Elizabeth Clifford joined the Dept.
of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Towson in 2000. Her
research interests are immigration, gender, inequality, race and ethnicity,
and pedagogy. Her co-authored book,
Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience, was
published by New York University Press in Spring 2011. She is also director
of TU’s American Studies program, and is the coordinator of Towson’s
Baltimore Immigration Summit. She earned degrees from University of Toronto
and Northwestern University, and has previously taught at Northwestern,
University of Illinois-Chicago, and Connecticut College.
Nicole Ann Dombrowski is Associate
Professor of History at Towson University. She is editor of
Women and War in
the Twentieth Century (Routledge: 2004) and
has authored several articles and reviews about the history of France during
World War II and under the Vichy Regime. Her forth-coming book is titled
under Fire: German Invasion, Civilian Flight and Family Survival during
World War II (Cambridge University Press).
She has held lecture posts at NYU and Princeton University. She is currently
writing a history of a French family farm, which examines the survival of an
olive farm over seven generations through confrontations with war, weather,
political and agricultural transformations. In 2010, she was awarded the
distinction of Chevalier de la Confrèrerie de la Olive Noire
for her research on olive cultivation. She offers graduate courses on
comparative historical research, World War II, Gender History, Comparative
Fascism and is developing a course on sustainability and small-holder
Dr. John B. Egger, Professor of Economics, has a wide variety of interests and background. His undergraduate degree, in engineering physics, was followed by masters degrees in electrical engineering, business administration (finance), and economics. After preliminary work on doctoral dissertations in economic anthropology and economic history, he finished his Ph.D. by writing in the history of economic thought, one of the subjects he teaches at Towson. (Others include microeconomic principles and an upper-level course on the relationship between government and the economy.) His primary research interest is the Austrian School of Economics. Dr. Egger’s hobbies include amateur radio and hiking.
Dr. Michael J. Korzi
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Master's Program in
Michael J. Korzi is Professor of Political Science and Director of the
Master's Program in Social Science. He teaches and researches Congress, the
presidency, and political philosophy. His articles have appeared in
publications such as Presidential
Studies Quarterly and Congress
and the Presidency, and he has published two books:
A Seat of Popular Leadership: The
Presidency, Political Parties, and Democratic Government (University of
Massachusetts Press, 2004); and
Presidential Term Limits: Power, Principles & Politics (Texas A&M
University Press, 2011).
Paul T. McCartney is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department. He teaches and researches international relations and American politics in the 21st century. His articles have appeared in journals such as Political Science Quarterly and The Journal of American History, and he has published a book: Power and Progress: American National Identity, the War of 1898, and the Rise of American Imperialism (Louisiana State University Press, 2006).
Dr. Mortenson holds the rank of Associate Professor within the Department of
Psychology.He is recognized as
graduate faculty by the University of Maryland system, and teaches in a
number of programs on campus.Dr.
Mortenson completed his graduate studies at Gallaudet University in
Washington (MA in Developmental Psychology and Psy.S. in School Psychology
with an emphasis on deafness).He
also attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he earned a
second Masters' degree in general psychology (emphasis in applied behavior
analysis) and a Ph.D. in Psychology (concentration in School Psychology).Dr. Mortenson is one of the three principle faculty within the
graduate-level School Psychology program at Towson University.In addition to graduate instruction, Dr. Mortenson served on the
steering committee that developed the curriculum and course sequence for the
graduate program in Social Sciences.
To this end, Dr. Mortenson developed a survey Lifespan course as one of the
core offerings within the program. Dr.
Mortenson is an active researcher, presenter and mentor for graduate and
undergraduate students alike.
Paul Munroe joined the department in 2001 after earning MA and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Stanford University and a BA from San Jose State University. Before joining the Towson faculty, Dr. Munroe was a lecturer at San Jose State. His teaching foci are social psychology, group processes, and research methods.
Paul's research interests include group processes, social psychology, social stratification and inequality, and the study of adolescence. Recent collaborations have led to articles in Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Focus, Small Group Research, Advances in Group Processes, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, and The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. Present projects involve the study of the legitimacy of informal and formal social structures.
Steven Phillips is Professor in the History Department at Towson University.He is also a professional lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.He earned his PhD in modern Chinese history from Georgetown
University in 1998.Before coming to
Towson, he was an historian with the United States Department of State,
where he compiled the Foreign Relations of the United States volume
on Sino-American relations during the Nixon years.In 2003, Stanford University Press published his book, Between
Independence and Assimilation: The Taiwanese Elite Confront Nationalist
China, 1945-1950.He has also
written on the Taiwanese independence movement, intelligence reform,
overseas Chinese, and Sino-Japanese conflict.He travels frequently
to China and Taiwan.
Professor Ronn Pineo is Chair of the Department of History.
He has worked at Towson University for the past 23 years. Dr. Pineo
received his Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of
California, Irvine in 1987.
the author of three books on the history of Latin America:
Ecuador and the United States:
Useful Strangers Cities of Hope
People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America,
1870-1930 and Social and Economic Reform in Ecuador: Life and Work in
Dr. Pineo is
a Fulbright scholar, having served in Ecuador and Mexico.
Dr. Akim D. Reinhardt,
Associate Professor of History
Akim Reinhardt is an Associate
Professor in the History Department with a research specialty in Indigenous
Studies.For the Masters of Arts program in Social Sciences he
has taught 602(Comparative History) and 626 (Comparative Indigenous
In addition to several journal
articles, he has published the book Ruling Pine Ridge: Oglala Politics from
the IRA to Wounded Knee (Texas Tech, 2007), which one the Book of the Year
award from the Center for Great Plains Studies.He is currently at work on two books: a document
collection of Lakota Sioux political history, and an examination of American
social relations called Disintegration: The Decline of American communities.
His essays have also appeared in
popular venues, including The Huffington Post, Patch.com, and 3 Quarks
Daily.He blogs at ThePublicProfessor.com
He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1989),
an M.A. from Hunter College City University of New York (1995), and a Ph.D.
from the University of Nebraska (2000)
James Roberts received his MA and Ph.D. from the School of International Service of American University in Washington, DC. His areas of research and teaching include international political economy, comparative politics, research methods, game theory, and mathematical modeling. Prior to his work at Towson University, Dr. Roberts worked many years for the US government and in private enterprise evaluating the effectiveness of economic development programs. Dr. Roberts has published one book, International Relations using MicroCase Explorit (Wadsworth) and has published articles and chapters on research methods and international political economy. His current research explores game theoretic models of the provision of social goods in international relations. Dr. Roberts served as the chairperson of the Department of Political Science and also served for nine years as the director of the international studies program at Towson University.
Dr. Charles Schmitz, Associate
Professor of Geography
Dr. Schmitz joined the Geography Department at Towson University in 1999
where he teaches an introductory course on Human Geography, core courses in
Quantitative Methods and in the history of the discipline of Geography. in
his graduate studies at U.C. Berkeley in Geography, he specialized in
history and geography of the Arab World and in the political economy of
development in general. He received his doctorate in 1997 and began working
at Towson in 1999. Dr. Schmitz has written about the geopolitics of
globalization, national sovereignty in peripheral countries after the cold
war and articles on Yemeni politics and economics.
Dr. Miriam Sealock,
Associate Professor Miriam Sealock
joined the Towson University Department of Sociology, Anthropology &
Criminal Justice in 2000. Dr. Sealock earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and
Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her teaching
and research specializations include policing, delinquency prevention and
treatment, and criminological theory. Her research has been published in
such journals as Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and
Delinquency, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.
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Dr. Timothy Sullivan
Chairperson, Towson University Senate and Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. Sullivan's areas of specialization are economic
history, urban and regional economics, and statistical analysis. He is
particularly interested in both the early stages of industrialization and
the transition either to or away from an industrial society.
Expertise in Economics History; Humanities; Regional
Jeremy Tasch is Towson University's first interdisciplinary hire in Eurasian and global studies. He came to Towson from his previous position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he helped create the university's first geography and environmental studies department and first undergraduate degree program in international studies. Dr. Tasch is a principal investigator on a five-country, 3-year NSF-funded study of the geopolitics of climate change in the Arctic. A recipient of two Fulbright awards to the Russian Far East and the Kyrgyz Republic, he spent almost five years as chief-of-mission for an international NGO in Azerbaijan, where he helped create the first multi-institutional educational center and library funded by the U.S. Department of State.
The internship program he began in cooperation with the US Embassy and the Government of Azerbaijan has had 60 participants placed with the Ministries of Ecology, Education, Foreign Affairs, and Communication and Information Management. Jeremy's publications touch on themes of indigenous peoples, energy resources, critical geopolitics, globalization, and pedagogical innovation.