embserherbert@hamline.edu
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Contact Info

Máel Embser-Herbert
embserherbert@hamline.edu
+1 (651) 523-2564
Giddens/Alumni Learning Center > 206E

Máel Embser-Herbert

Professor, Sociology

Contact Info

Máel Embser-Herbert
embserherbert@hamline.edu
+1 (651) 523-2564
Giddens/Alumni Learning Center > 206E

Biography

Dr. Embser-Herbert teaches courses that focus primarily on issues of inequality and social justice. They have led study abroad programs in Amsterdam and Rwanda and, in conjunction with a Winter term course, took students to do Katrina-relief work in Mississippi. Until 2010, Dr. Embser-Herbert's scholarship focused primarily on issues of gender and sexuality in the military. Recognized as an expert regarding the now repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Dr. Embser-Herbert has published extensively on the topic and has been interviewed by media across the country. They served as an expert witness in 'Log Cabin Republicans v. USA', a 2010 case in which the judge declared the law to be unconstitutional. In 2009 they turned their attention to the issue of wrongful convictions, working with an inmate in Ohio on his claim of wrongful conviction. Largely as a result of their work, he was paroled in April 2013 after 35 years of wrongful incarceration. Most recently Dr. Embser-Herbert has published a book chapter, "Transgender Military Service: A Snapshot in Time: (Praeger, 2017). They are currently conducting in-depth interviews with transgender military personnel.

From 1999-2002, Dr. Embser-Herbert served as assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts. From 2012-2013, they served as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and from 2016-2018, they served as Director of the Center for Justice and Law. Dr. Embser-Herbert has participated, as a fellow, in the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program and with the Humphrey Institute Policy Forum at the University of Minnesota. They have been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology and The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. In 2014, Dr. Embser-Herbert held the Endowed Chair in Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2013, in recognition of service and leadership reflective of Hamline University's core values of social justice, civic responsibility, and inclusion, Dr. Embser-Herbert was awarded the John Wesley Trustee Award for Faculty and Staff.

Teaching Style

Dr. Embser-Herbert is passionate about getting students out into the community to experience "sociology in action" and often requires their students to "get off campus" and learn more about the community of which Hamline is a part. In a past First Year Seminar course, students produced, from research to filming to editing, a Public Service Announcement for the Minnesota Innocence Project.

"I want my students, regardless of major, to learn that whether as professionals or parents or community members, understanding the world around them as does a sociologist will be an invaluable asset. For me it's less about 'book learning' and more about understanding how sociology allows us to make our world a better place." - Máel Embser-Herbert