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 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 also wrote the book for "The Last Ferryman," a new musical opening in Stonington Maine in August, 2014. She is also a Moss Hart award-winning director with Out of the Box Theater Company.
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.
Dr Dalpour teaches courses in Business with an emphasis on strategy nationally and internationally in business management, marketing, human resources managment and development . Waleck has traveled and worked worldwide, and is a local and international consultant in business and management. He conducts lecture courses nearly every year at the Universite du Maine at Lemans, France. As well as cooperating with Fatih University Selcuk University in Turkey, and Tarto university in Estonia. Waleck is currentley member of international and global studies committee. He has been involved as an advisor for International Studies and International Students. Waleck was appointed as Ambassador of International Trade for Governor Angus King and teaching as Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Business M.B.A program at Southern New Hampshire University.
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. He also collaborates with NGOs in Nepal on aspects of health and children's education. 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 has researched urbanization and environmental processes in Islamic cities, and his present studies use visual forms to document the proximity of wealth and poverty in globalizing cities of developing regions. 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 1996. 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, Allison Hepler was a journalist, a printer, and a house builder. History was something she became excited about almost accidentally when she took an introductory-level US History course at night at the University of Maine at Augusta, 15 years after she’d graduated from college. She persuaded her husband to sell the dream house they’d built, flew through graduate school in Philadelphia, came back to Maine and landed a job at UMF in 1994. When not teaching at, or commuting to, UMF from her midcoast home, she messes about with boats at Rob's boatshop, is an elected official, works at her friend’s woodworking tool store, and tries hard to keep her elderly cars road-worthy. She’s currently writing a book that examines the life of a librarian caught up in the swirl of 1950s anti-Communism. Historians, she feels, have a tremendous responsibility to ordinary people of the past who made a stand against fear.
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 for the US Forest Service. Since 2002 he has conducted archaeological research in the Andahuaylas region of 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 has taught several courses in the Sociology/Anthropology and Geography Departments and especially likes interdisciplinary courses which are compararative and cross cut time and space. He is also works as UMF's sustainability coordinator and loves to ski, hike, climb and travel internationally.
Dr. Kellett is an applied anthropologist whose research interests center on gender, economic development, medical anthropology, globalization, and environmental anthropology. Although the bulk of her research has taken place in the Andean highlands of Peru, Dr. Kellett has also conducted research in the U.S. southwest, Belize, and has worked as a consultant for projects in Kenya and Uganda. Due to her international interests, Dr. Kellett teaches a number of courses that a cross-listed with IGS 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 hiking, camping, skiing, canoeing, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Jennifer Reid’swork focusses on religion as it relates to Indigenous relationships with colonial and postcolonial forces in North America. She also works in the area of International and Global Studies. In addition to numerous published essays, Reid’s books include: Religion, Postcolonialism, and Globalization: A Sourcebook (Bloomsbury, 2015), In Search of Kluskap: A Journey into Mi’kmaw Myth (Penn State Press, 2013); Louis Riel and the Creation of Modern Canada: Mythic Discourse and the Postcolonial State (University of New Mexico Press, 2008 and Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2012); Religion, Writing, and Colonial Resistance: Mathias Carvalho’s Louis Riel (Davies Group, 2011); ‘Worse Than Beasts’: An Anatomy of Melancholy and the Literature of Travel in 17th and 18th Century England (Davies Group, 2005); Myth, Symbol, and Colonial Encounter: British and Mi’kmaq in Acadia, 1700-1867 (University of Ottawa Press, 1995).
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.