Division of Social Sciences and Business
Gaelyn’s work falls under the broad heading of performative anthropology, an area of interest that looks to performance both as the way in which people experience the quotidian aspects of their lives, and the method by which the ethnographer produces knowledge about those experiences. Before she was an anthropologist, Gaelyn was an independent filmmaker who worked with a diverse range of transnational communities to produce documentaries that profiled individuals, organizations, and issues that lacked access to popular support and conventional media outlets. She has carried out fieldwork in the U.S., México, Greece, and the Republic of Macedonia, where (as a Fulbright Fellow) she conducted research on dance and the cultural politics of national identity. Since earning her doctorate from the University of Southern California, she has turned her attention to the encounters and articulations between Greater México and the United States.
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.
Sheena Bunnell teaches courses in Business Economics with an emphasis on application in applied quantitative research, healthcare, consumer trends, and current economic events. Her classes are interactive and engage students in real world business applications that focus on international and domestic markets. Business goes beyond borders and understanding global interdependence is vital for future enterepreneurs and financiers whether they are working for their own small business or a Fortune 500 company . For example, in Consumer Behavior students learn the importance of business to consumer relations and engage in the understanding of the U.S. consumer as they navigate the $16 Trillion U.S. economy. She works collaboratively with students on healthcare research projects and supervises student internships. Her passion for teaching is like her passion for gardening where it is very fulfilling to watch a student grow and blossom.
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.
My academic interests include management, marketing and entrepreneurship, particularly in the tourism and hospitality sector. I teach in the Outdoor Recreation Business Administration (ORBA), Business-Economics and other business-related programs at UMF. My courses include marketing principles, social media maarketing, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, resort managment, hospitality management and tourism / service operations management. I enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, xc-skiing, and just being outdoors.
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.
Wendy Harper teaches courses in environmental economics and finance. Her research interests include local sustainable development and local agriculture. She is involved students in her research in the Rangeley Lakes region investigating the impact of tourism and land use change. This work was funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Students in her classes have presented work that investigates food insecurity on campus, in the community and in the state and nation. She is currently engaged with other interested scholars to increase financial literacy on campus. In her free time, she is a long-distance runner.
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.
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.
Matt McCourt is a cultural geographer with a background in GIS and community planning. He teaches courses on landscape, planning, GIS, geographic concepts and globalization. Matt's current research with the UMF/Rangeley Sustainability Project (funded by the Maine Sustainability Solutions Initiative) involves working with students and community partners to understand how people take care of their local economies, cultures and ecological communities. Matt and his students use surveys and participatory mapping techniques in the field, create beautiful web and paper maps with GIS, programming tools and graphics applications, and present their research at regional and national conferences. Matt is also working on a book project applying active learning strategies to the study of North American landscapes.
Jim Melcher was born and raised in Madison, WI, one of America's most politically active cities. His undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Geography are a reflection of his strong interest in the interactions between American politics, geography and history. He went on to write his doctoral dissertation on state political parties at the University of Minnesota, and was the last doctoral student of legendary parties scholar Frank Sorauf. He's taught at UMF since 1999 and teaches a wide range of courses on American politics, government and political thought. He also serves as pre-law adviser. He has become known throughout the University of Maine system for his work on the Maine Public Policy Scholars program, and has become a frequent "voice of the University" in his numerous interviews as a political expert with media both within and outside Maine. Jim and his wife Nancy Finnegan live in Augusta, ME.
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.
Dr. Mitchell has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He trained as an accountant and auditor with Ernst and Young in South Africa, after which he worked as a management consultant before joining academia. Prior to UMF he taught at two major South African Universities, where he taught both graduate and undergraduate Accounting and Finance. His PhD and primary research interests are in the field of Corporate Social and Environmental Reporting. He currently teaches on the Business Economics Program and the Outdoor Recreation Business Administration interdisciplinary programs at UMF.
Professor O'Brien chairs the Division of Social Science and Business. He is involved in campus leadership on issues as diverse as budgeting, enrollment management, academic strategy, judicial policy, information technology, university accreditation, and community college outreach. Previously the Coordinator of History Department, he helped overhaul the curriculum, revise the capstone project and launched a newsletter that helped students secure $35,000+ in research funding, along with internships and volunteer opportunities throughout the state and region. He has served on UMF’s honors council and currently serves on the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board and has been awarded research fellowships from Oregon State and Bowling Green State universities, and holds a Management Development certificate from Harvard. He is the author of several articles on the social and cultural history of the Cold War.
Dr. Jon Oplinger hails from northern Ohio. After military service — a period of long hikes in the Annamese Cordillera— Jon Oplinger returned to Kent State University to earn degrees in anthropology (MA) and Sociology (Ph D). Less official educational experiences include living in Peronist Argentina. Dr Oplinger has participated in archaeological excavations and surveys and has also published a monograph on the sociology of deviance. Oplinger Joined the UMF faculty in 1982 where he continues to lecture on both sociology and anthropology. Oplinger regards himself as primarily a teacher although he maintains a research interest in social institutions. Writing is an part of his life. He has co-authored a children’s book The Wicked Small People of Whiskey Bridge. His most recent scholarly work is included in a series of essays on deviance soon to be published by Bloomsbury Press. Oplinger continues to hike in calmer circumstances.
After finishing graduate school in 2010, Dr. Schoeppner taught for two years at the California Institute of Technology before coming to Farmington in the fall of 2013. His expertise is in legal history, the history of race, and the origins of the Civil War. He has presented his work at Harvard University, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Having finished his first book on the quarantining of black sailors in the antebellum South, he has just begun his second book project on the infamous Dred Scott decision. Besides history, Dr. Schoeppner also enjoys sports, traveling, and good food.
Anne Marie Wolf is a medieval historian and a dedicated teacher. She teaches both halves of Global History, several courses on Europe from the Roman period through the 17th century and several others, mostly on the Middle East and the Mediterranean world. She also teaches a 2-week travel course, Cultural History of Spain, in Spain in even-numbered years. Dr. Wolf specializes in late medieval Spain, especially interfaith (Christian-Jewish-Muslim) interactions there. Her recent book Juan de Segovia and the Fight for Peace: Christians and Muslims in the Fifteenth Century (Notre Dame Press, 2014) focuses on this Castilian theologian’s unconventional plea for peace and dialogue with the Turks rather than war. Her current research is in popular notions and practices of health, which she is exploring through an investigation of apothecaries and vernacular medical writing. For this, she has expanded her research into the Early Modern period.