Honors Program Faculty
I’m a Social Psychologist and specialize in how people perceive and think about other people and the common errors people make when thinking about people. My specific research interests involve the stigma of mental illness and how people think about blame and responsibility in sexual assault situations. I also have training in Community Psychology and worked for about 10 years outside of academia in community development, namely leadership development and community organizing. I also have interests in fringe areas of Psychology. I’ve published articles and letters about Jungian Archetypes and anomalous phenomena (e.g. ESP).
My research interests are in wireless and mobile networking in general. More recently, I have been working on protocols for mobility and content centric network architectures. For more details about what I have been upto prior to joining York, please visit http://www.winlab.rutgers.edu/~sjain.
Kelly Baker Josephs, Associate Professor of English, specializes in World Anglophone Literature with an emphasis on Caribbean Literature. She teaches courses in Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Literatures of the African Diaspora, and Gender Studies. Her book project, "Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature," considers the ubiquity of madmen and madwomen in Caribbean literature between 1959 and 1980.
Professor Josephs is Director of the York College Honors Program and Editor for sx salon: a small axe literary platform (www.smallaxe.net/sxsalon).
My background and current research focus on the role of RNA-binding proteins in the regulation of important developmental events using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. Although RNA-binding proteins have been shown to regulate the translation, stability, and localization of mRNAs during development, little is known of potential regulation at the level of transport and splicing events in the nucleus. I am currently focusing on identifying RNA targets of a nuclearly localized RNA-binding protein called Lark that is required for progression through oogenesis. It is likely that Lark is required at the level of RNA-splicing or nuclear-cytoplamic transport.
Dr. Namphy has held teaching positions at Princeton University and at Rutgers University. At York College, he teaches courses on African American and Native American literature, art, and music, and constantly encourages his students to explore the connections between our cultural practices and our struggle for freedom, justice, equality, and dignity.
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.
Xiaodan Zhang's research focuses on changing labor relations under the economic reform in China. It is part of her larger intellectual inquires into construction and reproduction of power relations in society. The theoretical questions are centered on the relations between institutions, human actions and social changes. She also examines the cultural factor; but her interest is in finding out how and why certain cultural elements survive different social systems. Gender is another area of study. She is interested in women’s social movements in China and how it adopts, applies and redefines feminist theories from the West.