Teachers, performers, artists, scientists, professionals, mentors, and scholars—our faculty make MMC great.

Our professors guide students in the studio, mentor them in research, help them land amazing internships, and prepare them for graduate study and careers. They are as accomplished in their own careers as they are in the classroom, performing, presenting, and publishing their own work regularly.

Faculty Spotlight

  • Andreas Hernandez

    Andreas Hernandez has a background in social work and music, and holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. His work examines the cultural, religious and ecological dimensions of Latin American social movements, particularly in Brazil. Andreas utilizes film as part of his research – his documentary “Hope Will Win Over Fear: The World Social Forums,” has been screened on every continent through film festivals, social movement networks, and universities. He has taught at Ithaca College, and through Bard College, the Elmira Maximum Security Prison.

  • Mark T. Conard

    Mark T. Conard received his Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. His main areas of interest include Ancient Greek Philosophy, German Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, and Popular Culture and Philosophy. He is the author of numerous articles in these areas, as well as the editor of many books, including The Philosophy of Film Noir, The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers, and The Philosophy of Spike Lee. He regularly teaches courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Modern Philosophy, Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Plato.


  • Judith Hanks

    Dr. Hanks holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the City University of New York. Her research focuses on the evolutionary relationships among fern taxa from both a morphological and photochemical standpoint. Currently Dr. Hanks is engaged in research at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) where she maintains an Honorary Research Associate appointment in the Institute of Systematic Botany. Dr. Hanks uses scanning electron microscopy to elucidate the microarchitecture of fern spores and applies the information in the phylogenetic analysis of this important group of plants. Her work can be seen on www.plantsystematics.org website (type in keyword spores). At NYBG she has also worked on projects examining species diversity in the coastal forests of Brazil and the isolation of novel phytochemicals from various plant species.

    Prior to joining the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics at Marymount Manhattan, Dr. Hanks held an assistant professorship in the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at New York Institute of Technology. Her years of teaching at NYIT and microbiological background from grant supported research in marine microbial ecology led to her current interests in the isolation, elucidation, and potential use of phytochemicals as antimicrobial agents. The microorganisms investigated include medically important opportunists of the human body.

    Dr. Hanks teaches the general education courses Plagues and Humankind, Human Biology, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to the Biology major courses General Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, and Ecology.