5th Anniversary Events

Spring 2024

CS3 5th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
4:00 pm
AOK Library Gallery

Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.

Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement
Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative
Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Putting the Public in Public Health

How can an academic institution play a constructive role in advancing community health? Not through research insights alone, according to Dr. Josh Sharfstein, a former Maryland health secretary and now vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this lecture, Dr. Sharfstein will talk about the practical challenges and opportunities in public and community engagement for institutions of higher learning that aspire to heal the world.

Photo provided by J. Sharfstein.

CS3 5th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
4:00 pm
AOK Library Gallery

Thomas F. Schaller, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Paul Waldman, Ph.D.

Journalist and Commentator
Washington Post

The White Rural Threat to Democracy

Rural White voters have long enjoyed outsized power and thus unofficial status as what the authors call America’s “essential minority.” Unfortunately, rural Whites’ commitments to constitutional democracy have recently begun to weaken and erode. Schaller and Waldman explain the four interconnected threats to the functioning and survival of our constitutional system that rural Whites now pose, and four compounding factors that exacerbate rural Whites’ eroding commitments.  Visit their website to learn more about their latest book, released in February 2024, White Rural Rage: The Threat to American Democracy.

Register now!

Advance registration is required. 

Charm City Books will be onsite for a book sale and signing.  Preorder your copy now using promo code WRR10 for a 10% discount.  Preorders will be available for pick up at the event.  This code will also be valid for onsite purchases. 

Organized by the Center for Social Science Scholarship. 

Photos provided by T. Schaller & P. Waldman.

Fall 2023

Thursday, October 12, 2023
4:30 pm
AOK Library Gallery

Social Science Research in Government,
Business, & Non-Profit Careers:  An Alumni Panel

Research is about solving real world problems. The skills you learn while writing a research paper or taking a research methods course are valued in careers in government, business, and the non-profit industry. Join us to learn how UMBC alumni are using social science research to support government and business clients.  The panel will be moderated by CS3’s Associate Director, Dr. Felipe Filomeno, and will be followed by networking and refreshments.



  • Delta Merner, PhD (GES ’14) Lead Scientist, Science Hub for Climate Litigation at the Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Brent Gibbons, PhD (PUBL ’13)  Health Policy Researcher in the Health Economics Program at RTI International
  • Brittany Gay, PhD (PSYC ’21) Associate Director of Implementation Science at the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC)