At the heart of our program is a nationally recognized full-time core faculty in public policy, distinguished by their excellence in teaching as well as their research, publications and public service.

Core Public Policy Faculty


The interdisciplinary public policy program includes outstanding affiliate faculty from related social science departments on the UMBC campus.

Affiliate Faculty


Salem Abo-Zaid 
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; monetary economics, macroeconomics, fiscal policy

Maria Bernedo Del Carpio
Ph.D., Georgia State University; environmental, behavioral, experimental, urban and regional economics

Robert Carpenter
Ph.D., Washington University; macroeconomics, monetary economics, industrial organization, theory of the firm

Dennis Coates
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; public economics, public finance, sports economics

Lisa Dickson
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; labor economics, economics of education, econometrics

Thomas Gindling, Jr.
Ph.D., Cornell University; economic development (Economics advisor)

Douglas Lamdin
Ph.D., University of Maryland; corporate finance, managerial economics

David Mitch, Chair
Ph.D., University of Chicago; American and European economic history

Morgan Rose
Ph.D., Washington University; Applied microeconomics, corporate finance, corporate governance, industrial organization, financial institutions

Christelle Viauroux
Ph.D., University of Toulouse, France; theoretical and applied econometrics, structural applied microeconomics, structural applied game theory, microeconomics

Chungming Yuan
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; international economics and finance, financial economics, econometrics


Christopher Rakes
Ph.D., University of Louisville; mathematics education, secondary education, mathematics misconceptions, teacher knowledge, research methodology, research quality

Eugene Shaffer
Ed.D., Temple University; international education, classroom interaction, school reform, school effectiveness, schools high-reliability, students placed at-risk

Michele Stites
Ed.D., George Washington University; early childhood mathematics, special education


Lucy E. Wilson
M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine; public health response, epidemiology, infectious diseases, emerging infectious diseases, and antibiotic resistance


Matthew Baker
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; watershed ecology, riparian ecosystems, ecosystem/landscape ecology, watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry

Dawn Biehler
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison; historical geography of public health in US cities, environmental justice, urban and feminist political ecology, housing, human-animal interactions

Erle C. Ellis
Ph.D., Cornell University; global ecology, landscape ecology, biogeochemistry, land-use change and sustainable land management

Margaret B. Holland
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; human dimensions of environmental change, land tenure, environmental conservation and resource management, land use dynamics, rural livelihood strategies

David Lansing
Ph.D., Ohio State University; Rural livelihoods, political ecology, environmental governance, climate change policy

Alan Yeakley, Chair
Ph.D., University of Virginia; ecosystem ecology, watershed hydrology, with emphases on urban ecology and riparian ecosystems


Christy Ford Chapin
Ph.D., University of Virginia; political business, and economic history and capitalism studies

Amy Froide, Chair
Ph.D., Duke University; Early Modern Britain, Women’s and Economic History

Marjoleine Kars
Ph.D., Duke University; U.S. colonial, Atlantic World, American women’s history

Meredith Oyen
Ph.D., Georgetown; Sino-American relations, the role of migrants, transnational networks, and nongovernmental organizations in bilateral relations in the twentieth century

Daniel Ritschel
Ph.D., Oxford; Great Britain, economic and social policy, historiography (policy history advisor)


Carolyn Forestiere
Ph.D., Emory University; comparative politics, Western Europe, institutions, research methodology

Laura Antkowiak
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; social welfare and morality policy; public opinion on policy issues; American public policy, politics, and administration

Roy T. Meyers
Ph.D., University of Michigan; American politics, budgeting, public administration and policy

Thomas Schaller
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; American politics, campaigns, elections, parties, media politics


Kenneth I. Maton
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; how social support systems and community involvement help people (especially Baltimore youth) cope and overcome difficult life stresses


Marina A. Adler
Ph.D., University of Maryland; social stratification and inequality; cross-national gender, work and family policy; sociology of women; research methods and statistics

J. Kevin Eckert
Ph.D., Northwestern University; environmental gerontology, medical anthropology, aging services management and delivery, residential care//long-term care quality, qualitative research

Loren Henderson
Ph.D., University of Illinois; diversity issues, stratification and inequality, health disparities, and race, class, gender and sexuality

Andrea Kalfoglou
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University; bioethics, public health ethics, reproductive policy and ethics, genetics policy and ethics, research ethics, public engagement in science and policymaking

John G. Schumacher
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; medical sociology, physician-patient relationships, health care delivery in emergency departments and  assisted living facilities, social gerontology, research methods