History Faculty Listing
Associate Professor of History
Ph.D. Yale University
M.A. Yale University
M.A. City College — City University of New York
B.A. Hunter College, CUNY.
Dr. Ballard, Associate Professor of History, teaches a range of American and African American history and cultural studies courses, and specializes in nineteenth-century intellectual and cultural history. She is the author of "Frederick Douglass and the Ideology of Resistance," Black Leaders and Ideologies in the South. Edited by Preston King and Walter Earl Fluker. Routledge (2007); "African American Protest at the Chicago World's Fair," Multiculturalism: Roots and Realities. C. James Trotman, editor. Indiana University Press (2002), and "A People without a Nation," Chicago History: Magazine of the Chicago History Society, 28, no.1 (Summer 1999). Currently, Dr. Ballard is working on a major study of little considers aspects Booker T. Washington's leadership and a study of abolitionist literature. She has given public lectures on topics ranging from American Slavery, Richard Wright, Herman Mellville and Frederick Douglass, Gordon Parks, and Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
Lauren Erin Brown
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D. Harvard University
A.M. Harvard University
A.B. Smith College
Professor Brown holds a doctorate in History from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at Marymount, Dr. Brown taught 20th century history at High Point University in North Carolina. A Jacob K. Javits Fellow (2000-2004) and a Joint Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museums of American Art and American History (2006), Dr. Brown spent fall 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.
She continued work on her current manuscript, Cultural Czars, under a research grant from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholar’s Kennan Institute (2011.) The book, focused on dance and Cold War arts funding, explores the political power of the arts, how perceptions of something or someone as American have changed in the context of globalization, and how nationalism is read onto physical bodies and their movement.
Professor Brown’s research interests include 20th century cultural and diplomatic history, transnationalism and national identity, cultural consumption, ethnicity and the body, and the arts. She has begun two new projects; one, an exploration of dance and culture in post-revolutionary Cuba, and another on the history of the term “Third World.” At Marymount, Dr. Brown teaches courses in U.S. history, historical research methods, foreign policy, consumerism, and women’s history.
Associate Professor of History and International Studies
Chair of History Department
B.A., National Taiwan Normal University
M.A., University of California, Davis
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Yu-Yin Cheng is an associate professor of History and International Studies. Her specialization is in Chinese intellectual-activism, Chinese women’s history, and Christianity in late imperial China (1368-1910 CE). She teaches courses on Chinese and East Asian culture and history, East-West encounters, world history, and contemporary China. She is the author of A Chronological Biography of Lo Ju-fang (1515-1588): Poet, Philosopher, Activist [in Chinese] (1995), and co-editor of Under Confucian Eyes: Texts on Gender in Chinese History (2001, with Susan Mann).