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Previous CURRENTS

Fall 2019

Patrimonial Persons: Poor Devils, Their Eves, and Hegemonic Masculinities in Franco’s Spain (1939-75)
Erin Hogan, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication; Fall 2019 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow

Hope and Despair in late 1970s Black Politics
Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History

Challenging Monopoly: Race and Labor in the NBA
Theresa Runstedtler, Professor of History at American University; 2018-2019 Dresher Center Inclusion imperative Visiting Faculty Fellow

Visualizing the White Farmer Imaginary on California Agricultural Lands
Tracy Perkins, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University; Fall 2019 Dresher Center Inclusion imperative Visiting Faculty Fellow

ibn Batuta and the Fashioned Self Image
Corbin Jones, M.A. Candidate in the Text, Technologies, and Literatures Program; Fall 2019 Dresher Center Graduate Student Fellow

The Horizon of Representation: Nature, Otherness, Intersectionality
Christopher Tong, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication and Asian Studies


Spring 2019

20th Century French Historiography between the “Event” and the Longue Durée
Zakaria Fatih, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Between Cloth and Skin: carrying Objects in Ancient Rome
Melissa Bailey-Kutner, Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies

Challenging Monopoly: Race and Labor in the NBA
Theresa Runstedtler, Professor of History at American University; 2018-2019 Dresher Center Inclusion imperative Visiting Faculty Fellow

Making Space for Human and Multi-Species Inclusion in New York’s Central Park
Dawn Biehler, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems; Spring 2019 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow

Global Television Formats and National Identities
Ibrahim Er, PhD Candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program; Spring 2019 Dresher Center Graduate Student Fellow

The Bicycle Craze of 1890s Ukraine from an American Perspective
Olha Martynyuk, Fulbright Visiting Researcher at UMBC; Senior Lecturer at National Technical University of Ukraine “Ihor Sikorsky Polytechnic Institute”

The Southern Typhoid Fever Thesis and Diagnostic Racism
Katherine Bankole-Medina, Professor of History at Coppin State University; 2018-2019 Dresher Center Inclusion imperative Visiting Faculty Fellow


Fall 2018

Pragmatic Naturalism
Eric Campbell, Assistant Professor of Philosophy; 2018 Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellow

Race, Space, and Freedom: The Ongoing Fight for Mobility Rights
Jennifer Maher, Associate Professor of English; 2018 Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellow

Finding Ryukyu
Aimi Bouillon, MFA Candidate in Intermedia + Digital Arts; 2018 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellow

The National Atlas as Imagined Community
John Rennie Short, Professor of Public Policy

Denazification through the Lens of Transitional Justice?
Rebecca Boehling, Professor of History and Director of the Global Studies and Judaic Studies Programs; Fall 2018 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow


Spring 2018

The Anansi Trio: On the Path
Matt Belzer, Senior Lecturer, Music

The Herd: Seeking a Swimmable Harbor
Kelley Bell, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Visual Arts

Eighteenth-Century England’s Charitable Corporation: A Cautionary Tale of Micro-lending, Financial Fraud, and Government Bailouts
Amy Froide, Professor, History, and 2018 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow

Railroad Track of Violence: Stories About the Chinese in Nineteenth-Century America
Irene Chan, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, and 2018 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow


Fall 2017

‘They Ask, Why Do You Talk Like That; I Ask, Why Don’t You Want to Talk Like That?’: Analyzing the Online Speech and Identity Practices of Black Female Undergraduates
Erin Berry, PhD Student, Language, Literacy and Culture; Dresher Center Graduate Student Residential Fellow

The Influence of Gender on Research in Avian Behavior: Diversity of Researchers Speeds Progress
Kevin Omland, Professor, Biological Sciences

Reclaiming the Black Group Soul: Blueprints for Black Infrastructure in Claude McKay’s  Amiable with Big Teeth
Chris Varlack, Lecturer, English

The Posthumous Autobiography and Civil Rights Memory
Brian Norman, English, Loyola University Maryland; Dresher Center Visiting Professor

The Marginalization of Privilege: The Fracture of Upper Class Identity in WW I Britain
Mary Laurents, PhD Student, Language, Literacy and Culture; Dresher Center Graduate Student Residential Fellow

The Superblock Downtown Development Debacle: “It seems like it has taken so long to get nothing started,” 2003-2015 
Nicole King, Associate Professor and Chair, American Studies; Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellow|

Shanghai Survivors: World War Two’s Displaced Persons in Asia and the International Politics of Refugee Resettlement
Meredith Oyen, Associate Professor, History; Dresher Center Summer Faculty Research Fellow

Driveway Moments: The Public Radio Structure of Feeling
Jason Loviglio, Associate Professor and Chair, Media and Communications Studies


Spring 2017

Documentation of Innu: A Step toward the Preservation of Indigenous Languages of Quebec (Canada)
Renée Lambert-Bretiere, Assistant Professor, MLLI

Let’s Not Talk About Sex: Prostitutes as Knowledge Brokers in the Medieval Mediterranean
Susan McDonough, Associate Professor, History

‘All She Must Possess’, a neo-Modernist play about Etta Cone 
Susan McCully, Assistant Professor, Theatre

Railroad Track of Violence: Stories of the Chinese in 19th-Century America
Irene Chan, Associate Professor, Visual Arts

The Velvet Fist: Canadian Gay and Lesbian Liberation in 1981 Toronto
Calla Thompson, Associate Professor, Visual Arts and 2017 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow

Reconsidering Yoshida Shôin, Samurai Imperial Loyalist, through his Memory Landscape
Constantine N. Vaporis, Professor, History, and Director, Asian Studies Program and 2017 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow


Fall 2016

The Vanguard is Never Caught Napping: Informants and Police Inside the Black Panther Party in Baltimore, 1968-1972
Andy Holter, Historical Studies M.A. Program

The Quest for Livable Space: Futurity and Sonority in Early Twentieth-Century Black Narrative
Maleda Belilgne, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies and English

Jibooms, Barrels, and Arseholes: Singing Sex in Sea Chanteys
Jessica Floyd, Language, Literacy, and Culture Ph.D. Program and Dresher Center Residential Graduate Fellow

Spanish Movies
Erin Hogan, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Defining their Past and Immortalizing their Future: Women’s Monuments in Early Modern England
Kelly Daughtridge, Historical Studies M.A. Program and Dresher Center Residential Graduate Fellow

‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’: Poetry, Translation, and the News
Piotr Gwiazda, Professor, English

What is a Population-Level Cause?
Jessica Pfeifer, Associate Professor, Philosophy

The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists
Lisa Vetter, Assistant Professor, Political Science


Spring 2016

Philosophical Anarchism and Political Obligation: Kantian Questions
Michael Nance, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Using Digital Tools to Measure Transnationalism: Developing Typologies and Methodologies for Cross-cultural Comparisons of Television Formats
Edward Larkey, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

From Paid Wailing to Protestant Tears: The Transformation of Chinese Grief
Ruth E. Toulson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Humanistic Studies, MICA

Racial Violence and Vaudevillians of Color: The Makings of a Black Theater Circuit
Michelle Scott, Associate Professor, History

The American Civilization Institute: Toward a New History of Civic Engagement
Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor, History and Dresher Center Residential Fellow

Building an Augmented-Reality Reading Machine: A Documentary
Craig Saper, Professor, Language, Literacy, and Culture and Dresher Center Residential Fellow


Fall 2015

Imagining Otherwise: Narrating Transformative Identity Work in a College-Level Social Justice Course
Rachel Carter, Ph.D. student, Language Literacy and Culture, Fall 2015 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellow

Developing a new Professional Identity: Second Career Teachers
Sarah Shin, Professor, Education, Co-Director, M.A. TESOL Program

Sexual Necropolitics and the Gender of Betrayal in Latin American Literature and Film
Viviana MacManus, Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies

Memory and Memorialization in the midst of Colombia’s Armed Conflict
Felix Burgos, Ph.D. student, Language Literacy and Culture, Fall 2015 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellow

Human Agency, Intentionality, and Niche Construction
Erle Ellis, Professor, Geography and Environmental Systems

txt me im board: The Long Poem in Contemporary American Poetry

Tanya Olson, Lecturer, English


Spring 2015

Freedom Marooned: An Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Eighteenth-Century Dutch Caribbean
Marjoleine Kars, History

Design, Desire and Consumption
Peggy Re, Visual Arts

“We’ve Done Beautiful Work Here”: Resource Conservation as Intercultural Process in Mojanda, Ecuador
John Stolle-McAllister, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Making Time for Carbon: Understanding the Value of Nature and the Instability of Capital
David Lansing, Geography and Environmental Systems


Fall 2014

Acting While Black (and Male) in Disney’s Land
Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, Spring 2014 Dresher Center Residential Faculty Fellow

The Hopkinson Hoax of 1763
Kevin Wisniewski, Ph.D. student, Language Literacy and Culture, and Fall 2014 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellow

An American Enlightenment: Political Theory and the Origins of American Feminism
Lisa Vetter, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Neoliberal Globalization and the ‘Chinese Dream’
Fan Yang, Assistant Professor, Media and Communication Studies

Scribebamus epos: Identity and Confusion in Martial’s Exilic Poetry
Tim Phin, Lecturer, Ancient Studies


Spring 2014

Set in Stone? Posthumous Accounts, Epitaphs, and the Writing of Mid-Tang Literati Biographies
Anna M. Shields, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

‘Pleading the Belly’: Convict Transportation and Motherhood
Teresa Foster, PhD student, Language, Literacy and Culture

Leah’s Dybbuk: A Feminist Adaptation of a Classic Yiddish Play
Susan McCully, Theatre; Eve Muson, Theatre; and Michele Osherow, English

Explosive Figures: Population Projections and the Pill
Carole McCann, Gender + Women’s Studies


Fall 2013

Doing Feminist Translation as Local and Transnational Activism – The Turkish Translation and Reception of Virgin: The Untouched History
Emek Ergun, Ph.D. student, Language Literacy and Culture, Fall 2013 Dresher Center Graduate Residential Fellow

Improving the Art of Paper War: The Literary Gambols of Francis Hopkinson
Kevin Wisniewski, Ph.D. student, Language Literacy and Culture

Grin and Bear It: Humor as an Economy of Being
Kara Hunt, Post-doctoral Fellow

Beyond Representation: Approaching Violence and the Visual
Rebecca Adelman, Assistant Professor, Media & Communications Studies


Spring 2013

Methodological Approaches and Questions in Place-based Research
Kate Brown, History and Dresher Center Fellow, and Preminda Jacob, Visual Arts and Dresher Center Fellow

Electronic Literature and its Emerging Forms
Dene Grigar, Director of the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver and Curator of the Library of Congress

Remaking the Malthusian Couple for the Contraceptive Age: Calibrating the Risk of Pregnancy
Carole McCann, Gender + Women’s Studies

Being There: The Adventures Most Historians Would Rather Not Admit
Kate Brown, History and Dresher Center Fellow

One Baltimore Block from Inside Out
Amy Zanoni, History MA student

Trade Networks and Tourist Messiahs
Pilar K. Rau, Ph.D. candidate in Socio-cultural Anthropology:

Hit and Stay
Joe Tropea, M.A., UMBC Public History