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John Willard


John D. Willard V, Instructor and Associate Director, Martha Ross Center for Oral History (M.A. UMBC)

John Willard is the Associate Director of the Martha Ross Center for Oral History and specializes in oral history theory and methods.  He has taught Western Civilization survey courses as well as Public History Track classes for the Department of History, Honors College, and Humanities Center at UMBC. His research interests include general religious studies, early Christian church formation, contemporary issues of faith, the Cold War, the Pan-Islamic movement, formation of democratic institution, democratic responses to communist states, and industrial/technology development of the 19th and early-20th centuries. Currently he is conducting research to expand on his M.A. thesis regarding the first women ordained in the Episcopal Church as well as working on an oral history book that profiles the immigrant experience since the closing of Ellis Island. He is also working as the editor of a collection of articles and essays on democratic rights
and responsibilities.

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