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2021–22 New Faculty Appointments

September 19, 2021 College of Arts and Humanities, The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, Communication, American Studies, History, Art

The college welcomes a new faculty cohort.

The Flavors of Freedom

June 16, 2021 American Studies

UMD expert explains Juneteenth’s central symbols.

NBC News

Viral Images Show People of Color as Anti-Asian Perpetrators. That Misses the Big Picture.

June 15, 2021 American Studies

A new analysis reveals misconceptions about perpetrators, victims, and the general environment around anti-Asian hate incidents. These can have "long-term consequences for racial solidarity," researcher Janelle Wong said.

In Black Radical Artists, Professor Finds Methods to the ‘Madness’

June 04, 2021 American Studies

From Nina Simone to Dave Chappelle, new book explores mad undercurrent in Black expressive culture.

2021–22 ARHU Fulbright Recipients

June 02, 2021 American Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, History, Spanish and Portuguese, French

Five ARHU students and alumni receive the prestigious grant.

Three ARHU Faculty Members Named Graduate Faculty Mentors of the Year

May 24, 2021 School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, Linguistics, American Studies

Melissa Blanco Borelli of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, Naomi Feldman of the Department of Linguistics and Nancy Raquel Mirabal of the Department of American Studies are recognized.

The Lakeland Digital Archive: Toward an Equitable Community/University Collaboration

April 26, 2021 American Studies, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Talk is part of a new series centering racism, equity and justice.

Deeply Human Podcast

The Standing Line

April 04, 2021 American Studies

Jason Farman feature in BBC's Deeply Human

Maryland Today

UMD Expert: Shootings Followed ‘Intensified Feeling of Anxiety’ in Asian American Communities

March 22, 2021 American Studies

Professor explains history of anti-Asian bias, impact of political and economic instability, and importance of reaching across racial lines.

The New York Times

Dr. Janelle Wong Mentioned In The New York Times

January 07, 2021 American Studies

"Democrats need to stop obsessing about white rural voters and white suburban moms,‚ said Janelle Wong, a professor of American studies at the University of Maryland."