Dr. Rwany Sibaja
Now Assistant Professor of History and Director of History and Secondary Education at Appalachian State University
Dr. Rwany Sibaja received his Ph.D. in History at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). His research interests focus on the cultural history of 20th-century Argentina, particularly with the role of sports in shaping notions of collective identity. Dr. Sibaja’s secondary interests reside with the role of digital tools in the teaching, learning, and writing of history. As a postdoctoral fellow at UMBC, he continues to investigate how soccer, or fútbol, allows us to understand the larger social issues and debates of the 1950s and 1960s — a period of rapid transformation and political divisiveness. Currently, Dr. Sibaja is developing various writing projects that stem from his dissertation. He will be presenting papers at Latin American and sports conferences this academic year, and he will also conduct a research trip to Buenos Aires that will shed light on the state’s influence over professional fútbol in Argentina between 1946 and 1978.
Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Evelyn Kamaria Thomas, an alumna of Spelman College, received her Ph.D. from Howard University in the Department of Mathematics. Her research interests lie in mathematical biology; specifically, the modeling of sexually transmitted diseases and social/sexual behavior. Her work is a mixture of analytical techniques from classical epidemiological modeling involving dynamical systems, new modeling techniques, and numerical simulations. As a postdoctoral fellow at UMBC, Dr. Thomas has continued her research in these areas and has submitted an article for publication entitled, “Analysis of SI Models With Multiple Interacting Populations Using Subpopulations with Forcing Terms”. Currently, she is working on the publication of additional articles and seeking out new problems that address the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in homosexually mixing populations.
Media and Communication Studies
Dr. Kara N. Hunt received her Ph.D. in Culture and Theory from the University of California, Irvine. She situates her work at the intersection of humor studies, Black studies, and visual studies. Her dissertation investigates the relationship between humor and modern conceptions of humanity in order to intervene on the criteria driving evaluations of race and gender. As a postdoctoral fellow at UMBC, Dr. Hunt will finalize her book manuscript, and also pose critical inquiries to the book project visually by means of a documentary film.