International & Global Studies
Since joining the faculty in 2006, Linda Beck has developed several new courses that reflect her research interests, such as Political Activism and Advocacy in which students work on a service-learning project with one of Maine's many non-profit organizations. Linda has herself conducted research on social accountability in both Africa and Asia. She has also worked with Maine's environmental community, serving as president of the Maine Conservation Alliance. Her work on environmental issues in the US and overseas informs her newly developed course, Environmental Politics in Comparative Perspective. Linda has published various articles, chapters in edited volumes and a book on ethno-politics and democratization in Senegal (W. Africa), and has conducted research for various deveopment organizations such as the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Freedom House, and the International Budget Project.
Linda Britt teaches Spanish language and culture, creative writing, and workshops in literary translation. She holds a PhD in Peninsular Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia, where she wrote her dissertation on García Lorca. She has published on Lorca, Cervantes, and Carmen Naranjo, and two books of translations of Argentinean and Costa Rican fiction. Also a playwright, her play about Senator Margaret Chase Smith, “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington,” continues to tour venues in Maine. Selections from her collection of one-acts, “Americana,” have been performed in Maine and in New York. “Aiken Pond” received a staged reading in 2012 in Massachusetts, and "What If..." was the featured full-length play in the 2014 Maine Playwrights Festival. She wrote the book for "The Last Ferryman," a new musical in Stonington Maine in August, 2014. She is also a Moss Hart award-winning director with Out of the Box Theater Company.
Dr. Dalpour teaches courses in Business with an emphasis on strategy in business management, marketing, Human Resource Management and development. Waleck has traveled and worked worldwide as a business and management consultant. In addition to conducting lecture courses, Dr. Dalpour runs an annual seminar at the Universite du Maine at Lemans and Sorbonne University in France. He has also been cooperating with many universities in Turkey for a number of years. Waleck is currently a member of an international studies committee and has been involved as an advisor for International Studies and International Students. Dr. Dalpour was appointed as the Ambassador of International Trade for Governor Angus King and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Business M.B.A program at Southern New Hampshire University since 1992. Waleck’s area of interests for research fall within the realm of international business strategy.
Brad Dearden maintains interests in urbanization, development and the global economy, with regional specialties in Asia and Latin America. Jointly with UMF students, Brad initiated a fertility study in a Mayan community in Guatemala and works with several development organizations there. Brad has also researched urbanization and environmental processes in Islamic cities, and, using visual forms, assessed globalization processes in cities of developing regions. He is currently studying mental health and high suicide rates among women of reproductive age in Nepal. He completed a faculty exchange program at Beijing University of Technology and has participated in the Foreign Policy Speaker series sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. Brad serves on the International and Global Studies Council at UMF, and is a member of the Asian and Latin American specialty groups of the Association of American Geographers.
Scott Erb is a professor of Political Science, specializing in international relations, foreign policy and the European Union. Scott earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and has been at UMF since 1995. Scott’s research focus is on Germany and the EU, and he has published a book German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era (2003). His current research project involves investigating how the European Union can be a model for politics in the era of globalization. Scott is also active in the Honors Program, International Studies, and has participated in a number of travel courses to Italy, Austria and Germany.
Dr. Alireza Geshnizjani (Dr. Ali) joined UMF in 2011. His educational background is interdisciplinary: biology and public health with concentrations in statistics and health behavior theories. He has presented at several state and national conferences such as American Public Health Association and Indiana Public Health Association and published in several public health journals. His research focus is on chronic disease prevention by using theoretical and conceptual frameworks to design interventions and evaluation studies. His research projects are currently focused mainly on cancer prevention, college students’ sexual health and changing health behaviors in rural areas. He has taught a wide variety of courses such as human anatomy, animal biology, personal health, theories of health behavior, program planning, epidemiology, health communication and theories, intervention design, public health biology, and independent research courses.
Before becoming a historian, Hepler was a journalist, printer, and house builder. History was something she became excited about when she took a US History course at night at the University of Maine at Augusta, 15 years after she’d graduated from college. She's the author of Women in Labor: Mothers, Medicine, and Occupational Health in the US and other articles on women and workplace health. Turning to Maine history, she co-authored an article on "Downeast Divas," and is active in a variety of local history projects. she’s currently writing a book that examines the life of a librarian caught up in the 1950s anti-Communist movement. Historians, she feels, have a tremendous responsibility to ordinary people of the past who made a stand against fear. When not teaching at or commuting to UMF from her midcoast home, she messes about with boats at Rob's boatshop, and is an elected official. She is the 2014-5 UMF Trustee Professor.
Luke Kellett is a broadly trained professional archaeologist who has done fieldwork in the US Southwest and the Andean region of South America. As an anthropological archaeologist he is interested in the long-term interactions between humans, landscapes and the environment especially during periods of climate change. He has worked in museum and contract archaeology settings, as well as an archaeologist for the US Forest Service. Since 2002 he has conducted archaeological research in the Andahuaylas region of highland Peru where he is investigating the settlement ecology of the Chanka ethnic group during a period of drought and social upheaval (AD 1000-1400). Luke teaches several courses in the Culture, Meaning and Society (Anthropology) and Geography Programs and has led UMF travel courses to Peru and Newfoundland, Canada. He is also works as UMF's sustainability coordinator and loves to ski, hike, climb and travel internationally.
Nicole Kellett is an applied anthropologist whose research interests center on gender, economic development, medical anthropology, and political ecology. Although the bulk of her research has taken place in the Andean highlands of Peru, Nicole has also conducted research in the U.S. southwest, Belize, and has worked as a research consultant for AIDS and economic empowerment programs in Kenya and Uganda. Due to her international interests, Nicole teaches a number of courses that are cross-listed with International and Global Studies including: Gender, Development and Globalization; Medical Anthropology; Latin America: Cultures and Contexts; Cultural Ecology; and a two-week travel course to Peru. She also teaches upper-division theory and methods courses, among others. When not working with students or conducting research, Dr. Kellett enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends and international travel.
John is an economist and advocate for social justice. He has worked with informal vendors in Quito Ecuador and coffee growers in Mexico and Nicaragua. He led a student group to Chiapas Mexico on a research project investigating the impact of fair trade participation on childhood nutrition and education. Most recently he spent time in Matagalpa Nicaragua working with fair trade and traditional coffee growers and plans on returning with a student group. His course offerings include International Economic Development, International Trade and Finance and Behavioral Economics. When not in the classroom, John enjoys hiking, travelling and gardening.