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 Spotlight

  • 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.

  • Julie Huntington

    Julie Huntington earned her Ph.D. in French from Vanderbilt University. Her teaching and research interests focus on exploring questions of language, identity, voice and representation in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Francophone literature and film.

    Her first book Sounding Off: Rhythm, Music and Identity in West African and Caribbean Francophone Novels examines how writers create sounding spaces in their novels and, in so doing, open up spaces for identity appropriation, negotiation, and configuration that lie beyond the confines of Western identificatory paradigms. She is currently working on her second book, Pestles, Pots and Poetry: Recipes as Rhetoric in Contemporary African Fiction. In the book, she explores what happens when the oral and instrumental traditions associated with meal preparation are translated and transcribed in literary formats. She also works on projects in foreign language pedagogy, placing particular emphasis on evaluating strategies for teaching literature and promoting intercultural awareness at all levels of foreign language teaching.

  • 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 also appeared in the Journal of World History, Chinese Studies, and Ming Studies.  In 2011-2012, she was one of the US delegates, representing Ten US Universities and Colleges to participate in the International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP), sponsored by the Institute of International Education, to develop partnership with Higher Education Institutes in China.