The faculty of the Department of Humanistic Studies is made up of multidisciplinary scholars who are dedicated to the unique mission of the major to prepare artists and designers to be public intellectuals who contribute to our cultural life as creators and thinkers--redefining our ideas of what it means to be human in relation to ourselves, others, and the world.

Humanistic Studies Faculty

Mel Michelle Lewis - Chair

Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis (they > she) is Chair of Humanistic Studies and Associate Professor of Black/Ethnic Studies & Gender/Sexuality Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Jeanette Gerrity Gómez - Assistant Chair

Jeanette Gerrity Gómez has a BA in Spanish from Loyola University in Maryland, and an MA in TESOL from Notre Dame University in Maryland.

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Timmy Aziz

Timmy Aziz studied Physics at Trinity College, Oxford University, and architecture at The Architectural Association, London, and the Cooper Union, New York City, where he received his professional degree.

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Mikita Brottman

Mikita Brottman is an author and psychoanalyst with particular interests in true crime, forensics, psychoanalysis, animals, abjection, and the unexplained.

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Mina Cheon

Mina Cheon (PhD, MFA) is a global Korean-American new media artist, scholar, and educator who divides her time between Baltimore, New York, and Seoul, Korea.

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Robin Corbet

Robin Corbet obtained a PhD in high-energy astrophysics from University College London at their Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

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Amy Eisner

Amy Eisner received her AB in English from Harvard University and her MA in poetry from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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Soheila Ghaussy

Soheila Ghaussy, earned her Magister der Literaturwissenschaften (the equivalent of an MA degree) from Hamburg University, where she majored in English and American Literature and minored in Middle Eastern Studies.

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Michèle K. Glenn

Michèle K. Glenn attained a BA in Art History from the University of California at Irvine; an MA in Public Communication from American University, Washington, DC; a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) from the Teachers Development Institute, Boston; and an MS in Professional Writing from Towson University in Maryland.

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Forrest Hall

Dr. Forrest Hall, a physicist, currently teaches Climatology and Astronomy at MICA and at Johns Hopkins University’s Odyssey program.

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William Hilgartner

Dr. Hilgartner (Bill) has been teaching aspects of bird and plant ecology, paleoecology, geology, and evolution for over 30 years.

William Hilgartner

Paul Long

Paul Long has taught a variety of courses in MICA's Humanistic Studies department over the past decade, including: Genre: Introduction to Creative Writing, Hypertext: 21st Century Electronic Writing and Theory, Experimental Narrative and Mixed Media, and Contemporary American Poetry.

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Christine Manganaro, Associate Dean of Liberal Arts

Christine Manganaro is a historian of science and of the modern United States with interests in US imperialism, racial formation, scientific expertise, and the history of the social sciences, life sciences, and medicine.

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Saul Myers

Saul Myers (Ph.D., Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University) teaches courses in philosophy, literature, and intellectual history.

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Alan Orr

D. Alan Orr has a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a BA and MA from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario.

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John Peacock

With a Harvard undergraduate degree in anthropology and a Columbia Ph.D. in comparative literature, John Peacock has been an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, a Senior Fulbright Lecturer, and a grantee of the American Philosophical Society.

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Courtney Sender

Courtney Sender teaches creative and academic writing at MICA, and has taught creative writing at Yale and Johns Hopkins universities.

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Christopher Shipley

Christopher Shipley, Professor Emeritus, has a PhD from the University of Chicago, and an MA and BA from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Michael Sizer

Michael Sizer is a historian with interests in political culture and philosophy, cultural history, interdisciplinary studies of literature and ideas, urban history, and the history of revolt and revolution.

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Ruth Toulson

Ruth E. Toulson joined the faculty at MICA in Fall 2015. She is a Cambridge trained socio-cultural anthropologist (PhD 2009) whose ethnographic research shifts between sites in Southeast Asia and Mainland China.

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Eglute Trinkauskaite

Eglute Trinkauskaite is a full time faculty in Humanistic Studies department at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Eglute Trinkauskaite

Elizabeth Wagenheim

Elizabeth Holden Wagenheim joined the Humanistic Studies department in 2012, where she enjoys both teaching international students and coordinating the ELL program at MICA.

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Mary Washington

Mary Washington has been a faculty member at MICA for many years in addition to her political work, currently as a Maryland State Senator.