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Honors College Faculty and Faculty Fellows | Honors College Advisory Board

Simon Stacey, Ph.D. [CV]

Simon Stacey is a political scientist with training specifically in political theory. He is interested in the issues of transitional justice (how to deal with dictators when their regimes fail), democracy, and social and political violence, and teaches courses on these topics as well as on the history of political theory, ethics and public policy, and American political thought. He is currently working on a book about the contributions that canonical political theorists can make to our thinking about transitional justice and a project on the efficacy of political violence.

Associate Director
Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Ph.D. [CV]

Before becoming the Associate Director of the Honors College, Jodi Kelber-Kaye was a faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies for eight years, where she taught many Honors College students. She continues to do research and teach in the areas of critical gender and race studies, LGBT studies, visual studies, and gender and science studies. Besides her research in these fields, Dr. Kelber-Kaye serves as a gender consultant for “B’More Fit for Healthy Babies,” a HHS-funded project that is targeted to help reduce the high infant mortality rate in Baltimore City. Dr. Kelber-Kaye is also currently collaborating on the production of a documentary film about the feminist and black power movements active in Baltimore in the early 1970s. Dr. Kelber-Kaye received her Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of Arizona in 2003 (where she also earned her M.A. in art history) and has been at UMBC ever since. Originally from Boston, she is happy to make downtown Baltimore her home and volunteers regularly with social change nonprofits in the city.

Academic Advisor
Delana Gregg, M.A. [CV]

Delana Gregg’s role with the Honors College includes academic advising, recruitment and admissions, and co-curricular events.  Delana is a member of the UMBC BreakingGround workgroup, focused on fostering opportunities for and bringing visibility to faculty, staff and students’ work as agents of social change, and is a member of UMBC’s Title IX Adjudication Board.  She also teaches a course entitled LRC 101a, Academic Success for Lifelong Learning, a course which empowers students to become active, responsible partners in their education and to achieve greater success in college and in life.  She is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture at UMBC, focusing on the experiences of first-generation college students. Delana served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Lithuania from 2000-2002.

Academic Advisor
Mito Diaz-Espinoza, M.S. Ed. [CV]

Mito Diaz-Espinoza’s role in the Honors College includes academic advising of first-year Honors College students, recruitment and admissions, the Honors College Living Learning Community, and co-curricular events. Mito is an Advisor for the Relationship Violence Prevention Awareness Advocates on campus and serves as the staff facilitator for Rebuilding Manhood, an initiative to explore gender norms and healthy masculinity. Mito is also a diversity trainer and the staff facilitator for the Center for Women in Technology’s Men in CWIT. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. His dissertation topic is the motivation of Latino males who are first-generation college students to pursue higher education.

Administrative Assistant II
Lisa Whittle

Honors College Faculty and Faculty Fellows

Honors College Faculty

Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D., Honors College Professor of Visual Arts
Ellen Handler Spitz, at UMBC since 2001, teaches interdisciplinary seminars in the Honors College in aesthetics, literature, psychology, and the visual arts. Dr. Spitz received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has held fellowships at the Getty Center, Radcliffe Institute, Stanford, Rutgers and the Clark Art Institute, among others. She has taught and/or lectured in England, France, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Russia, Canada, India, and the Peoples Republic of China. Dr. Spitz has published numerous articles and books, most notably Art and Psyche (Yale University Press, 1985), Image and Insight (Columbia University Press, 1991), Museums of the Mind (Yale University Press, 1994), Inside Picture Books (Yale University Press, 1999), The Brightening Glance (Pantheon Books, 2006; Anchor-Vintage Books, 2007), and Illuminating Childhood: Portraits in Fiction, Film, and Drama (University of Michigan Press, 2010). She also reviews children’s literature in academic journals and for The New Republic online.

Faculty Fellows, 2014-2016

Shawn BediakoShawn Bediako, Ph.D.,

Kate BrownKate Brown, Ph.D.,

Jeffrey DavisJeffrey Davis, J.D., Ph.D.,
Political Science

Nicole Else-Quest Nicole Else-Quest, Ph.D.,

emekergunEmek Ergun, Ph.D.,
Gender and Woman’s Studies

hobanSusan Hoban, Ph.D.,
Goddard Earth Science & Technology Center  

leupenSarah Leupen, Ph.D.,
Biological Sciences

muson Eve Muson, M.F.A,

Norman Prentiss
Norman Prentiss
Fiction Writer

Dr Megan Wiley RiveraMegan Wiley Rivera, Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Systems

colletteColette Searls, M.F.A.,


Stephen Mang, Ph.D.,
Chemistry and Biochemistry

Past Faculty Fellows

Stephen Beale, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Steven Caruso, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Marie desJardins, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Anupam Joshi, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
William Lord, Ph.D., Economics
Seth Messinger, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology
Gail Orgelfinger, Ph.D., English
Timothy Phin, M.A., Ancient Studies
Fred Pincus, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology
Megan Porter, Ph.D., Biological Sciences
Denis Provencher, Ph.D., Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication
Megan Wiley Rivera, Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Systems
James Sandoz, M.S., Biological Sciences
John Short, Ph.D., Public Policy
Constantine Vaporis, Ph.D., History 
Frederic Worden, MFA, Visual Arts

Honors College Advisory Board

Marie desJardins, Ph.D., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
James Grubb, Ph.D., History
Tyson King-Meadows, Ph.D., Political Science
Wayne Lutters, Ph.D., Information Systems
Katherine Seley-Radke, Ph.D., Chemistry and Biochemistry
Diane Lee, Ph.D., Vice-Provost & Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education (ex-officio)
Ellen Handler Spitz, Ph.D., Honors College Professor of Visual Arts (ex-officio)
Simon Stacey, Ph.D., Director, (ex-officio)
Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Ph.D., Associate Director (ex-officio)
Delana Gregg, M.A., Academic Advisor (ex-officio)