Faculty and Staff
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 229
BiographyShinta Hernandez received her B.A. degree from Brandeis University and M.P.P. from Georgetown University. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in the Ph.D. Sociology program at the University of Maryland. Her specialization areas are family demography and gender/work/family intersectionality. Her research interests include child and adolescent reproductive health, education, poverty, employment, and parental involvement. Prior to teaching, she worked at the Urban Institute's Labor, Human Services, and Population Center in Washington, D.C., conducting quantitative and qualitative research studies on marriage and family, teenage reproductive health, adult education, and the No Child Left Behind Act. She also worked at Westat Inc. in Rockville, MD, executing interviews with child service agencies throughout the nation to examine child abuse and neglect cases. Prior to teaching at Montgomery College, she taught at the University of Maryland, UMBC, and Towson University. She enjoys teaching undergraduate sociology courses, from the introductory level to advanced courses such as Social Problems, Race and Ethnic Relations, Sociology of Marriage and Family, and Sociology of Gender.
BA, Psychology, Brandeis University
MPP, Public Policy, Georgetown University
ABD, Sociology, University of Maryland
Office Location: Takoma Park Silver Spring Campus, North Pavilion 227
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 225
Educational BackgroundBA, History and Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada
MA, Human Rights, University College, London
PhD, Sociology, University of Sussex, UK
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 237
BiographyDr. Santore received his Doctorate in Sociology and Master's degree in Women's Studies at SUNY- Albany, in New York. Dr. Santore has spent the past six years teaching Sociology, and has been at the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College since 2009. His teaching and research interests include sociological theory, gender, and families, and he has published several articles and essays on these topics. In addition to his regular classroom duties, Dr. Santore has worked with students as a personal and group tutor for introductory Sociology courses. Having just moved to Montgomery County, Dr. Santore has felt warmly welcomed by his students and colleagues at MC and enjoys being teased by students and faculty alike for his New York sports affiliations.
BA, Sociology, University at Albany, S.U.N.Y.
MA, Women’s Studies, University at Albany, S.U.N.Y
PhD, Sociology, University at Albany, S.U.N.Y.
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 230
BiographyHaving earned her B.A. in Sociology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and her M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University, Dr. Tracie Witte completed her doctoral dissertation at Rutgers University in 2013. Her research examines the factors that impact the likelihood that states will pass medical marijuana legislation. some of Dr. Witte's previous research has looked at the ways by which individuals used the internet as a tool deliberative democracy after the September 11th tragedy and the portrayal of marijuana in news magazines. Other research and teaching interests includes drug use and abuse, policy formation, crime and deviance and media studies (particularly new communications technologies). Some of the courses Dr. Witte has taught at Rutgers University, Drew University and Raritan Valley Community College included: Introduction to Sociology, Contemporary Social Issues, Sociology of Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse, Sociology of Deviant Behavior and Sociology of the Family. In 2003-2004, Dr. Witte earned a Harold Martin Eagleton Fellowship that provides a select group of scholars the opportunity to further their interdisciplinary understanding of the practice of politics and public affairs and connect that knowledge to a chosen field. Dr. Witte is passionate about teaching and the field of Sociology, and strives to create a sense of community in the classroom where students are able to become critically engaged not only with the course material, but also the world around them.
BA, Sociology, Skidmore College.
MA, Sociology, Rutgers University
PhD, Sociology, Rutgers University
Office Location: Rockville Campus, HU 227
BiographyProfessor Ginger Robinson received her Associate of Arts from Harford Community College, her Bachelors of Arts in Government and Public Policy from the University of Baltimore, and her Juris Doctor of Jurisprudence (cum laude) from the University of Baltimore, School of Law. After serving as an Assistant Public Defender in Baltimore City, Professor Robinson started her own legal practice focusing on criminal defense and family law. She also spent eight years as an adjunct professor teaching Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure and Evidence at Harford Community College. Professor Robinson has received numerous accolades for her trial practice, including being selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in criminal defense each year since 2013. She is a board member and former president of The Women’s Law Center of Maryland as well as a member of the Maryland Bar Foundation, which is composed of lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Her pro bono work includes criminal record expungement and assistance to survivors of human trafficking. She will teach criminal justice courses at the Takoma Park / Silver Spring and Rockville campuses.
Rockville Campus Office: Humanities Building, Suite 224 Room 227
Takoma Park / Silver Spring Campus Office: North Pavilion, Room 225
Juris Doctor of Jurisprudence (cum laude), University of Baltimore, School of Law.
Bachelors of Arts in Government and Public Policy, University of Baltimore
Associate of Arts, Harford Community College
BiographyDr. Evva Assing-Murray is part-time faculty at the Rockville campus since 2008. She currently teaches Introduction to Sociology, and has taught at Towson and American University at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from American University, and specializes in health, economic development, program monitoring and evaluation, and gender. She holds a federal position at Health and Human Services in the health care field. In her spare time, she is learning how to play the violin.
BA, Sociology and Psychology, Long Island University
MA, Sociology, American University
PhD, Sociology, American University
Office Location: Takoma Park Silver Spring Campus, NP-223
Office Hours: 11:00 - 1:00 or by appointment
B.A.- Sociology - University of California San Diego
M.A - Multicultural Education - United States International University
Ph.D. -Sociology: Social Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender and Urban - Howard University
PhD, Sociology, Concentration: Medical Sociology and Criminology Howard University,
Washington, DC - Present
Master of Public Health, Concentration: Health Education & Health Promotion Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA - 2010
Bachelor of Science, Health Science Columbus State University, Columbus, GA - 2007
BiographyI have over 20 years of experience supporting a wide variety of social change issues with communities, the private sector and government institutions in Indonesia and other developing countries in Asia. I developed a comprehensive blend of teaching, negotiating, interpersonal and management skills in the areas of gender equality, human rights, environmental sustainability, community participation and other social development issues.
I love teaching. I teach philosophy, sociology and social justice issues at universities and colleges in Indonesia and the US. Aside from teaching I enjoy working with communities. In 1996, I established and managed a non-profit organization, Yayasan Journal Perempuan, a foundation for community education and advocacy aimed at gender equality and human rights in Indonesia. I value both experiences and consider my self fortunate to be able to put theory into practice.
I’m fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, English, and French and have lived in many parts of the world including New Delhi, Ethiopia, Budapest, Paris and Jakarta. I reside now in Bethesda, MD, with my family, and we enjoy hiking, bird watching, yoga, and everything life has to offer.
Phd in Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia.
MA in Social Psychology, The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France.
BiographyMr. Fink has taught Introduction to Sociology at Montgomery College for more than 20 years. He engages students in class discussions and challenges students to think out of the box through readings, group exercises, and videos/films.
When he is not teaching, Mr. Fink is a senior analyst/survey methodologist at a consulting firm, managing small and large scale research projects for federal, state, and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private corporations. His expertise includes all stages of survey research, including designing samples, creating questionnaires, developing data collection instruments, collecting data, analyzing data using statistical software programs, and writing reports.
Mr. Fink received his M.A. in Sociology from University of Connecticut, with a concentration in Survey Research.
BS, Psychology, George Washington University
MA, Sociology, University of Connecticut
Educational BackgroundBA, Sociology, Hamilton College
MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina
PhD, George Mason University
Professor Thomas is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and
Criminology at Howard University. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Curriculum
& Instruction from the University of South Florida, as well as an M.A. in Humanities
and Social Thought from New York University. Her research interests include Black
social movements, the politics of criminal justice, and gender and sexuality (relative
to religion, spirituality, ethics and morality).
Doctorate of Philosophy (In Process), Sociology (Howard University)
Master of Arts, Humanities and Social Thought (New York University)
Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction: College Student Affairs (University of South Florida)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (University of South Florida)
BiographyDr. Walsh is a sociologist with specializations in Social Theory and the Sociology of Religion. She began her teaching in the late 1960s in the areas of Biblical and Religious Studies, but switched to Sociology in the mid-1970s. She holds MA degrees in both Religious Studies and Sociology, and she completed her Ph.D. in Sociology in 1984. Dr. Walsh’s research interests include the study of gender and clergy role-conflicts (the subject of her doctoral dissertation), and her key publications in the area of sociology and religious studies include her book, Feminism and Christian Tradition: An Annotated Bibliography and Critical Introduction to the Literature, for which she was received the 1999 CHOICE “Outstanding Academic Title” award in the category of Humanities. Dr. Walsh’s has also done extensive work in the area of applied research in her role as a federal contractor at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, where from 1992-2010 she both developed and directed the Academy’s “Training Evaluation Center.” She has taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at MC for more than 20 years, and her courses have included the “Introduction to Sociology,” the “Introduction to Social Problems,” “Racial and Ethnic Relations,” and of course, the “Sociology of Religion.” She has also taught in the Renaissance Scholars program at the Germantown campus—although her primary course load is and has been at the Rockville campus. She loves teaching at MC, has received various teaching and service awards from the college, and looks forward to teaching for many more years—although probably not 20 more.
BA, Philosophy, Boston University
MA, Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America
MA, Sociology, The Catholic University of America
PhD, Sociology, The Catholic University of America
Professor Edwards-Hewitt received her MA in anthropology from George Washington University, her MA in psychology from American University, and her BA in psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She currently teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and World Ethnography: Native North American Cultures at the Rockville campus. Her academic areas of interests include American Indian cultures, historic archaeology, gender/LGBTQ issues, medical anthropology, U.S. culture, Nordic cultures, museum studies, and oral history. Her current and previous employment include
Alexandria Archaeology (Alexandria, Virginia), UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove, Smithsonian Institution, and Howard University. Her interests and hobbies are science fiction & fantasy, LARP (live action role playing), Children of Chernobyl program host family, Rabbit rescue (Baltimore/DC House Rabbit Society), Historic and Modern Space Program, Roman Britain, and traveling.
BA, Psychology, State University of New York
MA, Psychology, American University
MA, Anthropology, George Washington University
Ronald W. Nunn is an Anthropology adjunct professor at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring
campus. His first exposure to anthropology was as at a high school student attending
a boarding school located in the hills of South India. He did his undergrad in anthropology
at Auburn University in Alabama with a minor in agriculture. In 1981, he started his
graduate school at American University, where he received a Masters of Arts. He worked
with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and then was hired to work in Kenya under
a USAID project to help computerize the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Health.
After the USAID contract ended he became a consultant and then an entrepreneur starting
a private computer business in Nairobi, Kenya.
In 1994 he started the first "commercial" e-mail service in Kenya known as ThornTree Communications. In 1998,he began a business Known as "AnthroTours" in which he re-discovered his interest in Archaeology taking tour groups to Koobie Fora on Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya and to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. In 2000, he returned to the United States and began doing contract archaeology in the Washington D.C. Area. In 2003, he joined the Montgomery College and continue teaching anthropology and archaeology in Montgomery College students.
BA, Anthropology, Auburn University
MA, Anthropology, American University
Educational BackgroundBA, Anthropology, University of Maryland
M.A.A. Anthropology, University of Maryland
PhD, Anthropology, American University
Professor Tara Lilian Tetrault has a Masters in Applied Anthropology and a Masters in American Studies (African American History & Culture). Tara completed her archaeology and ethnography fieldwork in Ghana, West Africa and working on the African Diaspora & early American culture. She has also written about women’s political history & women in the workplace. Tara came to Montgomery College having worked in archaeology, public archaeology and museum collections management for more than twenty years and she serves on the Council for Maryland Archaeology.
Professor Tetrault teaches Anthropology, Archaeology and Women’s Studies at Montgomery College, in Takoma Park since 2000. She also does consulting for archaeological firms, museums, and foundations on curation, public programming and collections management issues. Her Research topics range from women’s issues and the history of women in politics to topics in prehistory through early African and African American pottery. She has also worked on preservation issues and the public laws that guide both women’s rights and historic preservation (ARPA, NAGPRA, etc.).
Professor Tetrault is presenting papers this year at the CCHA and the Association
for Independent Maryland & D.C. Schools (AIMS) conferences. She currently volunteers
on the Council for Maryland Archaeology, Education Committee which awards stipends
to students who plan on giving papers at the Mid-Atlantic Archaeology Conference (MAAC)
each year. Tara enjoys music, kayaking & traveling. She has taught college courses
in: anthropology, archaeology, curation and museum studies; as well as women’s studies.
Tara also designed an archaeology/ historic preservation K-12 curriculum module and
trains K-12 teachers on how to use the module to teach archaeology in the school system.
She spoke on this at the American Anthropology Association Conference in November
2017. In 2017, Tara organized an event for equality with local musicians from www.songwritersagainstsexualassault.org to
speak out against Domestic Violence.
PhD Cultural Anthropology, American University
MA Applied Anthropology, University of Maryland
MA American Studies (African American History & Culture).
BiographyDr. Barbara Wolff is a native Washingtonian, and now lives in Northern Virginia. Dr. Wolff teaches Sociocultural Anthropology at MC. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Catholic University of America, specializing in the archaeology of Peru's Huari, the earliest empire in the Andes. Dr. Wolff continues to investigate the development of Huari craft production. She also works with fiber artisans in Ayacucho, Peru, to document fiber production and increase awareness of Andean fiber arts. Dr. Wolff has worked in applied anthropology at USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, and in museum collections management at the Smithsonian Institution. She is married and has a daughter. She's a roots music aficionado.
BA, Anthropology, George Washington University
MA, Anthropology, Catholic University of America
PhD, Anthropology, Catholic University of America
Educational BackgroundBA, Urban Studies, University of Maryland
Juris Doctor, American University
BiographyDave Celeste has served Montgomery College as an Adjunct Professor for the past 11 years teaching a variety of criminal justice courses. Holding a Master of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland, his professional career has included a number of research and operational positions in the criminal justice system. He assisted the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections in development of the original nationwide standards for corrections and served the Westinghouse National Issues Center in researching and developing a manual on crime prevention through environmental design for use by city administrators. For the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation he conducted research funded by the National Institute of Corrections to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Pre-Release Center's operations and served as part of a team formed to design, build, and program the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. He also worked in the Montgomery County Police Department providing administrative support such as research and development, budget preparation and monitoring, policy development, and police fleet management.
BA, Criminology, University of Maryland
MA, Criminal Justice, University of Maryland
Office Hours: By appointment
B.S. Criminology/Criminal Justice, University of Maryland University College
M.S. Management in Criminal Justice, University of Maryland University College
BiographyArthur M. Wallenstein, Director of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, has served as Director from 1999 to the present. He previously served as Director - King County Department of Adult Detention (1990-1999) and Director, Bucks County Department of Corrections, (1977 - 1990) He began his full time career at the Philadelphia Prisons and Illinois Department of Corrections at Stateville Penitentiary in Joliet, Illinois.
He also served on the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board
1994-2004 Appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno.
2010-2013 Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder.
As a member of the Adjunct Faculty, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Corrections, Administration of Justice and related topics.at :
University of Maryland University College
Montgomery College, Maryland
and was also an Adjunct Faculty member at:
Temple University, University of Washington, and St. Joseph's University (graduate),
Other professional and academic work include:
Attended Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service (BS), and University of Pennsylvania (MA) with major fields - International Relations and Foreign Policy.
Co-authored a university text in International Organizations and the United Nations - serving as an intern with the Department of State - Bureau of Southern African Affairs and performing field work in Southern Africa.
Did further field work on the Thai - Cambodian Border - refugee reunification after the Khmer Rouge Genocide and wrote on Humanitarian Parole for the US Committee on Refugees.
Wrote refugee reunification casework for Wrightstown Friends Meeting Asian Refugee Committee - Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Served as Captain, US Army Reserve, Military Intelligence and Infantry - Leadership Montgomery Graduate, Class of 2001.
BS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Services
MA, International Relations and Foreign Policy, University of Pennsylvania
ABD, International Relations, University of Pennsylvania
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