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Office of the Dean: Bios


Scott Casper
Scott E. Casper
Dean
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
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
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
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.

  

Cheryl Miller
Associate Dean
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and Public Policy

Dr. Cheryl Miller joined the Departments of Political Science and Public Policy in 1988 and the Dean’s Office in 2008. Her research interests include welfare policy devolution, bureaucratic accountability, state policymaking, and the impact of race on policy outcomes. She has served as Faculty Senate President and Chairperson of the Department of Political Science. Dr. Miller also has had a variety of policy practitioner experiences since joining UMBC. She was a Senior Research Associate with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, and an intermittent instructor at the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Training Institute, where she received a Special Commendation award in 1993. Dr. Miller earned a B.A degree from Lincoln University (PA), a Master’s degree in City Planning (M.C.P) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  

Kathy O’Dell
Associate Dean
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
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.

 

Eva DominguezEva Dominguez
Assistant Dean
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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.


Terry Aylsworth
Executive Administrative Assistant
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Terry Aylsworth joined UMBC in 1996 as the Program Assistant for the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) and the Administrative Assistant for the Center for the Humanities. She helped Dr. Lena Orlin get the SAA established on campus and also ran its yearly national conference for its 800-plus members. Aylsworth assisted Dr. Daphne Harrison, the Director of the Center for the Humanities, in the formation of the Humanities Scholars and the Humanities Forum Programs. In 2000, she joined the then-College of Arts and Sciences as former Dean Rick Welch’s assistant. In 2005, under the reorganization, the College of Arts and Sciences became the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences under Dean John Jeffries. Aylsworth currently assists Dean Jeffries as the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences develops in new ways. Additionally, she was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Staff Award in 2005 and has been the President of her Senate, NEESS, for the past three years.


Tamara Brown
Executive Administrative Assistant
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

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 Dr. Finkelstein with recruitment and promotion and tenure.

Jesse Mashbaum
Business Manager
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Jesse Mashbaum came to UMBC in 2001 and served as Business Services Manager of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for seven years. In 2008, 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.


Janice O’Neill
Business Services Manager
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Janice O’Neill has been in the Dean’s Office since 1983. She has worked with six wonderful Deans in her 24 years at UMBC. She was originally hired as an account clerk to process travel requests for the College, and as the Dean’s Office assumed more responsibilities, she took on additional financial matters, including work with the Assistant Dean.