Skip to Main Content

Dresher Center Staff

Jessica Berman, Director
jberman@umbc.edu
PAHB 217

Jessica Berman is Professor of English, and Affiliate Professor of Gender + Women’s Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture at UMBC. She is the author of Modernist Commitments: Ethics, Politics and Transnational Modernism (2011) and Modernist Fiction, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Community (2001); co-editor of Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds (2001) and the American Comparative Literature Association’s Report on the State of the Discipline (forthcoming, 2016); and editor of A Companion to Virginia Woolf (2015) and Purdah and Polygamy by Iqbalunnisa Hussain (reprint, forthcoming 2017). Berman also co-edits the Modernist Latitudes book series from Columbia University Press. Her new project investigates global radio in relation to transnational modernism.

A former chair of the UMBC English Department, Berman has served on the American Comparative Literature Association board, the MLA’s book publication committee and is Vice-President of the Modernist Studies Association, to succeed to President in fall 2016. In 2013 she was a Mellon-funded external fellow at the Institute of the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She holds a PhD (with Honors) in Comparative Studies in Literature from the University of Chicago and an A.B. (Highest Honors) in History from Princeton University.

 

Ana Oskoz, Associate Director and Director of the Humanities Scholars Program
oscoz@umbc.edu
PAHB 222

Ana Oskoz is Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication. She is the co-editor of Technology Across Writing Contexts and Tasks (2012), and the author of the Laboratory Manual for Conexiones: Comunicación y cultura (1999) as well as of many articles on second language writing, intercultural competence, and digital literacies in journals and collections.

Oskoz is the associate editor of the CALICO Journal. She completed her undergraduate studies in Spanish Literature from the University of Deusto and holds an MA on teaching Spanish as a Second Language from the University of the Basque Country. She also holds an MA and a PhD in Foreign Language Education, and Foreign Language and ESL Education from the University of Iowa.

 

Rachel Brubaker, Assistant Director for Grants and Program Development
rbruba1@umbc.edu
PAHB 218

Rachel Brubaker has developed and managed humanities grants and programs for over 20 years at UMBC and the University of Baltimore. She has also worked in education marketing and design for non-profit and governmental organizations, where she created print, digital, and social media campaigns. She has overseen the development of K12 history education curricular resources, including websites and apps, in collaboration with school systems and historical institutions. Ms. Brubaker has an MA degree in Historical Studies from UMBC and a BFA degree in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

Natalia Panfile, Program Management Specialist
natalia.panfile@umbc.edu
PAHB 215

Natalia Panfile (born in Moldova) completed her undergraduate studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a concentration in performance in 2006. She went on to pursue her MFA in UMBC’s Imaging and Digital Arts program (2010). Along with her work at the Dresher Center, Natalia is a performance artist who is very much influenced by her own experiences as a woman who grew up in Moldova and now lives in the United States. 

 

La Atwater, Administrative Assistant
latwater@umbc.edu
PAHB 215

Priscilla (La) Atwater is a native of Catonsville, MD. She came to UMBC after working for ten years at the business she started with her husband, Atwater’s. Her professional life includes owning an upholstery business and opening several restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Baltimore but her favorite job has been raising three successful daughters.

Telephone: 410-455-6798
E-mail: dreshercenter@umbc.edu

Advisory Board

Rebecca Adelman, Associate Professor, Media and Communications Studies

Beverly Bickel, Clinical Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program

Kate Brown, Professor, History

Theo Gonzalves, Associate Professor and Chair,  American Studies

Viviana MacManus, Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies

Ana Oskoz, Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication,
and Director, Humanities Scholars Program

Margaret Re, Associate Professor, Visual Arts

David Rosenbloom, Associate Professor and Chair, Ancient Studies