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Faculty and Staff


Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Social Science Scholarship (

Deborah Geare, Associate Director of MIPAR ( 410-455-1081

Carolyn Flowers, Business Manager ( 410-455-1084

Elle Trusz, Business Specialist ( 410-455-1083

Jesse Mashbaum, Business Specialist (

Muriel Averilla-Chin, Business Specialist (

Michele Bange, Administrative Assistant ( 410-455-1080


Faculty who have submitted proposals through MIPAR

MIPAR draws upon the expertise of members of the UMBC faculty to serve as principal investigators or advisors in its research endeavors.

Public Policy
Timothy J. Brennan, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin. Antitrust law and policy, regulatory economics, electricity markets, telecommunications and broadcasting, copyright and intellectual property, philosophy of economics

George R. La Noue, Ph.D., Yale University. Education policy (K-12 and higher), constitutional law and policy (civil rights and First Amendment), public procurement policy

Marvin B. Mandell, Ph.D., Northwestern University. Program and policy evaluation; evidence-based policymaking

Nancy A. Miller, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Health policy, disability and long term care, health disparities, aging policy

David Salkever, Ph.D., Harvard University. Economics of health policy and health care financing, economics of mental health, disability studies, economics and behavior of nonprofit organizations


Bambi Chapin, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego. Psychodynamics and child development in socio-cultural context, social and emotional relationships, mental health and illness, dissociation and trauma, trance and spirit possession, South Asia

Sarah Chard, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Healthcare utilization, treatment adherence, urban anthropology

J. Kevin Eckert, Ph.D., Northwestern University. Environmental gerontology, medical anthropology, aging services management and delivery, residential care/long term care quality, qualitative research

Ann Christine Frankowski, Ph.D., Indiana University. Cultural anthropology, residential settings and support communities for older adults, qualitative research methods

Andrea Kalfoglou, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bioethics, public health ethics, reproductive policy and ethics, genetics policy and ethics research, public engagement in science and policymaking

Christine Mair, Ph.D., North Carolina State. Life course, social ties, family, aging, health, social inequality (race, class, and gender), and globalization

Leslie Morgan, Ph.D., University of Southern California. Aging, gender roles, family, senior living arrangements

John Schumacher, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve. Medical sociology, physician-patient relationships, health care delivery in emergency departments and assisted living facilities, social gerontology, research methods

Brandy Harris Wallace, Ph.D., Florida State University, Tallahassee. Social inequality (race, class, gender), paraprofessional healthcare workforce in senior housing, physician-patient interaction, health disparities.

Robert E. Carpenter, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis. Macroeconomics, monetary economics, industrial organization, theory of the firm

Dennis Coates, Ph.D., University of Maryland. Public choice, public finance, sports economics

Lisa Dickson, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Labor economics, economics of education, econometrics

Scott Farrow, Ph.D., Washington State University. Industrial organization, environmental economics and risk analysis.

Tim Gindling, Ph.D., Cornell University. Economic development

David H. Greenberg, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Emeritus). Labor economics, industrial relations.

Emergency Management Services
Richard Bissell, Ph.D., University of Denver. Disaster public health, international EMS, emergency management

Geography and Environmental Systems
David Lansing, Ph.D., Ohio State University, conservation policy and rural livelihoods

Christy Ford Chapin, Ph.D., University of Virginia. Political economy, capitalism studies, U.S. 20th century (2014 MIPAR Faculty Fellow)

Amy Froide, Ph.D., Duke University. Early modern Britain, gender (2015 MIPAR Faculty Fellow)

Language, Literacy and Culture

Christine Mallinson, Ph.D. North Carolina State University. Language in its social context

Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication

Sara Z. Poggio, Ph.D., University of Maryland. Latin American societies, Hispanics in the U.S.

Political Science

Jeffrey Davis, Ph.D., Georgia State University. Public law and human rights (2014 MIPAR Faculty Fellow)

Tyson King-Meadows, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Congress, African-American politics, electoral behavior

Susan Sonnenschein, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook. Educational/cognitive development of children from different SES and ethnicities