Introducing New BSOS Faculty

A number of new faculty joined the ranks of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the fall of 2016 

“I’m delighted with the new set of faculty who have joined BSOS in recent years,” Dean Gregory Ball said. It’s a testament to the health of the college and its intellectual vibrancy that we’re able to attract these faculty. Our future of maintaining a high level of excellence requires that we do just that.”  

The college remains committed to the university’s Inclusive Hiring Initiative, which aims to attract and hire more females and members of underrepresented minority groups to faculty positions.  

“We want our faculty to look like our state,” Ball said. “We want students to come here and feel comfortable and be able to identify and relate to the faculty easily. This creates an environment where all students can pursue their dreams. 

Cecily Hardaway 
joined the Department of African American Studies as an assistant professor. Previously, Hardaway worked as a research scientist at Duke University. Her research focuses on understanding how socioeconomic status influences child development and family processes.  

Andrea Lopez joined the Department of Anthropology as an associate professor. Both as a researcher and in a direct service capacity, Lopez has more than a decade of experience working with unstably housed and homeless people who use drugs. She specializes in medical anthropology, urban anthropology, the anthropology of drug use, health inequities and welfare.  

Sarah Tahamont joined the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice as an assistant professor. Tahamont was a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Criminal Justice and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, and was an embedded scholar in the Office of Justice Research and Performance at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. She works to estimate the effects of criminal sanctions on individual outcomes, with a particular emphasis on corrections. 

Zafft joined the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice as a professional track faculty member. Previous to joining the department she was a Senior Associate for Research with The Pew Charitable Trusts' public safety performance project. Zafft’s professional interests include the intersection of criminal justice and public policy, drug policy specific to the heroin and opioid epidemic, crime and delinquency prevention, and innovations in evaluation research methodology.  

Yusufcan Masatlioglu
 joined the Department of Economics as an associate professor.  Masatlioglu has developed a research agenda in the area of bounded rationality and decision theory. He is best known for his work on the theoretical foundations of reference dependent choice, time preference, and limited attention. He recently received a National Science Foundation grant for his work on limited attention.  

Eunhee Lee
 joined the Department of Economics as an assistant professor. Lee is a trade economist who specializes in building and quantifying trade models to answer various questions on the aggregate and distributional effects of globalization. Her recent research focuses on the effect of trade liberalization on inequality in many countries around the world. 

Leila DeFloriani joined the University of Maryland as a professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Geographical Sciences and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. She has been professor of computer science at the University of Genova in Italy, where she founded the Geometry and Computer Graphics group, and where she served as Director of the Ph.D. Program in Computer Science for eight years. The main focus of her research is in geometric modeling for scientific visualization, terrain modeling and computer graphics, and in topological data analysis. 

Grant McKenzie
 joined the Department of Geographical Sciences as an assistant professor. McKenzie’s research interests lie in spatio-temporal data analysis, geovisualization, place-based analytics and the intersection of information technologies and society. 

Christina Prell joined the Department of Geographical Sciences as an assistant professor. She had previously held an assistant professor position in the Department of Sociology. Prell’s research focuses on the intersection of social networks on the environment. 

Jan Edwards joined the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as a professor. She also serves as associate director of the Maryland Language Science Center. Her research centers on how preschool-aged children learn the sounds and words of language, and how this relates to language skills, literacy and school success.  


Marios Fourakis joined the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as a research professor. The focus of his research is speech acoustics; in the context of different languauges, by observing how speech information is transmitted through cochlear implants, or examining how to describe "disordered" speech acoustically.

Nicole Nguyen joined the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as a clinical associate professor. She is the Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator for the Audiology department. Nguyen’s clinical experience includes diagnostic audiometric testing, amplification for pediatric and adult populations, cochlear implants, vestibular assessment, and tinnitus/hyperacusis evaluation and management. 

Keena Seward joined the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as a clinical assistant professor. Her professional areas of interest include aural habilitation and rehabilitation; pediatric and educational audiology; hearing aids and cochlear implants. 

José Ortiz joined the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences as a clinical assistant professor. He is the director of the Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program, a therapeutic communication preschool located within the Hearing and Speech Clinic.  

Long Doan joined the Department of Sociology as an assistant professor. Doan’s research broadly investigates how various social psychological processes motivate behavior and explain patterns of inequality. In particular, Doan is interested in the intersections of sexuality, gender and race.  


Dawn M. Dow joined the Department of Sociology as an assistant professor. Her research uses a range of qualitative methods to examine intersections of race, class and gender within the context of the family, the workplace, educational settings and the law. 



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