Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship 2017 – Joanne Bagshaw

Professor Joanne Bagshaw participated in the Montgomery College Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship program in 2017. She and her psychology students explored new approaches and pedagogies, explored social justice themes and assignments and traveled to Smithsonian museums to enrich their learning. About the project: Criminal and Legal Psychology (PSYC213) explored the connection between slavery and mass incarceration as a social justice issue. Students visited either the National Museum of African American History and Culture or the National Museum of American History. Students were required to either find objects that connected slavery with mass incarceration or answer the question: Is mass incarceration democratic? Students presented their findings to the class, as well as integrated their findings in a final paper. The museum visits provided students the opportunity to draw connections between the topics of mass incarceration, slavery, and democracy based on their own feelings and reactions to the exhibits.

Dr. Bagshaw earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Long Island University (Southampton), a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in General Psychology from Capella University. Her blog “The Third Wave” is featured on Psychology Today. She is a licensed professional counselor in Maryland and New York with a part-time therapy practice focused on sex and relationship therapy.

The Montgomery College-Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship is the signature program of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, a community college located in suburban Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Since 1998, more than 180 faculty have completed the fellowship—integrating theme-based learning and museum visits into their courses. The program has spurred more than 20,000 visits to the Smithsonian as MC students and their guests travel to various Smithsonian museums, programs and events. Learn more at

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