WCSC - Washington Community Scholars' Center


Ryan Good
Assistant Director

Ryan M. Good is an assistant professor of applied social sciences and assistant director of the Washington Community Scholars Center. He holds a PhD in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University, an MA in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University, and an MA in Theological Studies from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. His research and teaching have covered:

- Community development theory and practice
- Place-based organizing and organizations
- Neighborhood identity and politics
- Public schools
- Urban political theory
- Theories and politics of urban space
- Research methods

In his doctoral research, Ryan studied community responses to school closures in Philadelphia, exploring the ways neighborhood stakeholders invoked place and place identity in protesting and making sense of the closure of local public schools. This work fits within a larger research agenda focused on the politics of place, claims to space, and the contestation of spatialized inequalities.

Kimberly Schmidt
Department Chair and Professor

Kimberly D. Schmidt is professor of history and director of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center. She received her Ph.D. in American history from Binghamton University in 1995. Publications include Magpie’s Blanket, a Women Writing the West WILLA Literary Awards Finalist, historical fiction category and Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History, from the Johns Hopkins University Press. Kimberly divides her research interests between Amish and Mennonite women’s social history and women’s histories of the Southern Cheyenne. She teaches local multicultural history in Washington, DC and is particularly interested in accessing the histories of social movements and poor people’s experiences through various visual and performing arts media. She has lived in the Washington area since 1989 and has two children.


Administrative Assistant

Karlyn Gehring is the Administrative Assistant for the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) in DC where she supports the program’s recruitment, admissions, communications, and day-to-day operations. She received her B.A. in psychology from Oberlin College and has been with the WCSC program since January, 2017. She also teaches private violin lessons.

Back to list