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Faculty and Staff


belasco Warren Belasco
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (History), University of Michigan
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Fine Arts 544
Teaching Areas: popular and material culture, cultural history, environmental studies
Research Interests: food, future studies, cultural history
Tamara Bhalla Tamara Bhalla
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (English Language and Literature), University of Michigan
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Fine Arts 545D
Teaching Areas: Asian American literary and cultural studies, post-1965 narratives of immigration to the United States, multiethnic literatures
Research Interests: South Asian American and diasporic literature and culture, Asian American literature and culture, reading communities and book clubs, and literary reception
Kathy Scales Bryan
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. (American Studies), University of Maryland, College Park
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Fine Arts 541
Teaching Areas: education and cultural transmission, childhood and family, cultural and intellectual history
Research Interests: education history and policy, curriculum transformation, gender equity in education, cultural conflict and transformation, literature and society
Michael Casiano
Assistant Professor 
Ph.D. (American Studies), University of Maryland, College Park
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Fine Arts 546
Teaching Areas:  twentieth-century urban history, Baltimore history, cultural studies, African-American history, public humanities, engaged scholarship
Research Interests: carceral studies, urban history, black studies, gender & sexuality studies, critical race & ethnic studies
Sarah Fouts
Assistant Professor 
Ph.D. (Latin American Studies), Tulane University
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Fine Arts 545-C
Teaching Areas: labor, migration, transnationalism, food studies, ethnography
Research Interests: urban studies, food studies, New Orleans, labor, social justice, Honduras-U.S., accompaniment methodology, transnationalism
Nicole King
Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D. (American Studies), University of Maryland, College Park
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Fine Arts 545B
Teaching Areas: cultural studies, public history, urban studies (Baltimore)
Research Interests: place and identity, economic development, travel and tourism, urban studies (especially Baltimore)
Patrice McDermott
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (American Studies), University of Maryland, College Park
Current Position: Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Administration 1001
Teaching Areas: 20th – 21st century cultural history, multicultural and cross-cultural studies, gender studies, identity theory, culture theory
Research Interests: discourse analysis, mass media and publishing, sociology of knowledge, contemporary social movements
Ashley Minner
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. [ABD] (American Studies), University of Maryland, College Park; MFA (Community Arts), Maryland Institute College of Art
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Fine Arts 542
Teaching Areas: folklore, cultural studies, museum scholarship and material culture, American Indian studies, community art, public humanities
Research Interests: folklore, cultural studies, community studies, place and identity, thing theory, the everyday
eorser-thumb W. Edward Orser
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (American Studies), University of New Mexico
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Fine Arts 544
Teaching Areas: community and urban studies, local history and Baltimore area, 20th – 21st century American society and culture, environmental studies
Research Interests: community studies, racial change, environment


Shenita Denson
Graduate Assistant
Ph.D. Student (Language, Literacy, and Culture), University of Maryland Baltimore County
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Fine Arts 561
Teaching Areas: public speaking, interpersonal communication, interactional dialogues, multicultural competency, performance, first-year writing
Research Interests: empowering self-narratives, spaces, resiliency, methods of coping, reframed identities, storytelling
Erin Minnigh
Administrative Assistant II
Fine Arts 545A