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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

  • Yu-Yin Cheng

    Yu-Yin Cheng is an Associate Professor of History and International Studies. Her specialization is in Chinese intellectual-activism, Chinese women’s history, and Christianity in late imperial China (1368-1910 CE). She teaches courses on Chinese and East Asian culture and history, East-West encounters, world history, and contemporary China. She is the author of A Chronological Biography of Lo Ju-fang (1515-1588), Poet, Philosopher, Activist [in Chinese] (1995), and co-editor of Under Confucian Eyes: Texts on Gender in Chinese History (2001, with Susan Mann). Her articles have appeared in the Journal of World History, Chinese Studies, and Ming Studies.  In 2011-2012, she was one of the U.S. delegates representing ten universities and colleges in the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP), sponsored by the Institute of International Education, to develop partnership with higher education institutes in China.  


  • Nancy Lushington

    Nancy Lushington graduated with departmental honors in dance from Adelphi University. She danced as a soloist with the May O’Donnell Concert Dance Company for over 15 years. She has performed professionally with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Theater Dance Collection, The Asolo Opera, and Verlezza Dance, as well as in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared on television in May O’Donnell’s Dance Energies, Mass, and was a featured dancer in a national commercial choreographed by Lynne Taylor Corbett. She is one of the few dancers who set Ms. O’Donnell’s works both in the US and abroad. She has choreographed over 30 works for colleges, universities, and regional companies. Ms. Lushington teaches internationally annually in Cyprus; Graz, Austria; and at Bolzano Danza in Italy. She has also taught Master Classes in Ferrara, Barcelona, London and throughout the United States. She has served on the faculty at Adelphi University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and The New York School for Film and Television, and Stephens College and was the Artistic Director of the Dance In Education Fund, Inc. for 19 years.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance.

  • Leslie Levin

    Leslie Levin, Associate Professor of Business Management, earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University. She teaches marketing, advertising, and consumer behavior; her research interests include religious imagery in advertising and the advancement of management women in domestic and international companies. Prior to joining Marymount, she worked in public relations and marketing management at the former Burson-Marsteller, Lever Brothers, and Bristol-Myers.