students produced a radio series about two Baltimore neighborhoods in transition: Greektown and Station North. Baltimore Traces is an interdisciplinary project and collaborative teaching innovation that produces audio and video oral histories focused on Baltimore residents and neighborhoods.

On Friday, May 22, the radio series aired on WEAA’s The Marc Steiner Show. Bill Shewbridge, professor of the practice of media and communication studies, worked with students in Michelle Stefano’s class, a visiting assistant professor of American studies, to produce an audio journey through the East Baltimore neighborhood of Greektown. The project brought students into the neighborhood where they conducted interviews with local residents and workers to explore the identity, history, and complexity of the community.

Businesses on Eastern Avenue in Greektown. Photo by Marouane Hail.

Businesses on Eastern Avenue in Greektown. Photo by Marouane Hail.

Students in Nicole King’s class, an associate professor of American studies, produced a three-part series on Station North. The students conducted several interviews to get a sense of a neighborhood that has been undergoing a great deal of transition. In one of the segments, a student captured audio at Red Emma’s Coffeehouse as workers fed school children and provided a safe place for the community the day after the Monday, April 27 unrest in Baltimore.

To listen to the complete audio segments, click below:
UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Greektown in Transition
UMBC Students Present Baltimore Traces: Station North in Transition

The Baltimore Traces project is ongoing and expanded in the spring 2015 as part of a Hrabowski Innovation Grant, “Baltimore Stories: Emerging Media Across the Curriculum.” Previous collaborations as part of the project include Mill Stories (Michelle Stefano and Bill Shewbridge) and Mapping Baybrook (Nicole King and Steve Bradley). There is a public event scheduled for June 2 focusing on Brooklyn-Curtis Bay and Sparrows Point that will feature members of the two communities who will discuss the challenges they face and possible futures. For more information, click here.

Shari Waldstein, Psychology, Named Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016

Shari WaldsteinShari Waldstein, professor of psychology, has been named the Lipitz Professor for 2015-2016. This professorship is supported by an endowment created by Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation “to recognize and support innovative and distinguished teaching and research in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.”

A clinical psychologist who specializes in cardiovascular behavioral medicine and medical neuropsychology, Dr. Waldstein is known internationally for fundamental contributions to the understanding of the links among early, multi-level risk factors for cardiovascular disease, sub-clinical brain pathology, neurocognitive performance, and their development across the lifespan. In recent years she has increasingly focused on identifying the multi-level mechanisms underlying race and socioeconomic status-related disparities in cardiovascular and brain health.

Since coming to UMBC, she has been awarded more than $6,000,000 in grants and contracts. Dr. Waldstein’s contributions to the profession of psychology are numerous. She has served for 18 years as director of the behavioral medicine track in our human services psychology Ph.D. program and has mentored 22 Ph.D. students. She also works closely with colleagues at UMB, where she holds a secondary faculty appointment as professor of medicine. For more information about her work, click here.

CAHSS Faculty Research Awards and Fellowships Announced for 2015-2016


The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has announced its faculty research fellowships for the summer and upcoming academic year. The complete list can be found below.

CAHSS Research Fellowships: These fellowships, available to tenured associate professors and full professors, support outstanding research and creative activity by permitting release time for one semester to focus on scholarship. Preference is given to associate professors preparing for promotion review in subsequent academic years. Recipients for 2015-16 are:

  • Terry Bouton, History: “Foreign Founders: How European Financiers Helped Write the U.S. Constitution”
  • Kathy O’Dell, Visual Arts: “The Dot: A Small History of a Big Point”
  • Michele Osherow, English: “Staging Shakespeare at the Folger”
  • Elaine Rusinko, Modern Languages, Linguistics, & Intercultural Communication: “Andy Warhol’s Mother”

CAHSS Dean’s Research Awards: These grants, new in spring 2015 and to be available twice each year, are awarded through a competitive process and recommended by the faculty members who comprise the CAHSS Research Advisory Committee. The inaugural recipients are

  • Linda Baker, Psychology: “What Factors Contribute to the Academic Success of College Students with a Reading Disability”
  • Piotr Gwiazda, English: “Translation of Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wroblewski
  • Tyson King-Meadows, Political Science & Africana Studies: “Racial Priming and Support for Congressional Action to Address Income Inequality”
  • Susan McDonough, History: “Vile Sluts and Gassy Whores: Prostitutes in the Medieval Mediterranean”
  • Susan McCully, Theatre: “Production of Kerrmoor – a new play by Susan McCully”
  • Calla Thompson, Visual Arts: “Interviews with Lesbian and Gay Activists Regarding 1981 Riots and Aftermath”

MIPAR/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Amy Froide, History: “Eighteenth Century England’s Charitable Corporation:  A Cautionary Tale of Microfinance, Fraud, and Government Bailouts”
  • Nancy Miller, Public Policy: “Facilitators and Barriers to State Provision of Medicaid Community-based Long-term Services and Supports for Children, Youth and Adults with Significant Mental Health Conditions”

Dresher Center for the Humanities/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Michael Nance, Philosophy: “Anarchy, Legitimacy, and Economic Planning in Fichte’s Jena Political Philosophy”
  • Piotr Gwiazda, English: “Translation of Zero Visibility: Poems by Grzegorz Wróblewski”
  • Nicoleta Bazgan, Modern Languages, Linguistics, & Intercultural Communication, “Parisiennes: City Women in French Cinema”

Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA)/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Brian Kaufman, Music: “El Sistema and Music for Social Change”
  • Peggy Re, Visual Arts: “Design, Desire and Consumption: Contemporary American Textiles, Contemporary American Wallpaper and American Containers and Packaging”

Imaging Research Center/CAHSS Summer Faculty Research Fellowships:

  • Kate Brown, History: “Mapping Contours of Community”
  • Matt Baker, Geography & Environmental Systems, and Tim Nohe, Visual Arts: “Urban Forest Stewardship Projects”
  • Lisa Moren, Visual Arts, and Marcus Zupan, Engineering, “Monuments Baltimore”

Hrabowski Innovation Grants:

  • Nicole King, American Studies, and Bill Shewbridge, Media & Communication Studies: “Baltimore Stories: Emerging Media Across the Curriculum”