Advisory Board

The Advisory Board guides the Center on programming, course development, and fundraising. The Board members, who serve two-year terms, are drawn from across the University’s colleges and departments.

Sharon Harley

Sharon Harley (, Associate Professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches and teaches black women's labor history and racial and gender politics. She is the editor and a contributor to the noted anthologies Sister Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers, 2002) and Women's Labor in the Global Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices (Rutgers, 2008). She has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and, in the spring of 2008, at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, where she worked on her historical monograph about gender, labor, and citizenship in the lives of African Americans in the United States from the 1860s to 1920s.

Nancy Mirabal

Nancy Mirabal joined the faculty in the Department of American Studies in Fall 2014. Professor Mirabal’s work focuses on the migration of Caribbean people to the United States. Her book, Hemispheric Notions: Diaspora, Masculinity, and the Racial Politics of Cubanidad in New York, 1823-1945, draws on hundreds of interviews, and she has a strong interest in oral history. She will add to the growing strengths of the Center’s Archive of Immigrant Voices, a digital humanities and oral history project. She comes to UMD from the Department of Latino/a Studies at San Francisco State University.

Kim J. Nickerson

Kim J. Nickerson was Director of the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program before joining the University of Maryland in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences as Assistant Dean for Diversity in 2006. He has more than 17 years of experience in creating and administering training programs to guide underrepresented minority students into science careers across the spectrum of behavioral and social science disciplines. Dr. Nickerson has also consulted with federal agencies and universities regarding diversity and increasing the presence of underrepresented ethnic minorities in the sciences, including serving on grant review panels at the NIH, NSF and SAMHSA.

Dr. Nickerson’s research interests have focused on race, ethnic and cultural factors related to health and mental health statuses, and in the use and effectiveness health and mental health services for ethnic minorities. He is also interested in the general field of health disparities as well as the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics, especially the ELSI issues related to ethnic minority communities. He has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and also as a member of the NHGRI ELSI Research Advisors Group.

Michael Rendall

Michael Rendall ( joined the University of Maryland in the fall of 2011, moving from the non-profit RAND Corporation where he was Senior Social Scientist, Director of the Population Research Center and Postdoctoral Program in Population Studies, and Associate Director of the Labor and Population Division. His methodological work has included evaluation of data quality in fertility, family structure, and international migration; elderly poverty measurement; new statistical methods for combining survey and population data; and new methods for the simulation of cohort lifetimes and population dynamics. His theoretical work has included exploration of relationships of socio-economic inequality and social policy to fertility, household structure, and migration. His current research topics include migration between Mexico and the United States over the 1990s and 2000s, migration and social-demographic outcomes of New Orleanians following Hurricane Katrina, and modeling the development of obesity across U.S. childhoods.

Ana Patricia Rodriguez

Ana Patricia Rodríguez ( is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches courses in Latin American, Central American, and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures. She received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Central American and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures; Central American cultural production in the U.S.; transnational migration and cultural production; diaspora studies; violence and postwar/trauma studies; and community-based research. Professor Rodríguez has published articles on the cultural production of Latinas/os in the United States and Central Americans in the isthmus and the wider Central American diaspora. Her book, Dividing the Isthmus: Central American Transnational Histories, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Texas Press, 2009), examines narratives of economic, symbolic, and human excess in Central American isthmian and diasporic texts. She is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled "Same Story, Different Endings": Trauma and Cultural Memory in the Salvadoran Diaspora, which explores the construction of post-traumatic memory of Salvadorans in the United States through representations in film, music, performance art, and testimonial texts.

Paul Shackel

Paul Shackel ( is a Professor of Anthropology and the Founding Director of the Center for Heritage Resource Studies at the University of Maryland. Prior to establishing the Center for Heritage Resource Studies, he joined the Department of Anthropology in 1996 after working for the National Park Service for 7 1/2 years. Shackel is interested in the ways material items are used by individuals and groups in order to create social relations and group identity. Material culture and landscapes are powerful tools that can express gender, ethnicity, class, and power relations. Taking an anthropological and historical perspective of material culture allows him to pursue questions on how the value and meaning of goods may change over time in order to define and redefine individual and group relations.

Daryle Williams

Daryle Williams ( is an Associate Professor of History and the author of the Culture Wars in Brazil: The First Vargas Regime, 1930-1945 (Duke University Press, 2001), 2001 winner of the American Historical Association's John Edwin Fagg prize. He has also authored several articles and book chapters on twentieth-century Brazilian cultural history. Recent research has examined the cultural politics of World Heritage in the Southern Cone and humanities computing. His current research examines blackness, the fine arts, and Brazilian slave society.

Janelle Wong

Janelle Wong ( is a Professor of American Studies and the Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the faculty at the University Maryland in 2012, she was at the University of Southern California in the Departments of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity. She also served as Executive Director of the Institute of Public Service at Seattle University (2011-12). Wong is author of Democracy's Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. The most recent is Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage Foundation), based on the first nationally representative survey of Asian American' political attitudes and behavior. This groundbreaking study of Asian Americans was conducted in eight different languages with six different Asian national origin groups. Wong has received research funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, Irvine Foundation, and Carnegie Foundation. She was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, in 2006-2007.

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