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Office of the Dean: Bios

photo Scott E. Casper
Professor, History

Scott Casper (Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University) joined the UMBC community in 2013, after many years on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno. 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 edited the annual “Textbooks and Teaching” section of the Journal of American History from 2008 to 2018, 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. For the Walters Art Museum, he served on the advisory committee for the reinstallation of 1 West Mount Vernon Place. He currently serves on the boards of Maryland Humanities and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.


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.


Preminda Jacob
Associate Dean
Professor, Visual Arts
(410) 455-3716

Dr. Preminda Jacob joined the Department of Visual Arts in 1995 and the Dean’s Office in 2019. Her areas of teaching and research focus on modern and contemporary art history and theory, the visual culture of Indian films, and public art and urbanism. Her work documents and theorizes ephemeral art forms that animate the everyday, public spaces of post-colonial cities in South Asia. Dr. Jacob has published numerous articles, book chapters and a book, Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India (Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, 2009 and Orient Blackswan, India 2010) She received a J. Paul Getty Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities and a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship to support her research for this book. Dr. Jacob’s service to the university includes a three-year term as Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. Dr. Jacob earned her BA from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India, her MA in Art Criticism from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Vadodara, India, her MA in Art History from Binghamton University, and her PhD in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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.


Lisa Harris
Executive Administrative Assistant


Lisa Harris started working at UMBC in 2012 when she joined the Education Department as an Administrative Assistant.  She joined the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2017 as an Executive Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for faculty recruitment, faculty searches, CAHSS Controlled Spaces Coordinator and the Event Coordinator.


Jason Duncan
Information Technology Manager

Jason Duncan has managed and supported a broad range of technology solutions and digital experiences for students, faculty and staff in various roles within the University System of Maryland since 2002. He most recently served at the University of Baltimore, leading the ongoing development, maintenance and enhancement of the institution’s digital presence. Previously he served in the Office of the Dean of the College of Education at Frostburg State University, where he supported a faculty-led technology outreach program designed to promote adoption of educational technology and to address digital divide challenges by connecting the University with the local K-12 and business communities. He also served in FSU’s Office of Information Technology where he supported the launch of the University’s first online learning management system. Jason holds the B.S. in Philosophy from Frostburg State University and the M.S. in Information Systems from UMBC.



James Hamilton
Academic Advising Coordinator

James Hamilton started at UMBC in 2017. He is a Washington, D.C. native and has served in the field of higher education for over seven years. James worked as a Senior Research Assistant in the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Coppin State University for three years. After leaving Academic Affairs, he transitioned into the College of Business and worked as an Academic Advisor before being promoted to Transfer Coordinator. He brings knowledge in the areas of academic advisement, recruitment, and other key student support services. James received his B.S. in Sport Management from Coppin State University and earned his M.S. in Management from UMUC.




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 later became the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Chief of Police. In 2014, she joined the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences as a Business Services Specialist. After earning her HR Management degree in 2019, she became a Business Manager where she works closely with the Assistant Dean, the CAHSS financial team, and the administrative staff within the



Jamie Jung
Business Manager
(410) 455-1772


Caroline MulcahyCaroline Mulcahy
CAHSS Director of Operations

Caroline Mulcahy joined the UMBC Community in 2012 to coordinate the opening and operation of UMBC’s Performing Arts & Humanities Building.  In 2019 they expanded their role in the CAHSS Dean’s Office to provide operational support for facilities use through all areas of CAHSS by working closely with UMBC service and planning departments.

Previously they worked in venue planning and management at Emerson College and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. They have been working to facilitate the professional and student uses of performance and educational spaces since they began working in academia in 2004.

Caroline holds a B.A. in Theatre from The College of Wooster and an M.A. in Theatre from Ohio University.


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.


Robert Pawloski
Academic Advisor

A Maryland native, Robert has enjoyed a varied and successful career in media and film production. While living in Washington, DC, Robert worked as both writer and director of photography for entities like the Department of Defense, The Library of Congress and National Geographic Television. He relocated to Los Angeles in the late 1990s and worked as a story editor for film studios and producers. Robert returned to Maryland in 2011. For the past 10 years, Robert has served as both faculty and staff at UMBC. He has taught courses in the Visual Arts Department including media writing, film history and history of animation, while maintaining a freelance career as an award-winning writer.  Robert also held a staff position as an advisor in The Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising, where he advised students and produced content for the office’s social media campaigns.  Robert is now an academic advisor for UMBC’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where specializes in the Department of Economics.  He holds his B.A. in Visual Arts; Film-Video as a proud alumnus of UMBC.

Last updated August 30, 2019.