Faculty / Staff

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Department Chair

White, George
White, George
Associate Professor
P:718-262-2641
O: AC-3D08a

Dr. White’s first book Holding the Line: Race, Racism, and American Foreign Policy Toward Africa, 1953-1961 was published in 2005.  His second book will be an edited volume of the papers of a World War II Chaplain, entitled “On the Battlefield For My Lord: The Papers of Rev. Robert Boston Dokes in World War II.”  In addition to his Ph.D., Dr. White also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and has taught courses or portions of courses on the impact of the American legal system on society.



Full-Time Faculty

Benedito, Roberto
Benedito, Roberto
Doctoral Lecturer
P:718-262-5286
O: AC-3D04

Roberto M. Benedito is a Doctoral Lecturer in the Cultural Diversity Program of the Department of History and Philosophy.  He is a lawyer with a Ph. D. in Anthropology (SUNY at Buffalo).  He currently serves as a member of the Outcomes and Assessment Committee, an advisory body to the President.  

Benedito's research deals with law, culture and anthropology.  His area specialty is Southeast Asia particulary the Philippines, where he was from originally and worked as a lawyer and human rights advocate.  He has studied law, culture and legal consciousness among indigenous peoples of the Philippines.  He has published articles on the impact of state and international law on indigenous peoples rights specifically their ownership to ancestral land.  A common theme in his research is the significance of cultural practice in law and legal institutions. 


Divale, William
Divale, William
Professor
P:718-262-2982
O: AC-3A01

Fishman, Laura
Fishman, Laura
Professor
P:718-262-2645
O: AC-3D07

Analysis of early European, especially French, interaction with indigenous peoples of the Americas, with specific focus on Catholic missionary activity, and also the impact of concepts of gender on the colonial encounter.




Githuku, Nicholas
Githuku, Nicholas
Assistant Professor
P:718-2622579
O: AC-3E18
Dr. Githuku's first publication is a study of the social and cultural history of the mentalité of struggle in Kenya, which reached a high water mark during the Mau Mau war of the 1950s, but which continues to resonate in Kenya today in the ongoing demand for a decent standard of living and social justice for all. This work catalyzes intellectual debate in various disciplines regarding not just the evolution of the Kenyan state, but also, the state in Africa. It not only engages historians of colonial and postcolonial economic and political history, but also sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and those who study personality and social branches of psychology, postcolonialism and postmodernity, social movements, armed conflict specialists, and conflict resolution analysts.

Jayaram, Kiran
Jayaram, Kiran
Assistant Professor
P:718-262-2640
O: AC-3d04
Within Latin American and Caribbean Studies, his research lies at the intersection of political economy, anthropology, and education. He conducted fieldwork on Haitian educational and labor migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, land tenure in post-earthquake Haiti, living wages among free trade zone workers, and human rights for Haitian migrants. He also worked on a series of applied research projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Prof. Jayaram has published articles in Caribbean Quarterly, Radical History Review, and the International Journal of Educational Development. His co-edited volume, Keywords of Mobility, was published in 2016. He received numerous awards from anthropology departments and Title VI Area Studies Centers. Since 2014, he has been working with the Université d’Etat d’Haïti to help establish a doctoral program in Anthropology with funds from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Kirk, Timothy
Kirk, Timothy
Associate Professor
P:718-262-5316
O: AC-3D08B
Timothy W. Kirk, PhD is associate professor of philosophy, specializing in healthcare ethics with an emphasis on hospice and palliative care. He also holds an appointment in the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Kirk is ethics consultant with MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care, the largest hospice and palliative care program in New York State, and consults nationally with hospice and palliative care organizations. Together with Bruce Jennings, he is editor of Hospice Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014). Tim Kirk is a Trustee of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State and a frequent media commentator on hospice ethics and policy.

Mangru, Basdeo
Mangru, Basdeo
Associate Professor
P:718-262-2642
O: AC-3D07

My main field of research focuses on the migration and conditions of indentured workers from the subcontinent of India to the Caribbean in the 19th and 20th century. It examines, inter alia, post-emancipation labor problems in the Caribbean, the reasons for Indian emigration overseas, the labor recruiting system, depot accommodation, conditions on the voyage, the iniquitous indenture system, labor resistance, race relations, the campaign for the abolition of indenture in India and the planters’ efforts to introduce additional Indian labor on a Colonization Scheme.


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Neale, Kay
Lecturer
P:718-262-5272
O: AC-3D04

Theatre Arts Professional with over two decades of experience in theatre administration, performing, programming, and production overlapped with twelve years practice as an Adjunct Professor, Arts Educator and promoter of the core benefits of cultural diversity.


Parmet, Robert
Parmet, Robert
Professor
P:718-262-2644
O: AC-3E18

I have spent many years studying US ethnic, immigration and labor history.  In so doing I have focused on 19th century nativism, organized labor, and the needle trades.  Currently I am studying the first two decades of York College, with an emphasis on the political and social developments of the 1960s and 1970s that account for its birth, location and struggle for survival.


Ruttenberg, Howard
Ruttenberg, Howard
Professor
P:718-262-2649
O: AC-3E17

Howard Ruttenberg began at York College as an Instructor while still working on his dissertation with Richard McKeon at The University of Chicago, becoming an Assistant Professor in 1974.  In his 40 years at York, he has taught most of the courses in Philosophy, two in Speech, three in Political Science, CLDV 210 and Academic Computing 101.  He has participated in every major curriculum reform at the College.  He studied psychoanalysis at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies to develop his teaching methods and was his Department's chairperson for 16 years.  He has now returned to full-time teaching and scholarship.


Professor Emeriti

Hux, Samuel
Hux, Samuel
Professor Emeritus
P:718-262-2954
O: AC-3D08B

Part-Time Faculty

 Anderson, Elizabeth, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Cooper, Alan, Adjunct Professor

 Devi, Sharada, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Efthimiades, Michael, Adjunct Lecturer

 Fried, Miriam, Adjunct Lecturer

 Joo, Sung, Adjunct Lecturer

 Santiago, Christopher, Adjunct Lecturer

 Sayid, Cosim, Adjunct Lecturer

 Toure, Halima, Adjunct Assistant Professor

College Laboratory Technician

Staff

 Belousova, Ekaterina, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Bhagwandeen, Madhdvie, College Assistant

 Burke, Charlanne, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Grande, Vanessa, CUNY Office Assistant

 Parmet, Robert, Professor

 Seda, Albert, Adjunct Lecturer

 Tuchman-Rosta, Celia, Adjunct Lecturer

 Woldemariam, Yebio, Adjunct Assistant Professor