International Studies and Programs has named Stephanie Nawyn as co-director for academic programs, outreach, and engagement for the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), effective August 15. In this role, Nawyn will be responsible for developing and managing related academic programs, including the major and minor in women's and gender studies, the graduate specialization in gender studies, and the new LGBTQ minor. In addition, Nawyn will lead the center's outreach and engagement across campus and with community and women's organizations.
"Dr. Nawyn has established herself as an engaged scholar, a community leader, and an extraordinary role model for students," said Anne Ferguson, senior associate dean for International Studies and Programs and co-director for the Center for Gender in Global Context. "GenCen will not only benefit from her depth of experience and innovative thinking, but also her passion for the work."
Nawyn joined Michigan State University in 2006 and is associate professor of sociology. She is a core faculty member for GenCen and is also affiliate faculty for the Center for Forced Migration Studies at Northwestern University. Nawyn's research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and migration, with a focus on forced migration and the ways that structural inequalities inhibit incorporation. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Southern California.
Established in 2007, GenCen is located in International Studies and Programs (ISP) which serves as a hub for international programming and research on campus. The Center provides gender and women's studies expertise and leadership across MSU's mission of research, teaching, outreach and service. GenCen is headed by co-directors; a search is currently underway to fill the position of co-director for international research and engagement.