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Meet the Team

 Brigid StarkeyFelipe Filomeno
Tania LizarazoChristopher Brown |James Hamilton | Grace Castle

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Brigid Starkey, Ph.D.

Dr. Starkey is a Senior Lecturer of Political Science at UMBC and the 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


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Christopher Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown is a Lecturer in the Global Studies Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include political subjectivity, transnational migration and international education. In addition to research experience in Ghana and the United States, he has lived and travelled extensively in Egypt, France and Switzerland.

As well as a co-authored article soon to be published in Current Anthropology (“Critical Transitions from Pastoralism to Ranching in Central Africa”), Dr. Brown is working to convert his latest study, entitled “The Cultural Logic of Strangerhood: Subjectivity, Migration and Belonging among Ghana’s Transnational Zongo Community”, for submission to various peer-reviewed journals. His office is in FAB 552.


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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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.