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Bediako-8494Shawn Bediako, Associate Professor of Psychology

Shawn M. Bediako, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he directs the community psychology track within the Human Services Psychology doctoral program.

Dr. Bediako’s unique program of research utilizes innovative research methods and interdisciplinary approaches to enhance our understanding of the social, psychological, and biological complexities of adult adjustment to sickle cell disease. He is also actively engaged in training the next generation of scientist-practitioners to be fluent in sociocultural and historical dimensions of scientific research.

Dr. Bediako completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Central Arkansas and received a master’s degree in community psychology from Florida A&M University. He earned a doctorate in social/health psychology from Stony Brook University and has held visiting scholar appointments at Ithaca College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Office: Math/Psychology 306

Contact:  (410) 455-2349 |


Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies Moffitt4

Kimberly R. Moffitt is associate professor of American Studies and affiliate associate professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program. Her teaching interests include culture, media studies/criticism, Black hair and body politics, sports and media, and popular culture.

Professor Moffitt’s research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body. She has published three co-edited volumes, including Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair and Body Politics in Africana Communities (Hampton Press, 2010), The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Campaign (SUNY Press, 2010) and The 1980s: A Transitional Decade? (Lexington Books, 2011). She has also published her work in academic journals and several edited volumes. Her current research projects continue to explore the black body such as her work exploring white femininity in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and the representations of Black males on Disney television programming. She extends her research interests into the community by offering workshops on Black hair and body politics as it relates to bullying among middle school girls.

Professor Moffitt often writes op-ed articles for the Baltimore Sun and is a frequent guest on local public radio programs. She is a member of the public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a founding parent and board member of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Charter School, a 4th-12th college preparatory school.

Office: 459 Fine Arts

Contact: (410) 455-1451 |


tyson-king-meadowsTyson King-Meadows, Associate Dean, Research & College Affairs

Dr. Tyson King-Meadows is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean, Research & College Affairs. He is also an affiliate of the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR), an affiliate of the Department of Public Policy, and a Faculty Fellow of the Honors College. He received a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina Central University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary research interests concern African American political behavior and attitudes, identity politics, race and representation, Congress, and elections. He is active in the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), and a former president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). Dr. King-Meadows has also received a number of teaching, service, and research awards, including a fellowship to the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research at Harvard University, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Ghana, West Africa, and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for a residency at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. He also serves as an Alumni Ambassador of the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Dr. King-Meadows is particularly interested in exploring the impact of black political engagement, civil rights law, identity group politics, and racial representation on the black socioeconomic condition from the latter twentieth century to present day. For example, see the recently released book When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama (Lexington Books, 2011). This book draws from government data, legislative history, Supreme Court decisions, survey results, and the 2006 reauthorization debate to examine how executive and judicial discretion facilitates violations of the Voting Rights Act. While challenging the executive-centered model of leadership on voting rights, this book puts forth a Congress-centered leadership model that would satisfy the goals of the black civil rights movement and give fuller support to the Fifteenth Amendment. Dr. King-Meadows is also co-author with Thomas F. Schaller of Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-first Century (State University of New York Press, 2006). His next book (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press) examines contemporary racial identity politics and the senatorial and gubernatorial candidacies of black federal representatives.

Office: 442 Fine Arts

Contact: (410) 455-2194 |


Derek-Musgrove-300x200George Derek Musgrove, Associate Professor of History

Professor Musgrove teaches courses in Post-WWII United States History with an emphasis on African American politics. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (University of Georgia Press, 2012) and a number of popular and scholarly articles on post-civil rights era black politics. He is currently working on a history of race and democracy in Washington, DC with his good friend Chris Myers Asch. Find more information on his website,

Office: 509 Fine Arts

Contact: 410-455-2044 |


photoMSMichelle Scott, Associate Professor of History

Professor Michelle R. Scott’s teaching and research interests include 20th-century United States history, African American history, women’s history, black musical culture, and civil rights. She has published in Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times, (University of Georgia Press, 2009) and is the author of Blues Empress in Black Chattanooga: Bessie Smith and the Emerging Urban South (University of Illinois Press, 2008). Professor Scott is currently working on a study of the origins and economic ramifications of a pivotal black vaudeville theater circuit in the 1920s and 30s. She is the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, an MHEC Henry C. Welcome Grant, and a Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellowship. She mentors Historical Studies master’s and LLC doctoral students, particularly in women’s and African American history. Former students have gone on to graduate programs at institutions such as Georgia State University, American University, Morgan State University, and Ohio State University. Professor Scott is an affiliate associate professor in the Africana Studies Department, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and the Language, Literature, and Culture Doctoral Program. Read a recent interview with Prof. Scott in the UMBC Magazine.

Office: 507 Fine Arts

Contact: 410-455-2035 |


JAMES SMALLSJames Smalls, Professor of Art History and Theory

James Smalls is Professor of Art History and Theory and Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research and publications focus on the intersections of race, gender, and queer sexuality issues in nineteenth-century European art and in the art and culture of the black diaspora. His most recent publications in these areas include: “Menace at the Portal: Masculine Desire and the Homoerotics of Orientalism,” in Joan DelPlato and Julie Codell, eds., Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures (London and New York: Routledge, 2016); “Racial Antics in Late Nineteenth-Century French Art and Popular Culture,” in Susan Libby and Adrienne Childs, eds., Blacks and Blackness in European Visual Culture of the Long 19th Century (Ashgate: Surrey, UK and Burlington, VT., 2014), and “Sculpting Black Queer Bodies and Desires: The Case of Richmond Barthé, in Anne Crémieux, Xavier Lemoine, Jean-Paul Rocchi, eds., Understanding Blackness Through Performance: Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is the author of Homosexuality in Art (Parkstone Press, 2003), and The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten: Public Face, Private Thoughts (Temple University Press, 2006). He is currently completing a book entitled Féral Benga: African Muse of Modernism.

Office: 325 Fine Arts

Contact: 410-455-1397 |