MMC Welcomes 14 New Faculty Members

(New York, NY) Fourteen new accomplished faculty members will join the Marymount Manhattan community at the start of the 2007-2008 academic year. The College is pleased to welcome each of the following individuals, whose academic expertise will enrich the MMC learning environment.

Carrie-Ann Biondi
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Carrie-Ann Biondi joins us from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include immigration policy, political philosophy, and the philosophy of education. Her forthcoming articles include “Aristotle on the Mixed Constitution and Its Relevance for American Political Thought” (Social Philosophy & Policy) and “Socratic Teaching: Beyond The Paper Chase” (Teaching Philosophy). Biondi co-edited a newly published collection of original essays: “A History of the Philosophy of Law from the Ancient Greeks to the Scholastics.” She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.

Pat Catterson
Artist-in-Residence, Dance
Pat Catterson has been teaching as a part-time faculty member at MMC since 1998. She also joined the faculties of The Juilliard School, Princeton University and Manhattanville College. She has choreographed 85 dances including her one-woman program “Please, Just Take It One Life At A Time.” Her works have been commissioned by the Juilliard School, NYC’s High School for the Performing Arts, Princeton University, Minneapolis’ New Dance Ensemble, Illinois State University, Ohio University, Hofstra University, Duke University, Pratt Institute and American University. She performed with Yvonne Rainer and Dancers, James Cunningham and the Acme Dance Company, Douglas Dunn, The Grand Union, and the Judith Scott Dance Company.

Darren R. Cohen
Instructor in Theatre Arts
Darren R. Cohen served on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy for over ten years teaching music theatre performance classes and audition workshops. Cohen taught at the Steinhardt School of Music at New York University. He has held master classes, including sessions at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Webster University, and Arizona State. His recently published book, The Complete Professional Audition, is in use at over 25 universities around the country. He has a successful private coaching clientele ranging from post-graduate students to Tony award winners currently on Broadway.

Bradley L. Herling
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Bradley Herling joins us from Boston University where he has been teaching and where he received his Ph.D. Herling is finishing a textbook, A Beginner’s Guide to the Study of Religion. His interests range across the territories of philosophy and religious studies, the historical interchange between Eastern and Western thought, the challenge of evil and unwarranted suffering and method in the study of religion.

Alessandra Leri
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Alessandra Leri recently completed her Ph.D. at Princeton University where she has been teaching since 2004. Prior to that, she taught Italian at the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. She holds an M.A. in Italian Literature from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Chemistry from The College of William and Mary. Recent publications include “Quantitative Determination of Absolute Organohalogen Concentrations in Environmental Samples by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy” (Analytical Chemistry, 2006) and “Uptake of Bromide by Two Wetland Plants” (Environmental Science and Technology, 2004).

Nancy Lushington
Artist-in-Residence, Dance
Nancy Lushington has been a part-time member of MMC’s faculty since 1994 and a half-time Associate Professor at Montclair State University since 1989. In 2002, she was named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member in Dance. She has performed with Jacob’s Pillow, the Sophie Maslow Dance Company, the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, the Asolo Opera Company, Verlezza Dance, and the May O’Donnell Concert Dance Company. She serves as the Artistic Director for the Dance in Education Fund, Inc. Lushington has choreographed and presented over 25 original works to music varying in genre from Brahms and Mozart to Cole Porter and Bobby Darin.

Emmanuel Maou
Instructor in Mathematics
Emmanuel Maou joined MMC for two weeks last spring as visiting professor from The American College of Thessaloniki. He previously taught at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, The University of Iowa, and Marycrest College in Davenport, IowA. His research interests include the use of technology in Mathematics and the collaborative process in e-learning. He holds an M.S. from the University of Iowa.

Richard J. Meagher
Instructor in Political Science
Richard J. Meagher Jr. is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught philosophy, American government, and writing at Hunter College and Villanova University. He has published “Tax Revolt as a Family Value: How the Christian Right Is Becoming a Free Market Champion” in The Public Eye and entries for “Foundation for Individual Rights in Education” in The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. He holds an M.Phil. from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Jennifer Milligan
Assistant Professor of History
Jennifer Milligan served as a lecturer in Harvard’s History and Literature program. Previously, she taught at Rutgers, Cooper Union, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her publications include “Archives are History: An Introduction” (Archival Science) and “The Archive in Modern France: A History” (Archives Stories: Facts, Fictions and the Writing of History). Milligan is affiliated with the American Historical Association, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the International Society for Intellectual History, and the Society for French Historical Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Anthony Naaeke
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
Anthony Naaeke joins us from Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana where he served as the coordinator of the Public Speaking Program and taught Business and Professional Communication, Persuasion and Advocacy and Intercultural Communication, among other courses. He has also taught at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, Ind. and Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. His dissertation, “Kaleidoscope Catechesis: Critique and Response to Missionary Activity in Africa with Particular Reference to the Dagaaba of Northwestern Ghana” was published in 2006. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Robert Pagliari
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
Robert Pagliari has taught Organizational Communication and Principles and Theories of Communication at MMC as an adjunct. He taught at St. John’s University in Queens, Conconcordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., the American College in Louvain Belgium, and Saint Alphonsus College. Publications include: “Leadership for CEOs: Integrating Mission Statements with Organizational Identity” (Catholic Charities USA Quarterly) and “A Stone I Wish I Never Met: Remembering 9-11” (Sacred Stones). He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from the University of Denver, an M.A. from Westfield State University, an M.R.E. from Mount Saint Alphonsus, and an M.Div. from Mount Saint Alphonsus.

William Quattromani
Instructor in Mathematics
William Quattromani is a level II Ph.D. student in Mathematics at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught Quantitative Reasoning and Algebra at MMC as an adjunct since 2001 and has also served on the adjunct faculty of LaGuardia Community College, City College, and Lehman College during that time. He holds an M.A. from St. John’s University.

Michelle Ronda
Instructor in Sociology
Michelle Ronda is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her publications include: “Factors Related to Self-Sufficiency in a Distressed Public Housing Community” (Journal of Urban Affairs) and “‘At-risk’ Chicano Students: The Institutional and Communicative Life of a Category” (Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences). She holds an M.A. from the University of Texas, Austin and an M.Phil. from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Rebecca White
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts
Rebecca White has taught at Purchase College, Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego. Her work has been featured in more than 20 exhibitions including: “Legacy of Susan B. Anthony”, Lockhart Gallery, Geneseo, N.Y., 2006 and “Rude & Bold Women Visual & Performing Arts Exhibition”, Garland Gallery, Binghamton, N.Y., 2005. Additionally she curated the exhibits “Future of Digital Art,” Lanigan Hall, SUNY Oswego, 2005; and “Point of Convergence,” Lightwork Syracuse, N.Y. 2004. She holds an M.F.A. from Syracuse University.