Faculty / Staff

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Department Chair

White, George
Associate Professor
O: AC-3E18

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
Doctoral Lecturer
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. 

Githuku, Nicholas
Assistant Professor
O: AC-2M04

Kirk, Timothy
Assistant Professor
O: AC-3D08B
Timothy W. Kirk, PhD is currently assistant professor of philosophy at the City University of New York-York College where he specializes in philosophy of nursing and healthcare ethics with an emphasis on hospice and palliative care. In addition to his appointment at CUNY, he serves as ethics consultant to VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the New York University Department of Population Health’s Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center and in the NYU College of Nursing. Together with Bruce Jennings, he is editor of Hospice Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014). Tim Kirk is chair of the ethics advisory council of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, chair of the hospice and palliative care affinity group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and a frequent consultant and commentator on hospice ethics to healthcare organizations and media outlets across the nation.

Mangru, Basdeo
Associate Professor
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.

Neale, Kay
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
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
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
Professor Emeritus
O: AC-3D08B

Part-Time Faculty

 Anderson, Elizabeth, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Bergholz, Fred, Adjunct Associate Professor

 Devi, Sharada, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Dunbar, Marjorie, Adjunct Lecturer

 Efthimiades, Michael, Adjunct Lecturer

 Evans, Benjamin, Adjunct Lecturer

 Floyd-White, Dolores, Adjunct Lecturer

 Fried, Mirian, Adjunct Lecturer

 Jenkins, Lisa, Adjunct Lecturer

 Joo, Sung Oo, Adjunct Lecturer

 Kramer, Michael, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Miller, Eugene, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Rahman, Md., Mahbubur, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Ruby, Ryan, Adjunct Lecturer

 Sayid, Cosim J., Adjunct Lecturer

 Silva Sibilin, Casandra, Adjunct Lecturer

 Taborn, Karen, Adjunct Lecturer

 Tilitz, Thomas, Adjunct Lecturer

 Toure, Halima, Adjunct Assistant Professor

College Laboratory Technician


 Grande, Vanessa, CUNY Office Assistant