Meet the Staff

Dr. Stephon J. Hamell, Director of Scholars & Fellows

Headshot of Dr. HamellStephon J. Hamell joined the JHU Community as the Director of Scholars and Fellows in the Center for Student Success in August 2020. In this capacity, he also serves as Kessler Scholars Program Director. Much of his past professional experiences have focused on increasing educational equity, access, and success for historically marginalized communities within higher education. He has experience in many facets of higher education administration including advising, athletics, enrollment, multicultural affairs, TRIO programs, and leadership development. Stephon developed a passion for issues of social justice and educational equity as a result of his own experiences navigating post-secondary education as a FLI student.

Stephon received his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester and undergraduate degree in Math and Physics from Utica College. Additionally, Stephon is a self-proclaimed hip-hop historian and retired student-athlete.

Dr. Kathleen M. Barry, Assistant Director

Kathleen M. Barry is an historian of the twentieth-century United States whose research has focused on women and labor. She is the author of Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants (Duke University Press, 2007). Her doctoral work was supported in part by an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship. She has taught US history at New York University and the University of Cambridge, where she was the Mellon Research Fellow in American History and a fellow of Jesus College for three years. After her postdoctoral fellowship in Cambridge, she remained overseas, living in England and Spain for a total of 11 years.

Along with her time in academia, Kathleen has also worked in public history institutions. She served on the staff of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, developing publications and programs, and was the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Baltimore County.

Kathleen completed her undergraduate degree in history at Harvard University, and her doctoral degree in US history at New York University. She currently applies her enthusiasm for history and history education to  serving as a volunteer judge at the local, state, and national levels for National History Day.