director, Helen P. Denit Honors Program
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., University of Georgia
B.S., B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
Brian Etheridge's C.V. (.pdf)
I first got involved in honors education because I was simply in the right place at the right time. All faculty dream of the opportunity to work with the best and brightest students at an institution, but not all of us get the chance. During my first year as an assistant professor at my previous institution, my department head said that our unit needed to offer an honors class and asked if I would be willing to teach a class on Hollywood and the Cold War. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity. Shortly thereafter, I managed to become a regular member of the honors faculty and, five years after teaching that first honors class, I was asked to run the honors program.
In 2010, I was offered the chance to take over the Helen P. Denit Honors Program at the University of Baltimore. I was deeply honored and tremendously excited by the prospect. UB is going through incredible changes that present unique opportunities to develop truly visionary and cutting-edge curricula and experiences for our undergraduates, and the Helen P. Denit Honors Program is positioned to play a major part in the change. Simply put, UB is on the cusp of great things, and I wanted to be a part of it.
I am also a historian of American foreign relations and have published widely on the intersection of foreign relations and culture. I study how foreign relations and popular culture can affect each other. My work up until now has focused primarily on public diplomacy—how nation-states try to tell their stories to foreign peoples in ways that facilitate their foreign policy objectives.