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The College of Arts and Humanities welcomes the new faculty cohort to UMD.
Art | Communication | English | History | Languages, Literatures, and Cultures | Music | Philosophy | TDPS | Women’s Studies






Department of Art


CY KEENER: Assistant Professor

Cy Keener is an interdisciplinary artist who uses environmental sensing and kinetic sculpture to record, represent and understand meteorological phenomena. Recent work includes installations that visualize rainfall, wind and waves. Keener received a Master of Fine Arts from Stanford University in 2016 and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005.  He has lectured at Stanford and the University of Colorado Boulder and he has been commissioned for installations at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas. Keener spent the past year as an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk.

 Department of Communication 

JIYOUN KIM: Assistant Professor

Jiyoun Kim earned a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between emerging media and risk communication with special emphasis on public opinion dynamics related to contested technologies. Currently, she is interested in how social media influences public attitudes toward controversial issues. Kim has published numerous research articles in outlets such as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Risk AnalysisEnergy Policy, and the Journal of Nanoparticle Research. She recently completed a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at the University of Kentucky.


KANG NAMKOONG: Assistant Professor

Kang Namkoong earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. Before Maryland, he held a tenure-track position at the University of Kentucky. Namkoong's research focuses on the interrelationships between emerging media and health communication, with areas of focus including health system effects and health promotion for underserved populations. He has over twenty peer-reviewed journal articles and has secured extramural grants from several government funding agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His future work will investigate the potential of mobile communication technologies in public health campaigns.

 Department of English


Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes earned her doctorate in English with a Creative Dissertation from the University of Georgia in 2017, and she also holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Colorado. Fuentes teaches fiction writing and Latinx and Caribbean literature. Her first novel, “The Sleeping World,” was published by Touchstone-Simon & Schuster in 2016. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and Blue Mountain Arts Center. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications. She is currently working on a second book that reimagines “Wuthering Heights” as a novel of passing and a third novel that explores mixed-race Latina identity.


SARA WILDER: Assistant Professor

Sara Wilder earned her doctorate in rhetoric, composition and literacy studies from The Ohio State University in 2017. Her primary teaching and research interests are in composition and writing center studies. Her dissertation, "Collaboration and Authority in Writing Center-sponsored Writing Groups," examined learning and collaborative composing practices in three multidisciplinary writing groups. In addition to her work on writing groups, Wilder is also working on a study of community-based research in writing courses.


Department of History


MIRCEA RAIANU: Assistant Professor

Mircea Raianu received his doctorate in history from Harvard University in 2017. His research and teaching interests encompass modern South Asia, the British Empire and histories of capitalism and economic life broadly construed. Raianu's first book project, "The Incorporation of India:The Tata Business Firm Between Empire and Nation," focuses on India's largest and most influential corporate group since the early twentieth century. The research was supported primarily by a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship in 2013-14. Raianu is also at work on a series of related articles, including a study of law and sovereignty in the steel and mining belt of eastern India.

School of Lanuagues, Literatures, and Cultures


ELISA GIRONZETTI: Assistant Professor

Dr. Elisa Gironzetti earned a doctorate in Spanish from the University of Alicante in 2013 and a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2017. Her work on humor and Hispanic applied linguistics has appeared in Humor, the Journal of Literary Semantics, the “Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor,” and the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching. Gironzetti is currently co-editing the “Routledge Handbook of Spanish Language Teaching: Metodología, contextos y recursos para laenseñanza.” At Maryland, Gironzetti will teach Spanish and applied linguistics courses as well as expand her research agenda in multimodal discourse analysis and Hispanic applied linguistics.

School of Music

SARAH FRISOF: Associate Professor

Sarah Frisof earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2009. Earlier degrees were earned at Juilliard and the Eastman School. A semifinalist in the 2009 Kobe International Flute Competition, Frisof was second prizewinner at the National Flute Association’s Young Artist and the Heida Hermann’s International Woodwind competitions. Frisof’s research interests include the creation of new works for flute and she recently released her first solo recording, “The Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner.” Upcoming concerts include engagements at the University of Michigan as well as a performance/educational project with the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas.


SIV B. LIE: Assistant Professor

Siv B. Lie received her doctorate in music from New York University in 2017. Her research in ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology examines the cultural politics of expressive practices and minority rights with a focus on how Romani (“Gypsy”) populations use music and language to serve their own social, political and economic interests. Lie is working on a monograph based on her dissertation, “The Cultural Politics of Jazz Manouche and Romani Representation in France,” which asks how the genre of jazz manouche shapes interethnic relations and how music becomes political. Lie looks forward to integrating ethnographic and performative teaching and research methods at the Maryland.

KEVIN SHORT: Associate Professor

Bass-baritone Kevin Short was trained at Morgan State University, the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Before Maryland, he was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Miami. Short's repertoire includes “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” “Attila,” “Don Carlos,” and “Carmen,” and he has performed roles with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Opéra Comique, Theatre Caen and the Staatstheater Stuttgart. Maintaining an active festival and concert schedule, Short is a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Opera America Competition.

Department of Philosophy


HARJIT BHOGAL: Assistant Professor

Harjit Bhogal earned his doctorate in philosophy from New York University in 2017, and focuses his work on the philosophy of science and metaphysics. His dissertation studied why it is valuable for there to be a variety of sciences, all working largely autonomously, even when ultimately the world is just physics. Before Maryland, Bhogal published on the metaphysical nature of scientific laws in Nous and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. He is currently working on a project about the variety of types of understanding that science can give, especially about an understanding of human behavior learned from economics and neuroscience.


BRIAN KOGELMANN: Assistant Professor

Brian Kogelmann received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona in June 2017. He is interested in questions about how persons with diverse and conflicting values can live together with one another on terms acceptable to all. Beyond this he has interests in the philosophical foundations of game and decision theory as well as social choice theory. To date, Kogelmann's research has appeared in the Journal of Philosophy and American Political Science Review, among others. He is currently writing a book manuscript on contractarianism and social contract theory.



HALLIE LIBERTO: Associate Professor

Hallie Liberto is a philosopher who works in normative ethics and social philosophy. She earned her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. Before moving to the University of Maryland, Liberto was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. She has published articles in Ethics and The Journal of Moral Philosophy. Liberto spent the 2014-15 academic year as a Rockefeller Fellow in the Institute for Human Values at Princeton University and this past spring as a visiting fellow at the Australian National University. She is now writing a book on the topic of consent and promissory release entitled “Green Light Ethics.”


School of Theatre, Dance, and Performative Studies


CRYSTAL U. DAVIS: Assistant Professor

Crystal U. Davis earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Texas Woman’s University in 2003. A researcher of the relationship between belief and human movement, Davis has presented at conferences hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Dance Education Organization. She has also authored a chapter in the “Palgrave Handbook on Race and the Arts in Education.” Davis served as grant panelist for the South Carolina Arts Council and board member for the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Her awards include Emory University’s Pioneer Award.


Department of Women's Studies


IVÁN A. RAMOS: Assistant Professor

Iván A. Ramos received his doctorate in performance studies with a designated emphasis in women, gender and sexuality from University of California, Berkeley. Ramos's first book, “Sonic Negations: Unbelonging Subjects, Inauthentic Objects, and Sound between Mexico and the United States,” examines how Mexican and U.S. Latino/a artists and publics utilized sound to articulate negation in the wake of NAFTA. His broader research investigates the links and slippages between transnational Latino/a American aesthetics in relationship to the everydayness of contemporary and historical violence. Research has appeared in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and ASAP/Journal.

CAROL A. STABILE: Professor and Chair

Carol Stabile received her doctorate from Brown University in 1992. She researches the history of gender, race and class in media institutions. Book publications include “Feminism and the Technological Fix and White Victims, Black Villains: Gender, Race, and Crime News in US Culture.” Articles have appeared in Camera ObscuraCultural Studies, and South Atlantic Quarterly. Stabile is managing editor of the Fembot Collective, co-editor of Ada: A Journal of GenderNew Media, and Technology, and edits the University of Illinois Press's Feminist Media Studies series. Her forthcoming book, completed with the support of an ACLS Fellowship, tells the story of a group of women who were driven from U.S. media industries during the Cold War.