Division of Social Sciences and Business


Aguilar, Gaelyn
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 207.778.7573
Degrees
PhD University of Southern California; MA University of Akron; BA Ohio University
Areas of Expertise
Culture, Meaning and Society:

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.

Bean, Emily
Program Manager
Phone: 207.624.4005
Beck, Linda
Professor of Political Science
Phone: 207.778.7341
Degrees
1996 PhD University of Wisconsin; 1991 MA University of Wisconsin; 1985 BA Skidmore College
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Planning and Policy: Environmental Politics, Policy and Regulation
International & Global Studies: International Relations and Global Politics
Political Science: Comparative Politics (Africa, Muslim World), Environmental Politics, Political Philosophy

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.

Bunnell, Sheena
Professor of Business/Economics - Director/Researcher Maine Health Research Institute
Phone: 207.778.7440
Degrees
1995 PhD Florida State University; 1991 MS Florida State University; 1988 MBA Plymouth State College; 1985 BSc Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Consumer Behavior, Health Economics, Macroeconomics, Mangerial Economics, Money and Banking
Health Information Systems:
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

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.

Carter, Angela
Administrative Specialist CL2
Phone: 207.778.7417
Dalpour, Shahrokh
Professor of Business
Phone: 207.778.7441
Degrees
1996 Post Doctorate University of Northern Colorado; 1991 Post Doctorate Idaho State University; 1979 MBA Business Administartion, University of Northen Colorado; 1975 BA Labor Law, University od Mazandaran; 1974 BS Economics, University of Mazandaran; 1987 EDD Higher Education Administration, University of Northrn Colorado
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Human Resource Management, International Business & Strategy, Management & Organizational Behavior, National and International Consulting, Strategic Management
Business Psychology: Human Resources Management, Human Resources Develpoment, Management and Organizational Development
International & Global Studies: International Business,International Management , International Marketing
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

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.   

Dearden, Brad
Associate Professor of Geography
Phone: 207.778.7439
Degrees
2006 PhD University of Utah; 1990 MA School for International Training; 1986 BS Quinnipiac University
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Planning and Policy:
Geography & Environmental Planning: Asia, Development, Global Economy, Latin America, Population
International & Global Studies: Development, Global Economy, Population and Health
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

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.

Ebel, Sarah
Part-Time Faculty
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Engert, Frank
Professor of Business
Phone: 207.778.7412
Degrees
1995 PhD State University of New York at Buffalo; 1989 MSc Niagara University; 1975 MBA McMaster University; 1973 BSc McMaster University
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Digital Marketing, Marketing, Service Operations Management, Social Media Marketing
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration: Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Resort Management, Social Media Marketing, Tourism / Service Operations Management

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.

Erb, Scott
Professor Political Sciences
Phone: 207.778.7486
Degrees
1994 PhD University of Minnesota; 1984 MA John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; 1982 BA Augustana College (Sioux Falls)
Areas of Expertise
International & Global Studies:
Political Science: Comparative Politics, International Relations

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.  

Hanstein, Walter
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7432
Degrees
1979 JD University of Idaho College of Law; 1975 BGS University of Michigan
Areas of Expertise
Political Science: Criminal Law
Harper, Wendy
Associate Professor of Economics
Phone: 207.778.7438
Degrees
2000 PhD University of New Hampshire; 1995 MA University of New Hampshire; 1990 BA Bates College
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Environmental Economics, International Trade, Non Market Valuation
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

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.

Hepler, Allison
Professor History
Phone: 207.778.7415
Degrees
1996 PhD Temple University; 1976 BA Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise
History: Canada, Maine, Medicine, Mexico, Modern Latin America, United States, Women
International & Global Studies:

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.

Jackson, Sebastian
Part-Time Faculty
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Kellett, Nicole
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 207.778.7433
Degrees
2009 PhD University of New Mexico; 2001 MA Northern Arizona University; 1997 BA University of Nebraska
Areas of Expertise
Culture, Meaning and Society: Applied Anthropology, Gender and Development, Latin America
International & Global Studies:

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. 

McAnneny, Cathleen
Professor Geography
Phone: 207.778.7443
Degrees
1994 PhD Michigan State University; 1990 MA Ohio University; 1988 BS Ohio University
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Planning and Policy:
Geography & Environmental Planning: Health Care Policy, Physical, Environmental and Health Geography, Poverty Issues, Rural Development
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

Cathleen McAnneny’s research interests have focused on the effects of the physical and social environments on health.  As of late the issue of access to health care in rural areas is a focus and in particular access to oral health care. Recently she has established a partnership with the Maine Dental Access Coalition and is a member of the Rural Health Care Round Table.  Dr. McAnneny has also looked at the impacts of paper mills on their local communities.  Along with her interests in health and health care, Cathleen has worked with the Six Campus GIS Curriculum Consortium on pedagogical challenges in teaching GIS including the role of misconceptions in students’ struggle with the material.  The results of these efforts have been 22 presentations at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers and the International Geographic Union and the International Medical Geography Symposium.

McCourt, Matthew
Associate Professor of Geography
Phone: 207.778.7044
Degrees
2004 PhD Geography, University of Kentucky; 2000 MA Geography, University of Kentucky; 1993 BA English, University of Massachusetts; 1993 BA Geography, University of Massachusetts
Areas of Expertise
Environmental Planning and Policy: Environmental Planning, Participatory Mapping, Sustainability Science
Geography & Environmental Planning: Cultural Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Rural Development
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

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.  

Melcher, James
Professor of Political Science
Phone: 207.778.7416
Degrees
1995 PhD University of Minnesota; 1985 BA University of Wisconsin
Areas of Expertise
Political Science: American Presidency, Constitutional Law, Elections, Maine Politics, New England and Midwestern U.S. Politics, Political Parties, Political Science Club, Pre-Law Advisor, State Politics

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.

Messier, John
Professor of Economics
Phone: 207.778.8172
Degrees
2005 PhD American University; 1998 BA Economics, Richard Stockton College
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Behavioral Economics, Economics of Developing Countries, Fair Trade, Quantitative Methods
Business Psychology: Behavioral Economics
International & Global Studies: Development, Latin America
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

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.

Mitchell, Clyde
Professor of Business
Phone: 207.778.7413
Degrees
2007 PhD University of KwaZulu-Natal; 2001 MS University of Natal; 1988 BS University of Cape Town
Areas of Expertise
Business Economics: Accounting, Business Ethics, Corporate Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility and Reporting
Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration:

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.

O'Brien, Christopher
Professor of History
Phone: 207.778.7585
Degrees
2002 PhD University of Kansas; 1988 MA University of Iowa; 1987 BA University of Iowa
Areas of Expertise
History: Children's History, History of Education, The Cold War, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. and Social Cultural History
International & Global Studies:

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.

Oplinger, Jon
Part-Time Faculty
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Degrees
1982 PhD Kent State University; 1973 MA Kent State University; 1971 BA Kent State University

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.

Saviello, Thomas
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7432
Degrees
1978 PhD University of Maine; 1974 MS University of Maine; 1972 BS University of Tennessee
Areas of Expertise
Geography & Environmental Planning: Environmental regulations and compliance, Forestry and Forest Management
Political Science: Maine Politics
Schoeppner, Michael
Assistant Professor of History
Phone: 207.778.7456
Degrees
2010 PhD University of Florida; 2005 MA University of Florida; 2000 BA University of South Florida
Areas of Expertise
History: 19th-Century U.S., American Revolution, Civil War, Comparative History, Early Republic, Race and Ethnicity, U.S. Legal History

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.

Sell, Louis
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7432
Degrees
1973 MA Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced Interenational Studies; 1969 BA Franklin and Marshall College
Areas of Expertise
History: Diplomacy and Intelligence, International Conflict Negotiation and Peace-Keeping, Nuclear and Conventional Arms Control, Russia and the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and the Balkans
Steward-Hayden, Ashley
Administrative Specialist, Career Level 2
Phone: 207.778.7432
Stiman, Meaghan
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7417
Wolf, Anne Marie
Associate Professor of History
Phone: 207.778.7715
Degrees
2003 PhD University of Minnesota; 1992 MA New York University in Madrid; 1989 BA University of Notre Dame
Areas of Expertise
History: Christian-Muslim dialogue & interactions, Social and cultural history of late medieval and early modern health practices
International & Global Studies: Medieval and early modern Europe; Middle East; Colonial Latin America

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.