Faculty & Staff

Below are points of contact for the program director, staff, and faculty. The faculty support the program from departments across the university.

Program Director & Staff

Dr. Paul T. McCartney
Associate Professor and Director of the Master's Program in Social Science

LA 3237

Paul T. McCartney (Ph.D., University of Virginia 2001) is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and Director of the Master's Program in Social Science. Before joining the faculty at Towson, he taught at Rutgers University, the University of Richmond, and Princeton University. He teaches and researches in the fields of international relations, American foreign policy, and American nationalism, and he is the Faculty Director of the Towson University Journal of International Affairs. His articles have appeared in journals such as Political Science Quarterly and The Journal of American History, and he has published a book: Power and Progress: American National Identity, the War of 1898, and the Rise of American Imperialism (Louisiana State University Press, 2006).

Administrative Assistant (Temporarily Vacant)
Please contact Dr. McCartney or his Graduate Assistant for inquiries.

Graduate Assistant
Matthew Lindauer - 


Dr. Nicole Dombrowski Risser
Associate Professor of History

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Nicole Ann Dombrowski is Associate Professor of History at Towson University. She is editor of Women and War in the Twentieth Century (Routledge: 2004) and has authored several articles and reviews about the history of France during World War II and under the Vichy Regime. Her forth-coming book is titled France under Fire: German Invasion, Civilian Flight and Family Survival during World War II (Cambridge University Press). She has held lecture posts at NYU and Princeton University. She is currently writing a history of a French family farm, which examines the survival of an olive farm over seven generations through confrontations with war, weather, political and agricultural transformations. In 2010, she was awarded the distinction of Chevalier de la Confrèrerie de la Olive Noire for her research on olive cultivation. She offers graduate courses on comparative historical research, World War II, Gender History, Comparative Fascism and is developing a course on sustainability and small-holder agriculture.

Dr. Michael J. Korzi
Professor of Political Science 

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Michael J. Korzi is Professor of Political Science. He teaches and researches Congress, the presidency, and political philosophy. His articles have appeared in publications such as Presidential Studies Quarterly and Congress and the Presidency, and he has published two books: A Seat of Popular Leadership: The Presidency, Political Parties, and Democratic Government (University of Massachusetts Press, 2004); and Presidential Term Limits: Power, Principles & Politics (Texas A&M University Press, 2011).

Dr. Bruce P. Mortenson
Associate Professor of Psychology

LA 3149

Dr. Mortenson holds the rank of Associate Professor within the Department of Psychology. He is recognized as graduate faculty by the University of Maryland system, and teaches in a number of programs on campus. Dr. Mortenson completed his graduate studies at Gallaudet University in Washington (MA in Developmental Psychology and Psy.S. in School Psychology with an emphasis on deafness). He also attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he earned a second Masters' degree in general psychology (emphasis in applied behavior analysis) and a Ph.D. in Psychology (concentration in School Psychology). Dr. Mortenson is one of the three principle faculty within the graduate-level School Psychology program at Towson University. In addition to graduate instruction, Dr. Mortenson served on the steering committee that developed the curriculum and course sequence for the graduate program in Social Sciences. To this end, Dr. Mortenson developed a survey Lifespan course as one of the core offerings within the program. Dr. Mortenson is an active researcher, presenter and mentor for graduate and undergraduate student.

Dr. Paul T. Munroe
Associate Professor

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Paul Munroe joined the department in 2001 after earning MA and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Stanford University and a BA from San Jose State University. Before joining the Towson faculty, Dr. Munroe was a lecturer at San Jose State. His teaching foci are social psychology, group processes, and research methods. Paul's research interests include group processes, social psychology, social stratification and inequality, and the study of adolescence. Recent collaborations have led to articles in Social Psychology Quarterly, Sociological Perspectives, Sociological Focus, Small Group Research, Advances in Group Processes, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, and The International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. Present projects involve the study of the legitimacy of informal and formal social structures.

Dr. Steven Phillips
Professor of History

LA 4229

Steven Phillips is Professor in the History Department at Towson University. He is also a professional lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. He earned his PhD in modern Chinese history from Georgetown University in 1998. Before coming to Towson, he was an historian with the United States Department of State, where he compiled the Foreign Relations of the United States volume on Sino-American relations during the Nixon years. In 2003, Stanford University Press published his book, Between Independence and Assimilation: The Taiwanese Elite Confront Nationalist China, 1945-1950. He has also written on the Taiwanese independence movement, intelligence reform, overseas Chinese, and Sino-Japanese conflict. He travels frequently to China and Taiwan.

Dr. Ronn Pineo
Chair of the Department of History

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Professor Ronn Pineo is Chair of the Department of History. He has worked at Towson University for the past 23 years. Dr. Pineo received his Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of California, Irvine in 1987. He is the author of three books on the history of Latin America: Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers Cities of Hope People, Protests, and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870-1930 and Social and Economic Reform in Ecuador: Life and Work in Guayaquil, 1870-1925. Dr. Pineo is a Fulbright scholar, having served in Ecuador and Mexico.

Dr. Akim D. Reinhardt
Associate Professor of History

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Akim Reinhardt is an Associate Professor in the History Department with a research specialty in Indigenous Studies. For the Masters of Arts program in Social Sciences he has taught 602(Comparative History) and 626 (Comparative Indigenous Studies).In addition to several journal articles, he has published the book Ruling Pine Ridge: Oglala Politics from the IRA to Wounded Knee (Texas Tech, 2007), which one the Book of the Year award from the Center for Great Plains Studies. He is currently at work on two books: a document collection of Lakota Sioux political history, and an examination of American social relations called Disintegration: The Decline of American communities. His essays have also appeared in popular venues, including The Huffington Post, Patch.com, and 3 Quarks Daily.  He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan (1989), an M.A. from Hunter College City University of New York (1995), and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska (2000).

James C. Roberts, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Towson University

LA 3121

James Roberts received his MA and Ph.D. from the School of International Service of American University in Washington, DC. His areas of research and teaching include international political economy, comparative politics, research methods, game theory, and mathematical modeling. Prior to his work at Towson University, Dr. Roberts worked many years for the US government and in private enterprise evaluating the effectiveness of economic development programs. Dr. Roberts has published one book, International Relations using MicroCase Explorit (Wadsworth) and has published articles and chapters on research methods and international political economy. His current research explores game theoretic models of the provision of social goods in international relations. Dr. Roberts served as the chairperson of the Department of Political Science and also served for nine years as the director of the international studies program at Towson University.

Dr. Charles Schmitz
Associate Professor of Geography

LA 2355

Dr. Schmitz joined the Geography Department at Towson University in 1999 where he teaches an introductory course on Human Geography, core courses in Quantitative Methods and in the history of the discipline of Geography. in his graduate studies at U.C. Berkeley in Geography, he specialized in history and geography of the Arab World and in the political economy of development in general. He received his doctorate in 1997 and began working at Towson in 1999. Dr. Schmitz has written about the geopolitics of globalization, national sovereignty in peripheral countries after the cold war and articles on Yemeni politics and economics.

Dr. Miriam Sealock
Associate Professor

LA 3353

Associate Professor Miriam Sealock joined the Towson University Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice in 2000. Dr. Sealock earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her teaching and research specializations include policing, delinquency prevention and treatment, and criminological theory. Her research has been published in such journals as Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Timothy Sullivan
Chairperson, Towson University Senate and Associate Professor of Economics

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Dr. Sullivan's areas of specialization are economic history, urban and regional economics, and statistical analysis. He is particularly interested in both the early stages of industrialization and the transition either to or away from an industrial society. Expertise in Economics History; Humanities; Regional Economics; Statistics.

Dr. Jeremy Tasch
Assistant Professor of Eurasian and global


Jeremy Tasch is Towson University's first interdisciplinary hire in Eurasian and global studies. He came to Towson from his previous position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he helped create the university's first geography and environmental studies department and first undergraduate degree program in international studies. Dr. Tasch is a principal investigator on a five-country, 3-year NSF-funded study of the geopolitics of climate change in the Arctic. A recipient of two Fulbright awards to the Russian Far East and the Kyrgyz Republic, he spent almost five years as chief-of-mission for an international NGO in Azerbaijan, where he helped create the first multi-institutional educational center and library funded by the U.S. Department of State. The internship program he began in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Azerbaijan has had 60 participants placed with the Ministries of Ecology, Education, Foreign Affairs, and Communication and Information Management. Jeremy's publications touch on themes of indigenous peoples, energy resources, critical geopolitics, globalization, and pedagogical innovation.