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Faculty and Staff

Randy Ontiveros Dr. Randy Ontiveros
Director
rjo@umd.edu

Randy Ontiveros is the Director of Honors Humanities. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department and an affiliate in U.S. Latina/o Studies, Women’s Studies, and Latin American Studies at the University of Maryland. He is also a board member of the Maryland Humanities Council. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Since then, he has researched and taught at UMD in the field of Latinx Studies. His book In the Spirit of a New People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement was published by New York University Press in 2013. He has published essays on topics ranging from Latinx environmentalism to television coverage of the Mexican-American civil rights movement. Currently, he is writing a book about Latinx and the American suburbs. In 2015 Professor Ontiveros won the USM Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Teaching. In 2016 he was awarded the Donna B. Hamilton Award for Teaching Excellence in General Education. He lives in Greenbelt with his human family and his rescue dog, Ginger. Dr. Ontiveros teaches Honors Humanities 105, “Fearless Ideas in the Humanities.” He co-teaches Honors Humanities 206: "The Honors Humanities Keystone" with Dr. Humud.


Sarah Humud Dr. Sarah Bonnie Humud
Associate Director
sbhumud@umd.edu

Sarah Bonnie Humud is the Associate Director of Honors Humanities. Her research and teaching specializations include early through contemporary multiethnic American literature, Native American literature, global women's literatures, global postcolonial literatures, critical race studies, postcolonial critique, and feminist theory. She has earned several teaching awards, including the All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship and the Triota Women's Studies Celebration of Feminism Award. Her research and scholarship apply postcolonial, feminist, and critical race studies to examine multiethnic American literature for the ways racialized colonial ideologies propagate as neutral, and even invisible, in nineteenth- and twentieth-century prose, poetry, government accounts, and legal discourse. She received her B.A. in English with honors from Tufts University, her M.A. in English from New York University, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, where she received the generous support of the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, the Kwiatek Fellowship, and the James F. Harris Arts and Humanities Visionary Scholarship. Dr. Humud teaches Honors Humanities 106: “Arts & Humanities in Practice.” She co-teaches Honors Humanities 206: "The Honors Humanities Keystone" with Dr. Ontiveros.


S. Nisa S. Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman
Graduate Assistant
sasgara1@umd.edu

S. Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman is a Ph.D. student at the iSchool at the University of Maryland. For her research, she utilizes a postcolonial theoretical lens to investigate the intersection of art, biotechnology, and identity. She also does research on informal learning spaces. Nisa is a former Baltimore County Public Schools art educator and has worked in higher education administration at Howard Community College. She holds an M.S. in Human-Centered Computing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a B.A. in Art Education (K-12) and a graduate certification in Interactive Media Design from Towson University, a B.A. in International Area Studies from Drexel University, and an A.A. in Studio Art from Howard Community College. Nisa supports students in Honors Humanities 105, 106, & 206 as a Graduate Assistant.



Shari Feldman Shari Eve Feldman
Graduate Assistant
sharieve@umd.edu

Shari Eve Feldman is a DMA candidate in the School of Music, where she also teaches voice lessons. She is passionate about all things musical, including chamber music collaboration, avant garde performance practice, and the intersection of ‘sister arts,’ poetry and music, within contemporary classical song literature. Shari has sung in projects ranging from large choral, orchestral, and operatic works to solo recital engagements with such organizations as Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Delaware, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Washington Piano Society, New Music Delaware Festival, The Arts Club of Washington, TEMPO New Music Ensemble, StageFree, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She maintains an independent voice studio and teaches music courses at Prince George’s Community College. After a decade's experience working in college admissions and undergraduate academic advising, Shari is thrilled to support students in Honors Humanities 105, 106, and 206 as a Graduate Assistant.


Saron Tadesse Saron Tadesse
Graduate Assistant
stadess2@umd.edu

Saron Tadesse holds a BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Media and Communication with an Honors certificate and is pursuing an MS in Marketing Analytics at the University of Maryland. She has worked as a Marketing intern for various consulting firms. She has also worked as a Career Peer at UMBC where she counseled students on their resumes and cover letters. Saron supports students in Honors Humanities 105, 106, & 206 as a Graduate Assistant.






Aneta Georgievska-Shine Dr. Aneta Georgievska-Shine
Honors Humanities Faculty Fellow
agshine@umd.edu

Aneta Georgievska-Shine, PhD, Art History, teaches a variety of courses in early modern art, as well as in theories and methods of research, museum studies, and other special topics of interdisciplinary nature. Her books have focused on artistic dialogues and cultural exchanges in the early modern period. They include Rubens and the Archaeology of Myth: Visual and Poetic Memory, 2009, and Rubens, Velázquez and the King of Spain, 2014, co-authored with Larry Silver (University of Pennsylvania). In addition, she is the author of numerous journal articles on Northern European, Italian, and Spanish art, which have appeared in the Art Bulletin, Word and Image, Artibus et Historiae, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft, Intersections, and the Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art. She has also contributed essays to peer-reviewed collections of essays such as: The Subject as Aporia in Early Modern Art (2010), Parody and Festivity in Early Modern Art (2012), The Enduring Legacy of Venetian Art (2016), Velázquez Re-Examined: Theory, History, Poetry, and Theater (2017), and Velázquez: El Arte Nuevo (2021). Her latest book, Vermeer and the Art of Love (2022), explores this theme both as it informs the artist’s work on a personal level and as an expression of his ways of seeing and painting in general. Beyond her areas of scholarly focus, she has curated a number of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. She has taught two Honors Humanities courses: Cultural Exchanges in the Age of Exploration, and Early Modern Art and Medicine.


Dorith Grant-Wisdom Dr. Dorith Grant-Wisdom
Honors Humanities Faculty Fellow
dgrantwi@umd.edu

Dorith Grant-Wisdom holds a PhD in Political Science from Howard University, and has taught in the University Honors program for a number of years. She is a former Faculty Director of the College Park Scholars International Studies Program and has received many teaching and mentoring awards. She has authored various publications on globalization, the political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Her teaching interests include interrogating issues of Piracy/Pirates amidst War and Peace, and exploring issues of Globalization and Resistance. She is also an affiliate faculty with the Latin American Studies Center (LASC) and a member of the editorial and advisory boards of McGraw-Hill’s Annual Editions, “Global Issues”.



Marilyn Matar Dr. Marilyn Matar
Honors Humanities Faculty Fellow
mmatar@umd.edu

Marilyn Matar is currently the Director of the Language House Living-Learning Program. She is also an affiliate faculty of the French department at the University of Maryland. She obtained her Ph.D. in Modern French Studies in 2014 from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a dissertation on the literary representations of the Lebanese civil war. Before coming to the United States, she completed her master's degree in French literature at Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut. Prior to joining UMD in Fall 2020, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the Catholic University of America, where she taught a wide variety of courses of French language, literature and culture at all levels for the program in French and Francophone Studies and the certificate program in European Studies. Her course on the Francophone literature of the Middle East was also offered through the Islamic World Studies program. Her research focuses on the representations of war and identities in conflict in the Francophone literature of the Middle East, with a special emphasis on Lebanon and on the themes of memory and identity. She has published articles in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, and a module in a course anthology, Entre-Textes: Dialogues littéraires et culturels, on the works of Wajdi Mouawad and on the representations of war and identity in the Francophone literature of the Mashrek.


Ingrid I. Satelmajer Dr. Ingrid I. Satelmajer
Honors Humanities Faculty Fellow
iis@umd.edu

Kate Spanos, Ph.D., is a dancer, educator, scholar, and arts administrator. Her scholarship focuses on “dances of resistance” and social change through dance, especially in Brazil, Ireland, and the Eastern Caribbean. She is a faculty fellow in the Honors Humanities program, where she teaches a seminar in dance ethnography, highlighting the power of dance and the arts to build and enact change for communities around the world. Kate is also the assistant director of communications for the University of Maryland’s Honors College, where she amplifies the work of students, faculty, and staff.





Kate Spanos Dr. Kate Spanos
Honors Humanities Faculty Fellow
kspanos@umd.edu

Kate Spanos, Ph.D., is a dancer, educator, scholar, and arts administrator. Her scholarship focuses on “dances of resistance” and social change through dance, especially in Brazil, Ireland, and the Eastern Caribbean. She is a faculty fellow in the Honors Humanities program, where she teaches a seminar in dance ethnography, highlighting the power of dance and the arts to build and enact change for communities around the world. Kate is also the assistant director of communications for the University of Maryland’s Honors College, where she amplifies the work of students, faculty, and staff.






Jordan Sly Jordan Sly
Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian  
jsly@umd.edu

As the library’s Outreach Librarian, it is Jordan's goal to develop and foster meaningful and beneficial relationships between the library and the diverse and varied University of Maryland communities including academic departments, Living/Learning communities, multicultural student associations, and many more. Additionally, as the liaison librarian for the department of Psychology, he strives to support student, faculty, and administrative learning through library instruction, research help, collection management, and online learning materials support.






Image Placeholder Kayon Thompson and Maria Reyes
Honors Humanities Building Service Team

Maria joined our Honors Humanities staff in 2016. She services floors one and three, as well as half of the ground floor. Kayon joined HH in 2021. She services floors two and four, as well as half of the ground floor. Maria and Kayon work year-round to maintain our community spaces. Please join them in keeping our HoHum home clean!




Our Students

Student Profile: Humans of Honors Humanities


#humansofhohum “I’ve always loved art and drawing, but more recently I have been drawn to a more impressionist and less realistic method of painting. I have synesthesia, which is a condition where I perceive and associate colors where they do not actually exist. Synesthesia manifests itself in different people in a huge spectrum, but for me it is mostly associated with people and specifically the emotions they evoke in me. Recently, I have been translating the colors I “feel” into my artwork. In my portraits specifically, I’ve been using a lot more color and coordinating them with my feelings when I paint, rather than trying to perfectly capture a specific image or likeness.” -Nina Roche, Marketing major

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Admission Profile: Incoming Class, Fall 2019

Alumni Profile: Graduate & Professional School Placements

Student Council

Sophia Winner Sophia Winner
President

Sophia Winner is a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland who is pursuing a dual degree in Government and Politics and Economics. She hopes to become a lawyer or politician in the future and holds officer positions for Maryland’s Parliamentary Debate Society and Maryland’s Economics Association. Outside of school she enjoys art, activism, and field hockey. She is very excited to foster an inclusive community and fulfilling experience within the Honors Humanities program, and cannot wait to work with everyone – students, faculty, and council alike.


Jahnavi Kirkire Jahnavi Kirkire
Vice President

Jahnavi hails from Brookeville, and is pursuing a dual degree in Government & Politics - IR and Public Policy, with a double minor in History and Law & Society. She is a Public Policy Ambassador, member of the HC Programming Council, the incoming SGA rep for the North Hill Community, and SUPER excited to work with you guys!




Comfort Oshagbemi Comfort Oshagbemi
DEI/Liaison

Comfort Oshagbemi is a sophomore from Montgomery County, Maryland. She is majoring in Government and Politics with a concentration in International relations and a minor in History. She is interested in the intersectionalities of different cultures and pre and post-colonial history. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching shows. She can't wait to work with all the new freshmen this fall!



Ella Gammel Ella Gammel
Secretary-Historian

Ella Gammel is a sophomore English major from Salisbury, Maryland. She hopes to help create a supportive environment for all HoHum students and build community between freshmen and sophomores. Ella is involved with the Maryland Shakespeare Players and the Trash Club, and when she is not busy being a cool and epic Secretary-Historian, she can be found reading, baking, playing video games, and hanging out with her friends! She’s super excited to meet all of the freshmen in the fall!


Hazel Montgomery-Walsh Hazel Montgomery-Walsh
Social Chair

Hazel Montgomery-Walsh is a Government and Politics Major concentrating in International Relations from Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to being on the council, she is a volunteer for Peer to Peer UMD, member of Terps Against Hunger, is a writer for the history section of the Observer publication on campus, and loves to participate in intramural sports—especially soccer—here on campus. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her cats, cooking, creating art, trying new foods, hanging out with friends, and being in the outdoors. She hopes to help create connections and allow the HoHum community a place to have fun and grow together, and she looks forward to making new friends throughout the process!

Beverly Bolster Beverly Bolster
Treasurer

Beverly Bolster is a sophomore from Baltimore County, Maryland who is pursuing a double degree in sociology and geographical sciences: geospatial data science. In addition to being on HoHum council, she edits for The Observer and is involved in Terps Against Hunger. In her free time, Beverly loves to run, hike, bake, and spend time outside with friends. She is excited to work with the HoHum council this year to support incoming freshmen and to create a positive environment for everyone.