Since joining the faculty in 2006, Linda Beck has developed several new courses that reflect her research interests, such as Civic Engagement & Social Accountability 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 courses in Spanish language and culture, including 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 several articles on Lorca, Cervantes, and Carmen Naranjo, and two books of translations of Argentinean and Costa Rican fiction. Also a playwright, she has seen several productions of her works staged in recent years. Her play about Senator Margaret Chase Smith, “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington,” premiered in 2010 and is touring venues in Maine. Selections from her collection of one-acts, “Americana,” have been performed in Maine and in New York State, where she received an award for Excellence in Writing. Her most recent play, “Aiken Pond,” received a staged reading in 2012 in Massachusetts. She is also a Moss Hart Award-winning director with Out of the Box Theater.
Clint Bruce joined UMF in Fall 2013. His doctoral research focused on the transatlantic imagination as shaped by the Haitian Revolution, looking specifically at literary works from 19th-century France, Creole Louisiana, and 20th-century Haiti; he is currently working on a book manuscript entitled D’un Atlantique à l’autre : l’imagination anatopique après la Révolution haïtienne (From One Atlantic to Another: The Anatopic Imagination after the Haitian Revolution). A former Fulbright scholar to Canada, Clint has presented papers and published articles on the Acadian literature of the Maritime Provinces. He actively promotes the French-language literature of Louisiana; since 2003, he has been a member of the editorial board of the Éditions Tintamarre, a Louisiana-based press, and is also preparing for another publisher an Anthology of Civil War-Era Protest Poetry by Louisiana Creoles, with original translations into English.
She chairs the IGS major and is delighted to attract some of the most talented students on campus. She is a strong proponent of study abroad and nurturing bilateral exchanges with universities abroad.She has been interested in literary voices calling for social change and expressing the human condition at the margins of society. She is now focusing on regional and immigrant francophone literature. She translated The Marquise and Pauline by George Sand, Grapes of Despair by Tahar Ben Jelloun (to be published), and Canuck by Camille Lessard-Bissonnette. She also translated historical road panels in Maine and numerous Museum in the Streets panels in Maine and France. She strongly believes in early second language acquisition and served on numerous K-16 commissions for the State of Maine. She loves working at UMF where classes are small, students are engaged, and every student can receive special attention.