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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Reid’s work focusses on transcultural religion at the intersection of settler and Indigenous cultures, globalization and religion, and methodology in the study of religion. Reid was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2015. Her books include: Religion, Postcolonialism, and Globalization: A Sourcebook (Bloomsbury 2015), In Search of Kluskap: A Journey into Mi’kmaw Myth (Penn State 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).
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Donaldson teaches courses in French, English, and International & Global Studies. Before joining UMF in 2015, she taught at Beloit College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Tech, and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. Prior to completing the PhD, she was a volunteer TOEFL teacher with the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. She loves working with students of all ages and backgrounds and has taught everything from first-year seminars and world literature, to French and English language, to women's health and HIV/AIDS awareness. Her teaching and research interests include Francophone studies, postcolonial studies, migration studies, gender studies, transnational feminisms, social justice, service learning and study abroad. She and her family value the sense of community they've found in Farmington, and they enjoy exploring the many outdoor offerings in the region.
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.
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.
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 Culture, Meaning and Society and Geography Programs and has led 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.
André Siamundele teaches French and courses on African Cinema and Postcolonial studies. He has presented papers and published articles on the question of Identity in Africa and the Diaspora. His works include: « Decolonizing the Mind : Language and Identity Dialogue » in New Frontiers in the Teaching of African and Diaspora History, « Stratégie littéraire et voie culturelle du développement : Sony Labou Tansi, V.Y. Mudimbe» in Communication et dynamiques de globalisation culturelle, "Colonial Memory vs. Postcolonial Discourse: Identities and Alterities in Postcolonial Francophone Africa” in Postcolonialism:Formation as Representation/ Representation as Formation.