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Meet the Team

Rebecca BoehlingBrigid StarkeyFelipe Filomeno
Tania LizarazoJames Hamilton | Rita Turner | Grace Castle

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Photo by Annette Hornischer, courtesy of the American Academy in Berlin

Rebecca Boehling, Ph.D.

Rebecca Boehling began teaching modern European history, Jewish Studies and women’s history at UMBC in 1989, She is the author of A Question of Priorities: Democratic Reform and Economic Recovery in Postwar Germany (Berghahn Books: Providence and Oxford, 1996) and together with Uta Larkey, Life and Loss in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Jewish Family’s Untold Story (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011) as well as the co-editor of three volumes on victims of the Nazis and Displaced Persons. She has published numerous articles on both gender and politics in occupied Germany.

After serving as the founding director of UMBC’s Dresher Center for the Humanities from 2007 until 2012 she was recruited to lead the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Germany. She transformed the ITS from a traditional tracing service to investigate the fates of victims of the Nazis for victims’ families to a full scale archive and research center with over 30 million documents. Dr. Boehling returned to UMBC in early 2016 to work on a sabbatical project comparing the theory and practice of denazification in the three western zones of post-WWII Germany. In the fall 2016, as a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, she analyzed denazification as a form of transitional justice, the subject of her next book.
Dr. Boehling is in FAB 553.


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Brigid Starkey, Ph.D.

Dr. Starkey is a Senior Lecturer of Political Science at UMBC and the Associate Director of the Global Studies program. She teaches in the areas of foreign policy, international negotiation, the Middle East, and teaching and learning strategies in the college classroom.

She has published articles in such journals as Simulation and GamingThe Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, and International Studies Notes. Dr. Starkey is the co-author with Mark Boyer and Jonathan Wilkenfeld of International Negotiation in a Complex World (4th Edition, forthcoming, 2014). Dr. Starkey is in FAB 558  (click here for calendar)


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Felipe Filomeno, Ph.D.

Dr. Felipe A. Filomeno is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies at UMBC. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a Fulbright scholar. His current research investigates the local dimension of immigration politics and policy, with a focus on the Latin American diaspora in Baltimore. His latest book – Theories of Local Immigration Policy – was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.
Dr. Filomeno is in PUP 320  (click here for calendar)




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Tania Lizarazo, Ph.D.

Dr. Lizarazo received her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Cultures, with emphases in Feminist Theory & Research and Studies in Performance & Practice from the University of California, Davis in 2015. Her research interests include digital storytelling, Latin American cultural studies, transnational feminisms and memory studies.

Her recent digital storytelling projects are a collaboration with the Gender Committee of a farmers’ organization from the Colombian Pacific: and a collaboration with members of farm working communities in California’sCentral


James Hamilton

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.


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Rita Turner, Ph.D.

Dr. Turner teaches in the departments of American Studies; Media and Communication Studies; and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her teaching areas include global sustainability, food justice, ecofeminism, EcoJustice education, and environmental discourse. She is the author of Teaching for EcoJustice: Curriculum and Lessons for Secondary and College Classrooms (Routledge 2015).




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Grace Castle

Grace joined the Global Studies program staff in the Autumn of 2017 as full-time Academic Advisor. She formerly worked as an International Academic Advisor at Laureate International Education, Inc. Prior to that, Grace worked for several years supporting American students as they studied abroad in England, where she was completing postgraduate work. She holds a B.A. in Classical Language and Civilizations from Loyola University Maryland and an M.A. in Greek and Roman Archaeology from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. Grace has a passion for international educational experience and is devoted to supporting students in achieving their academic goals.