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Scholars host annual visits to high schools and community centers in Maryland and Washington, DC, to promote St. Mary's to talented high school students.




Prof. Sybol Anderson (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University), Associate Professor of Philosophy, specializes in social and political philosophy, Hegel, ethics, and the philosophy of race. She also teaches courses in the philosophy of love, early modern philosophy, Africana philosophy, and Continental philosophy. Her current research focuses upon recognition theory, oppression theory, and the philosophy of race. 

Professor Anderson is a former Ford Foundation Fellow and a recipient of the Maryland Higher Education Commission's Henry C. Welcome Fellowship. She is author of Hegel’s Theory of Recognition: From Oppression to Ethical Liberal Modernity (Continuum International Publishers, 2009), co-editor with Robert Bernasconi of Race and Racism in Continental Philosophy, and co-editor, with Ellen K. Feder and Karmen MacKendrick, of A Passion for Wisdom: Readings in Western Philosophy on Love and Desire.



Prof. José R. Ballesteros (Ph.D., University of Kansas), Associate Professor of Spanish, was born in Quito, Ecuador. He emigrated to the United States in 1986. As an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, José studied Political Science. Almost by accident José began a Masters degree in Spanish Literature. While working on this degree, he fell in love with the profession. His dissertation El imperio desde el centro: representaciones indianas sexualizadas en la literatura del Siglo de Oro español studies the portrayal of American themes in XVII century Spanish literature.

Professor Ballesteros was also a visiting instructor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Currently he is working on a Spanish literary anthology. He is also active in the field of contemporary Latin American Poetry as both writer and scholar.



Prof. Iris Carter Ford (Ph.D., American University), Professor of Anthropology, teaches a variety of anthropology courses, including Kinship, African American Culture, Food and Culture, and the Anthropology of Media. She is an active member of the community serving as a trustee at Historic St. Mary’s City, a board member of the Maryland Humanities Council, and commissioner on Maryland’s groundbreaking Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of Slavery’s History and Legacy in Maryland.

Professor Ford has conducted fieldwork in East and West Africa on the nutritional status of rural communities and the worldview of women rearing children in poverty. She is the recipient of a number of grant awards including the Maryland Higher Education Committee’ s Henry C. Welcome Fellowship, The University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Fellowship, and a Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. She has written on the anthropology of food, African American travel practices, tourism in Africa, and laborsaving food technologies for developing countries. She has also served as advisor to the development and preparation of both college and community exhibits.



Prof. Brandi Stanton (Ph.D., Indiana University), is Liberal Arts Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts. Dr. Stanton received her B.A. from Stanford University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Indiana University. She came to the college as a Visiting Instructor of English in 2007, before joining the Core Curriculum staff. Her teaching interests include 20th and 21st century American poetry and fiction, postmodernism, hybrid genres, feminist theory, and composition. In her role as a liberal arts associate, she is responsible for supporting faculty in the teaching of the four fundamental liberal arts skills, especially as related to the First Year Seminars. She also supports writing activities across the curriculum. She teaches a First Year Seminar called "Totally Awesome" American Literature of the 1980s.