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.
Sarah Nelson Wright is an interdisciplinary artist focused on socially engaged media art, including site-specific projects addressing gentrification and environmental issues. She creates media projects and public art about the urban experience that explore the changing city. Her work encompasses video, installation, interactive media and public art.
Prof. Wright’s current project, INVISIBLE SEAMS, is an augmented reality walking tour that reveals the impact of the globalized fashion industry. She is also collaborating on a series of virtual reality installations with Prof. Edrex Fontanilla. Her public art project THE NEWTOWN CREEK ARMADA (2012-2016) explored contaminated waterways with a participatory remote control model boat pond that uses video and water quality sensors to document pollution. Previous projects include EMOTIONAL VENDING MACHINE (2015) – aninteractive machine collecting and dispensing solutions for global food system problems, BROOKLYN MAKES (2009) – a site-specific video installation about manufacturing in North Brooklyn, and LOCATIONS & DISLOCATION (2008-2011) – a project about displacement in the urban environment.
Her projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and festivals, including the Queens Museum (NY), Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (New York), Mostra de Artes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), ACVic Center for Contemporary Arts (Vic, Spain), UnionDocs (NY), Conflux Festival (NY), Dumbo Arts Festival (NY), Proteus Gowanus (NY), AHA Fine Arts (NY), and Radiator Gallery (NY). She has received grants from Brooklyn Arts Council, The Hudson River Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation & FEAST Brooklyn and has been an artist-in-residence at _gaia studio and the School of Making Thinking.
Wright holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. She teaches digital media production and cultural studies courses about the Internet. She also serves as Director of the Theresa Lang Center for Producing at Marymount, which encompasses all of the media labs and equipment used for our production majors.
Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She teaches all things medieval and early modern in the department. Her courses include the medieval and early modern surveys, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Arthurian Literature and the History of the English Language. She takes her classes to the Met and the Cloisters frequently in order to reinforce how medieval art, architecture and literature are linked together.
Dr. Brown’s research interests include medieval literature written by, for and about women. She has published several books and articles on these topics, including Three Women of Liege (Brepols, 2008), Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture (co-edited with Donna Bussell, York Medieval Press, 2012), and Cosmology, Sociality and Sexuality in Medieval Literary Texts (co-edited with Marla Segol, Palgrave Press, 2013). Her 2011 article in The Journal of the History of Sexuality won the bi-annual Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship prize for Best Article.
From 2010-2013, Dr. Brown served as the president of the Medieval Club of New York, which sponsors monthly academic lectures on medieval topics. She also recently finished her terms on the boards of the Hagiography Society and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.
Dr. Brown is currently finishing her book project entitled Fruit of the Orchard: Catherine of Siena in Medieval and Early Modern England. An article related to this project, “The Many Misattributions of Catherine of Siena: Beyond The Orchard in England,” has been published in the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (Issue 41, 2015).
Nava R. Silton, Ph.D., has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, and Mediakidz. She has taught both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Fordham University, Hunter College, and Touro College and is now relishing her time at Marymount Manhattan College. She was a Postdoctoral Templeton Fellow at the Spears Research Institute at the Healthcare Chaplaincy from 2009-2010, and she has worked as a consultant for projects conducted by the Autism Seaver Center at Mount Sinai Hospital, at the Children’s Television Workshop and at Netflix.
Her primary research interests include determining how best to enhance typical children’s sensitivity to children on the autism spectrum, how to teach social emotional skills to children on the spectrum, and looking at the interface between religion and health. Silton is also a weekly coach for Special Olympics Gymnastics, helps run Jewish learning and Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) programs, and chairs a variety of fundraising initiatives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.