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.
Yu-Yin Cheng is 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.
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 led to her 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 general education courses Plagues and Humankind, Human Biology, and HIV/AIDS, in addition to the Biology major courses General Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, and Ecology.