Marymount Manhattan

Faculty

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 in the News


Faculty Spotlight

  • 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 has led to 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 shared curriculum courses, Plagues and Humankind, Human Biology, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to the biology major courses of General Biology, Physiology, Microbiology and Ecology.

  • Lauren Brown

    Professor Brown holds a doctorate in History from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at Marymount, Dr. Brown taught 20th century history at High Point University in North Carolina. A Jacob K. Javits Fellow (2000-2004) and a Joint Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museums of American Art and American History (2006), Dr. Brown spent fall 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.

    She continued work on her current manuscript, Cultural Czars, under a research grant from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholar’s Kennan Institute (2011.) The book, focused on dance and Cold War arts funding, explores the political power of the arts, how perceptions of something or someone as American have changed in the context of globalization, and how nationalism is read onto physical bodies and their movement.

    Professor Brown’s research interests include 20th century cultural and diplomatic history, transnationalism and national identity, cultural consumption, ethnicity and the body, and the arts. She has begun two new projects; one, an exploration of dance and culture in post-revolutionary Cuba, and another on the history of the term “Third World.” At Marymount, Dr. Brown teaches courses in U.S. history, historical research methods, foreign policy, consumerism, and women’s history.

     

  • Andreas Hernandez

    Andreas Hernandez has a background in social work and music, and holds a PhD 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.