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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 in the News

Faculty Spotlight

  • Cecilia Feilla

    Dr. Feilla received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. Her teaching and research interests include 18th-century literature, drama and performance theory, genre studies, urban literature, and the literature of revolution. Her current research focuses on seduction and education in 18th-century novels and plays, as well as on Enlightenment-era medievalisms. She has been a scholar-in-residence at NYU and a research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. and the Collegium Philosophiae Transatlanticum of the Philipps Universität-Marburg, Germany. Her work on the 18th century has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Life, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, as well as various collected volumes. Her books include The Sentimental Theater of the French Revolution (2013) and a critical edition of the novel, La Tribu indienne, ou Edouard et Stellina (The Indian Tribe, or Edouard and Stellina, 1799) by Lucien Bonaparte (2006). She is the former Director of British Literature for the Northeast Modern Language Association (2008-2010).

  • 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 featureddancer 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, Stephens College and was the Artistic Director of the Dance In Education Fund, Inc for 19 years. She is currently at Marymount Manhattan College, and Montclair State University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance.

  • Jennifer Brown

    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. 

    Dr. Brown served as the president of the Medieval Club of New York from 2010-2013, which sponsors monthly academic lectures on medieval topics. She currently serves on the board of the Hagiography Society and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.

    Dr. Brown will be on research leave 2013-2014 to finish researching and writing a book on Catherine of Siena’s English tradition, entitled Picking Fruit in the Orchard: Catherine of Siena in Medieval and Early Modern England.