Asian Studies Faculty Listing
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).
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
B.A., Wesleyan University
Ph.D., Boston University
Bradley Herling received his Ph.D. from Boston University with a specialization in Philosophy of Religion. Before Marymount Manhattan, he taught at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Emerson College, and B.U., and his research interests include comparative philosophy of religion (especially the historical interchange between Germany and India); theory and method in the study of religion; religion, philosophy, and film; the problem of evil; and the challenge of religious extremism. Prof. Herling regularly teaches courses devoted to the religious traditions of Asia, philosophies of religion, and a variety of themes in the study of religion.
Deliver Us From Evil. Co-edited with M. David Eckel. Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion. London and New York: Continuum. 2009.
“Ethics, Heart, and Violence in Miller’s Crossing.” In The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers. Ed. Mark T. Conard. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press. 2008.
Panelist and organizer, “Post-Religious? Post-Secular? An Interdisciplinary Panel on the Contemporary State of Religion.” Marymount Manhattan College. March 2009.
Presider and organizer, “John Clayton’s Religions, Reason, and Gods: A Panel Discussion.” American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Chicago, IL. November 2008.
“ ‘Either a Hermeneutical Consciousness or a Critical Consciousness’: Renegotiating Theories of the Germany-India Encounter.” German Studies Association Annual Conference. St. Paul, MN, October. 2008.
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
B.S. Valparaiso University (1997)
Ph.D. The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2006)
Jill Stevenson is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts. She is the author of Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York (Palgrave, 2010) and co-editor of Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). She has published articles in various journals and collections, with her most recent article, “Embodying Sacred History: Performing Creationism for Believers,” appearing in the Spring 2012 issue of TDR: The Drama Review. Her next book, Sensational Devotion: Evangelical Performance in 21st-Century America, will be published by the University of Michigan Press this coming spring (2013).
Jill is active in various professional organizations, regularly organizing sessions and delivering conference papers. She is the Focus Group Representative for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)’s Religion and Theatre Focus Group, and served on ATHE’s 2011 and 2012 Conference Planning Committees. She chairs the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journal Research On Medieval and Renaissance Drama, and was recently elected to serve on the Executive Council of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) from 2012-2015.
Jill teaches courses in theatre history, including the two-semester Theatre History sequence and various upper-level seminars on topics such as Japanese Theatre and Medieval Performance. She is enthusiastic about introducing students to a contextualized theatre history and helping them to explore how theatre participates in larger political, social, and cultural economies. She also teaches regularly in the college’s first-year Writing Seminar program. During the 2012-13 academic year, Jill will serve as interim co-director of MMC’s Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence.
Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York (Palgrave, 2010).
Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (Boydell & Brewer, 2012).
Performance, Cognitive Theory, and Devotional Culture: Sensual Piety in Late Medieval York. Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance Series. New York: Palgrave, 2010.
Review of Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts, ed. Elina Gertsman (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008) Theatre Journal 61, no. 3 (October 2009): 491-2.
Review of Carol Symes, A Common Stage: Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. Theatre Journal 60.3 (2008): 513-4.
“Marymount Manhattan College’s Theatre Archives and Active Learning,” co-authored with Mary Elizabeth Brown, Metropolitan Archivist 16, no. 2 (Summer 2010), forthcoming.
“Review of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play,” Ecumenica: A Journal of Theatre and Performance 3, no. 2 (Fall 2010), forthcoming.
Review of Penny Granger, The N-Town Play: Drama and Liturgy in Medieval East Anglia (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2009), European Medieval Drama 15 (2011): forthcoming.
Review of “Oberammergau Passion Play 2010: Performance and Context,” Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief 7, no. 2 (July 2011), forthcoming.
“Embodied Enchantments: Cognitive Theory and the York Mystery Plays,” in Reflections on the York Mystery Plays, ed. Margaret Rogerson (under contract with York Medieval Press; projected publication, 2011).
“Rhythmic Liturgy, Embodiment, and Female Authority in Barking’s Easter Plays,” Barking Abbey: Authorship and Authority, eds. Jennifer Brown and Donna Bussell (under contract with Boydell & Brewer; projected publication, 2011).
Co-Organizer and Participant, working session entitled “Contaminating Bodies: The Threat of Women on Performative Display,” the American Society for Theatre Research 2010 Conference, Seattle, November 2010.
“Animating Medieval Material Culture with Cognitive Theory,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2010.
“Embodying Female Authority and Community in the Barking Easter Plays,” The Modern Language Association Convention, December 2009 (Organized session).
“Embodying Sacred History: The Creation Museum as Performance,” The Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2009 Conference, New York, August 2009 (Organized session).
“‘Living in the Blend’ of Medieval Performance: Then and Now,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2009 (Organized session).
“Performance and Cognitive Enchantment,” Symposium on Theatre and Cognitive Studies, University of Pittsburgh, February 27-March 1, 2009.
“Cognitive Crossings between Body and Mind: How Do We Really See Theatre?” 2008 Crossing Borders Conference at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York, October 2008.
“Cognitive Theory, Sensual Performance, and Rhythmic Texts,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2008.