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Kurt Borkman PhotoProfessor Kurt Borkman, Ph.D.

A native Marylander who worked the waters of the lower Chesapeake as a commercial fisherman, Dr. Kurt Borkman is a graduate of Montgomery College. He earned his BA in History at The George Washington University, and his MA and PhD in History at the University of Michigan. Dr. Borkman is also the recipient of a DAAD Fellowship and was a visiting scholar in Germany in the 1980's. His areas of special interest include European Intellectual History, Historiography, the History of Christianity, and German History. Born in Baltimore and baptized in the shadow of Camden Yards, Kurt is a lifelong Orioles and Colts/Ravens fan.

Office: HS 196
Phone: 240-567-7758

Michael Harding PhotoProfessor Michael Harding, Ph.D.

Born in New York, but raised in Texas, Dr. Michael P. Harding holds a BA from the University of North Texas (1999), MA degrees in philosophy and politics from the University of Dallas (2004 and 2007). Writing on Nietzsche's political philosophy, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dallas (2013). His research interests can broadly be described as the history of philosophy - especially Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke and Nietzsche, as well as the American Founders and Progressives. Lately, he has been reading contemporary European political philosophy. He has been teaching philosophy at Montgomery College since 2013. His hobbies include reading, playing music, and traveling.

Office: HS 181
Phone: 240-567-7759

Professor Jennifer Haydel Photo Professor Jennifer Haydel

Jennifer Haydel holds a BA in Integrated International Studies from Knox College (1998) and an MA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2004). Her teaching and research interests include peacebuilding, transitional justice in post-conflict environments, social movements, and interdisciplinary education. She has been teaching Political Science at Montgomery College since 2008. Jennifer has lived in California, Illinois, Minnesota, Germany, Georgia, and Maryland.

Office: HS 192
Phone: 240-567-7756

Carla Naranjo PhotoProfessor Carla Naranjo

Carla Naranjo is an Associate Professor of Spanish and World Languages Coordinator for the Germantown campus. She has a B.A in Political Science with a concentration in Latin America from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (1991), a Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Culture from Georgetown University (2005) and a Graduate Certification in Spanish Interpretation and Translation from American University (2005).

Her academic interests include indigenous communities from Guatemala, immigration trends from Central American countries to the US as well as the movement for immigration reform in the US. Prior to teaching, Carla was a labor organizer for over 10 years, organizing primarily recent Spanish-speaking immigrants living and working in Texas and California. All of Carla's free time to dedicated to her daughter, Reina de la Paz.

Office: HS 182
Phone: 240-567-7766 

Kelly Rudin PhotoProfessor Kelly Rudin

Kelly Rudin’s area of specialty is World History. Prof. Rudin received both her B.A. and M.A.T. in teaching the Social Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1987 she studied in India as a Fulbright-Hayes scholar and taught in Turkey as a Fulbright exchange teacher in 1990-91. Prof. Rudin is active in Montgomery College’s International Education Program and has traveled with Montgomery College’s Study Abroad Program to China, Senegal and the Gambia, and Cuba. She led the MC Study Abroad Program to India in January, 2012. She has also travelled and studied throughout the U.S. and western and eastern Europe as well as parts of Africa, Latin America, Israel, New Zealand, the former Soviet Union and lived in Japan. From 2010-2013 Prof. Rudin coordinated the Paul Peck Humanities Institute Internship Program working with the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, teaches in the Renaissance Scholars Program, and was a 2013-14 MC Global Humanities Institute fellow. As a member of the World History Association (WHA) Prof. Rudin given presentations at several conferences in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Costa Rica. She created and is leading a WHA project called “The Star Trek Enterprise” based on the course that she created for Montgomery College’s Renaissance Scholars program called “Reflections of World History through Star Trek.”

Office: HS 188
Phone: 240-567-6923

Joe Thompson Profile Photo Professor Joseph Thompson, Ph.D.

Born and raised in northeastern New Jersey, Dr. Joseph C. Thompson holds a BA in history from East Stroudsburg University (1983), an MA in history from Kent State University (1986) and a PhD in history from the University of Florida (1995). His research interests include antebellum politics, African American history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age. He has been teaching US history at Montgomery College since 2000. In his spare time Joe enjoys playing golf, reading, and rooting for the New York Yankees.

Office: HS 138
Phone: 240-567-7751

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