Affiliate Faculty

Loren Henderson, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy

Office: 411 Public Policy




Kimberly Moffitt, Professor of American Studies Moffitt4

Kimberly R. Moffitt (Ph.D., Howard University) is currently serving as dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC. Before assuming this role, she was director of the Language, Literacy and Culture doctoral program and a professor of communication/media studies, as well as an affiliate professor of Africana Studies. A media critic whose research focuses on mediated representations of marginalized groups as well as the politicized nature of Black hair and the body, Dr. Moffitt has published several articles and book chapters, as well as five co-edited volumes, including Michelle Obama and the FLOTUS Effect: Platform, Presence, and Agency (Lexington Books, 2019), Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Representation in Scandal (Syracuse University Press, 2019), 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). Her latest work explores the black body in Disney programming and the impact of colorism on Black teens. Dr. Moffitt often writes op-ed articles for the Baltimore Sun and is a frequent guest on local public radio, television, and Internet broadcasting programs. She is a member of the public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the secretary of the board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and the founding parent and former board member of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Charter School, a 4th-8th college preparatory school.

Office: 459 Fine Arts

Contact: (410) 455-1451 |

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

George Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History and affiliate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics (U. of Georgia, 2012), co-author, with Chris Myers Asch, of Chocolate City, A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital (UNC, 2017), and several scholarly articles on Washington D.C. and contemporary African American political history. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and the Root. He is currently working on a web-based map of Black Power activism in Washington, D.C., broadly conceived as stretching from 1961 to 1998, and a book project tentatively titled “We must take to the streets again”: The Black Power Resurgence in Conservative America, 1980-97, which explores the burst of black activism that rose in opposition to the urban crisis and the conservative retrenchment. He earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 2005 and now lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.

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 and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. He is also an affiliate Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and an affiliate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture at UMBC. His research and publications focus on the intersections of race, gender, and queer sexuality in nineteenth-century European art and in the art and culture of the Black diaspora. His most recent publications in these areas include: “Picturing Jimmy, Picturing Self: James Baldwin, Beauford Delaney, and the Color of Light,” in Alice Mikal Craven, William E. Dow, and Yoko Nakamura, eds., Of Latitudes Unknown: James Baldwin’s Radical Imagination (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), 35-48; “The Past, Present, and Future of Black Queer Cinema,” in Mark Reid, ed., African-American Cinema Through Black Lives Consciousness (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2019), 275-296; “ ‘Expressive Camouflage’: Classicism, Race, and Homoerotic Desire in the Male Nudes of Richmond Barthé,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, no. 1 (Spring 2018),; “Reading Aaron Douglas as Collage and Pastiche,” Revue française d’études américaines, no. 154 (2018): 13-32; and “Sculpting African Nouveau: Primitivism, Ethnography, and Afro-Kitsch in the Works of Woodrow Nash,” International Review of African American Art, 26, no. 2 (2016): 29-44. He is the author of Homosexualty in Art (Parkstone Press, 2003), and The Homoerotic Photography of Carl Van Vechten: Public Face, Private Thoughts (Temple University Press, 2006). He is currently working on a book titled Féral Benga: African Muse of Modernism.

Office: 325 Fine Arts

Contact: 410-455-1397 |