Dear friends and colleagues,

I am delighted to introduce you to five outstanding scholar-teachers who recently joined University Honors as Assistant Clinical Professors. Each of them brings not only a wealth of experience and expertise in their respective disciplines, but also a passion for undergraduate teaching. I encourage you to read about these dynamic individuals below.

I also invite you to join us for a virtual Faculty Coffee Hour on Thursday, October 22 (9:00-10:30am). This informal event is an initial opportunity for all University Honors Faculty Fellows and Assistant Clinical Professors to get acquainted with one another and to begin to build community. Calendar invitations to follow.

We look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Lauren, Zachary, Dorith, Fatemeh, and Vineeta to the University Honors community!

Stephan Blatti
Director, University Honors
Lauren Cannady
PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Before joining UH, Lauren was a postdoctoral fellow at the Huntington Library and Assistant Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute. Her research explores artistic production as the material evidence of intellectual trends in early modern Europe and colonial America, and she is currently completing a manuscript on northern European patterned gardens as sites of knowledge production and transmission. 

Zachary Dorner
PhD, Brown University

Zachary has lectured in the History Department at Stanford University and was Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Merchants of Medicines: The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2020), which roots the emergence of a bulk, modern healthcare system and its attendant ideas of racial difference in early modern state policy, bound labor, credit instruments, and warfare.

Dorith Grant-Wisdom
PhD, Howard University

Dorith has taught at the University of Maryland for more than two decades and in University Honors for the past ten years. She is a former faculty Director of the International Studies Program in College Park Scholars and has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards. Her research and publications focus on globalization, the political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean, and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Effective January 2021

Fatemeh Hosseini
PhD, University of Maryland

Fatemeh returns to Maryland after holding appointments and fellowships at Georgetown University (in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and in the Center for New Design in Learning and Scholarship), Harvard's Du Bois Research Institute, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, and, most recently, in the Fellowships and Public Programs division of the ACLS. Her research focuses on prostitution, red-light districts, and body politics in the Modern Middle East and archival and oral history research as methodology.

Vineeta Singh
PhD, University of California, San Diego

A proud University Honors alumna, Vineeta returns to Maryland from the College of William & Mary, where she was Lemon Project Postdoctoral Fellow in the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Vineeta's research concerns U.S. higher education as a site of contest in the Black freedom struggle, and she has taught courses on social movement organizing, black feminist thought, and higher education history.