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).
Dr. Hsu received his doctoral degree from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Previously, he worked in the finance department of an international airline company. Before joining York College, Dr. Hsu taught at Queens College and Hunter College since 2005, where he instructed several Finance and Economics courses, including Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, Financial Markets and Institutions, Statistics, and Microeconomics.
Dr. Hsu’s research interest is in quantitative finance and its applications in risk management and investment. He has been acknowledged as a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and has been awarded the Golden Key medal. He has presented his research papers at several major academic conferences, and he serves as a referee for the Journal of Future Markets, Journal of International Money and Finance,International Journal of Finance and Economics, and Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.
William J. Hughes is an Assistant Professor of English in the Department’s Journalism Program hired in the Fall of 2007 to assist with the start-up of York College’s four-year B.A. degree program in journalism. During a nearly ten-year career as an investigative reporter covering crime and corruption in municipal governments and police departments in Westchester and Passaic Counties, Professor Hughes also taught journalism courses at night at Kingsborough College and Brooklyn College, both alma maters.
During his career as a full-time professional reporter he won numerous awards for exposing fraud, waste and corruption. In 2010 he won an award from The National Council on Crime and Delinquency for an article about a man who has served 22 years in prison for a crime he claims he did not commit. He is currently working on a book about wrongful convictions.
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 Disturbers of the Peace: Representations of Insanity in Anglophone Caribbean Literature (U of Virginia P, 2013), 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).
AT-105 (Performing Arts Center)
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.