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About Us

Founded in 1998, this interdisciplinary doctoral program investigates the concepts and processes of Language, Literacy, and Culture in relationship to social, cultural, linguistic, historical, technological, and ideological formations.

In their research and teaching, our faculty members represent interdisciplinary areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and education. The alliances made with other academic departments at UMBC have made our program an ideal incubator of knowledge and interdisciplinary inquiry. The participating departments in our program are:

Africana Studies

American Studies



Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies


Media and Communication Studies

Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy


On April 22, 2018 the LLC Program suffered a tragic loss when our director, Dr. Cedric Herring, passed away suddenly. ¬†Our Program has been buoyed by the outpouring of love and support towards Dr. Herring’s family and our program. Plans are now underway to advance his scholarship in diversity, inclusiveness, and equity at UMBC. We look forward to sharing these with you soon.

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt is now LLC Director.