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Dr. Patricia Mathews-Salazar
Email: pmathews@bmcc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 220-1221
Room: S-642
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Ana Daniels
Email: adaniels@bmcc.cuny.edu
Phone: (212) 220-1370

Faculty

Chelsea Abbas, Adjunct

Johnnie Abreu, Adjunct

Rigoberto Andino, Adjunct

George Arevalo, Adjunct

Horace Brockington, Adjunct
Trained at Columbia University and Brown University, Professor Brockington is an art historian and a curator. Since 1973, he has organized exhibitions internationally and has worked for numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He regularly teaches African American Art.

Hsing Lih Chou, Adjunct
Professor Chou received his M.A., M.Ed., and Doctor of Education from Columbia University. His specialty is international educational development and Asian culture with an emphasis on China. He teaches Asian American History and Chinese Culture and Heritage.

Eleanor Drabo, Adjunct

Kristin Elliott-Hood, Assistant Professor
Zetta Elliott earned her PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2003. Her poetry has been published in the Cave Canem anthology, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Check the Rhyme: an Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees, and Coloring Book: an Eclectic Anthology of Fiction and Poetry by Multicultural Writers. Her novella, Plastique, was excerpted in T Dot Griots: an Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers, and her essays have appeared in Horn Book Magazine, The Black Arts Quarterly, School Library Journal, WarpLand and Hunger Mountain. Her first play, Nothing but a Woman, was a finalist in the Chicago Dramatists’ Many Voices Project (2006). Her fourth full-length play, Connor’s Boy, was staged in January 2008 as part of two new play festivals: in Cleveland, OH as part of Karamu House’s R. Joyce Whitley Festival of New Plays ARENAFEST, and in New York City as part of Maieutic Theatre Works’ Newborn Festival.Her one-act play, girl/power, was staged as part of New Perspectives Theater’s NYC festival of women’s work, GIRLPOWER, in 2008. Her award-winning picture book, Bird, was published in 2008. Her young adult novel, A Wish After Midnight, was released by AmazonEncore in February 2010. Her second novel, Ship of Souls, was published in February 2012. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Douglas Ficek, Adjunct

Millicent Freeman , Adjunct

John Paul Gonzalez, Adjunct
Professor González received his B.A. from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and M.A. from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and School of Education. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in History at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe. He teaches Puerto Rican Music; Puerto Rican Culture and Folklore; and History of Puerto Rico.

Kwasi Konadu, Associate Professor
Professor Konadu received his M.P.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Howard University. He is the author of Truth Crushed to the Earth will Rise Again (Africa World Press, 2005), and Indigenous Knowledge and Medicine in African Society (Routledge, 2007). Dr. Konadu's teaching and research interests focuses on cultural and social history, nationalism, and medicine in Africa and its Diaspora.

Patricia Mathews-Salazar , Professor
Professor Patricia Mathews-Salazar received her PhD from Yale University in 1997. Her work focuses in the South American Andes on issues of cultural heritage, indigenous and women’s rights, ethnicity and nationalism. Her forthcoming book “Between the Andes and Buenos Aires: The Uses of Indian and National Identity in Northwest Argentina” will be published by the University of Tucumán in Argentina in 2010. She teaches anthropology, human geography, Peoples and Cultures of Latin American and the Caribbean, and Roles of Women’s Studies at BMCC. She is also a member of the doctoral faculty in the Anthropology Department at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Jacqueline Modeste, Adjunct

Edmund Nkansah, Adjunct
Professor Nkansah received my B.A and M.A. (History) from College of Staten-Island, which is part of CUNNY. Currently, I teach Latin American (1500-present), African-American (1865-present), World Civilization (pre-history-modern), and Survey of African History at Essex Count College in the State of New Jersey.

Julio Ortiz, Adjunct

Segundo Pantoja, Assistant Professor
Professor Pantoja earned his M.A. in Latin American Studies from Queens College and his Ph.D. in sociology from The CUNY-Graduate Center. Some of the topics Professor Pantoja has been researching are education and religion among Latinos.

Michael Partis, Adjunct

Yadira Perez-Hazel,

Juan Carlos Polanco, Adjunct
Juan Carlos "J.C" Polanco received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and Master of Business Administration from the Fordham Graduate School of Business. He teaches the History of the Dominican Republic and has taught Political Science and History at the secondary and college levels for close to a decade. Polanco is interested in race relations in the Dominican Republic as well as its political economy. Prof. Polanco serves the NYS Assembly as the Minority Leader's NYC Regional Director and is a practicing attorney for Polanco Law.

Ceilia Salvatierra, Adjunct

Denise Santiago, Adjunct
Professor Santiago received her M.A. from New York University and Doctor of Arts from St. John’s University. Her teaching and research interests center around the African experience in the Spanish-speaking Americas and the U.S. mainland. She regularly teaches Puerto Rican Experience in Urban U.S. Settings and Puerto Rican Culture and Folklore. She is also a documentary filmmaker.

Andrew Smallwood, Assistant Professor
Professor Smallwood received his B.S and M.Ed. degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, certificate in Africana Studies from The National Council for Black Studies at Ohio State University and his Ed. D. from Northern Illinois University. His interests include interdisciplinary social science research in Africana Studies including African American history, culture, education, and leadership. He has published several articles in scholarly books and journals and is the author of An Afrocentric Study of the Intellectual Development, Leadership Praxis and Pedagogy of Malcolm X (Edwin Mellen Press, 2001) and co-editor of the book Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (Carolina Academic Press, 2008).

Dicxon Valderutten, Adjunct
Professor Valderutten received his M.A. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. He teaches Health Problems in Urban Communities.

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