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Office of the Dean: Bios

photo Scott E. Casper
Professor, History

Scott Casper joined the UMBC community and the Dean’s Office in July 2013. A historian of the nineteenth-century United States, he is the author of Sarah Johnson’s Mount Vernon: The Forgotten History of an American Shrine (Hill & Wang, 2008) and Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (University of North Carolina Press, 1999), and the co-author, editor, or co-editor of seven other books, most recently The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has held research fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, among other institutions. At the University of Nevada, Reno, his home from 1992 to 2013, Dr. Casper chaired the faculty senate and the history department and served as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He edits the annual “Textbooks and Teaching” section of the Journal of American History, and was acting editor of The William and Mary Quarterly in 2008-09. He has worked extensively with K-12 history and social studies educators through the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the Center for Civic Education, and the Northern Nevada Teaching American History Project. Dr. Casper earned his A.B. from Princeton University and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.


Anne E. Brodsky
Associate Dean
Professor, Psychology

Dr. Anne E. Brodsky is a community/clinical psychologist, who joined the Department of Psychology in 1997 and the Dean’s office in 2012. She served as Director of the GWST program from 2005-2008 and Associate Chair of Psychology from 2008-2011. Her teaching, research and practice focus on resilience, psychological sense of community, and the role of communities in creating and resisting societal risks and oppressions, including violence, poverty, racism, and sexism. She is the author of over 30 articles and chapters on these subjects as well as one book, With All Our Strength: The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) (Routledge, 2003.) Dr. Brodsky earned her A.B. from Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her clinical internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, and a Post Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Mental Hygiene at Johns Hopkins University.


Kathleen Carroll
Associate Dean
Associate Professor, Economics

Dr. Kathleen Carroll joined the Department of Economics in 1987 and the Dean’s Office in 2014. Her areas of teaching and research focus on the effects of institutional arrangements on decision processes and the way that multiple decision makers affect decision outcomes. She also examines the impact of these conditions on predicted responses to public policies and regulations. Dr. Carroll has published numerous articles, an invited book chapter and a book, Property Rights and Managerial Decisions in For-profit, Nonprofit, and Public Organizations: Comparative Theory and Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). She has worked with government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry on decision strategies and policy analysis, and has served as Vice-President and President of the UMBC Faculty Senate. Dr. Carroll earned her B.A. degree from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.


John Stolle-McAllister
Associate Dean
Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

John Stolle-McAllister joined the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication in 2000 and the Dean’s Office in 2014. His research and teaching interests include cultural change and social movements in Latin America. He authored Mexican Social Movements and the Transition to Democracy, which analyzes two towns’ resistance to development projects that threatened their livelihoods and their sense of community. His current book project examines the development of intercultural political, community and environmental relationships in Kichwa communities in northern Ecuador in the wake of that country’s Indigenous rights movement. He earned his BA from Bates College, and his MA in Hispanic Literatures and PhD in the Comparative Studies of Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota.

CAHSS_Headshots-5200Eva Dominguez
Assistant Dean

Eva Dominguez, the Assistant Dean of Finance, joined the Dean’s Office in 1999. She brings extensive administrative experience in college administration, as well as a diverse background in both private and public sectors. She received her first degree in archeology and classics, but now spends her time as a CPA.


CAHSS_Headshots-5206Tamara Brown
Executive Administrative Assistant

Tamara Brown has been in the University of Maryland System since 1984. She joined UMBC in 1999 as the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Public Policy. In 2007, she joined the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences. She currently assists the Dean and Associate Deans with recruitment and promotion and tenure.


Elle Trusz
Executive Administrative Assistant

Ms Elle Trusz started her UMBC career in 2010 as the Program Management Specialist in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. In her life before UMBC, she worked at a variety of agencies in the non-profit sector, from providing advocacy and assistance to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, to teaching sexuality education to incoming first year college students as well as women in inner city Baltimore, and she later worked on the Mental Health First Aid project. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. Elle’s service to the University includes participating in the Scheduling Coordinators Advisory Board, and she is highly involved with the Shared Service Center taskforce, including the Toolkit for Administrative Professionals (TAP) website.


Jesse Mashbaum
Business Manager

Jesse Mashbaum came to UMBC in 2001 and served as Business Services Manager of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for seven years. In 2009, he joined the Dean’s Office as Business Manager. Earlier in his career, after graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A., Jesse earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and taught college and adult students for nine years. He was later a vice-president in a small private company that published educational software. Jesse was named UMBC Exempt Employee of the Quarter in 2007.



Donna Hart
Business Services Manager
(410) 455-2501

Donna Hart started at UMBC in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant with the UMBC Police Department. She was later promoted within that department as the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Chief of Police. She joined the Dean’s Office at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in 2014 as a Business Services Specialist where she works closely with the Assistant Dean.


Kathy O’Dell
Special Assistant to the Dean for Education and Arts Partnerships
Associate Professor, Visual Arts

Dr. Kathy O’Dell joined the Department of Visual Arts in 1992 and the Dean’s Office in 2001. An art historian and critic of modern and contemporary art, she is the author of Contract with the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art, and the 1970s (University of Minnesota Press, 1998) and co-author with Kristine Stiles of the forthcoming World Art Since 1945. Dr. O’Dell co-chaired UMBC’s Middle States Periodic Review Committee in 1999-2001 and the Task Force on the Arts in 2001-2003, and she participates in numerous statewide education and arts education initiatives. She currently chairs the Higher Education in the Arts Task Force (HEAT Force) of the Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance and serves on the Maryland State Arts Council.  Dr. O’Dell earned her B.A. in Art and French from Colby College, M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. in Art History from the City University of New York Graduate Center.


Caroline MulcahyCaroline Mulcahy
Manager, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Caroline Mulcahy joined the CAHSS Dean’s Office in 2012 to coordinate the opening and operation of UMBC’s new Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Previously she worked in venue planning and management at Emerson College and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has been working to facilitate the professional and student uses of performance and educational spaces since she began working in academia in 2004.