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Meet the Staff

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Stephanie Nawyn, Co-Director for Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement

Stephanie Nawyn

Co-Director for Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement

I oversee the Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate curriculum and the WGS graduate specialization, collaborate with amazing staff and faculty doing gender- and sexuality-related programming on and off campus, and ask the interns how to work my phone.  I did my doctoral work at the University of Southern California, and starting working at MSU in 2006.  When I'm not at the GenCen, I am an associate professor in Sociology doing work on gender and migration.

I have a cat, Suleiman the Magnificent, names after the great Ottoman Sultan, and a beagle mix dog, Kirby, names after the Nintendo video game.

Favorite things to talk about:
My research, feminist epistemology, my kids, and whatever I'm watching on Netflix.

If you had any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
Something involving food preparation, even though the hours are terrible.


Wenda Bauchspies, Co-Director of International Outreach and Engagement

Wenda Bauchspies

Co-Director of GenCen for International Research and Engagement 

Bio: I share the responsibility of guiding, leading, and running the GenCen with mCo-
Director, while I focus on the research, engagement and international side of the 
center. I am a social scientist trained in science and technology studies with an affinity
for Francophone West Africa.  I have been traveling, researching and living around the
world since I completed my bachelors at St. John's College.

Favorite thing to talk about:
Social Theory

If you had any career other than the one you currently have, what would it be?
Arborist or Ophthalmologist

Top 5 things I'd like to see in the future:
1. A safe and respectful university
2. Good global healthcare
3. Unpolluted Earth
4. Respectful communities
5. Instantaneous Travel

Amy Jamison, Associate Director

Amy Jamison
Associate Director

I am responsible for leading the GenCen's efforts to promote global
gender-related research and outreach at Michigan State University. I act as
GenCen's liaison with similarly oriented women's and gender studies, 
international development, and global studies programs outside of MSU. I also 
work with center-affiliated faculty across campus to advance ISP's and MSU's
gender-related international research on topics such as agriculture, food, and 
development; natural resource management; health and nutrition; higher 
education capacity building; gendered violence; and empowerment strategies. 
Before becoming the interim co-director in 2017, I was GenCen's assistant director
and grant writer.  I am a gender and education specialist with Masters degrees in
African Studies and African History from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from MSU.

Favorite things to talk about:
Social justice issues, international research, African universities, women's leadership,
sci-fi/fantasy TV shows, Spartan basketball, traveling, and quilting.

If you had any career other than the one your have, what would it be?
An archaeologist, a full-time quilter, or someone who plans
off-the-beaten-path international tours.

Fun Fact:
I'm obsessed with African fabrics and have acquired a fairly large collection.

Greg Frens, Fiscal Officer

Gregory (Greg) Frens

Fiscal Officer

Graduate of MSU in Accounting 1986. Best experience at MSU: Overseas study program in Business Law at Eramus University in Rotterdam in 1985. I have never stopped traveling since the ISP experience. Retired from MDOT at the State of Michigan. Recently accepted Cathy Fields' old position as the Fiscal Officer. Excited to be working here and committed to helping the GenCen find new revenue streams and grow!

Top 5 Beaches of the World (in no particular order):
1. Bali
2. Amalfi Coast
3. Oahu
4. Rio de Janeiro (been there!!)
5. Maui

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
Old AT&T commercials that make you cry.

If you had any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
Travel reviewer (Love the travel part, just not the writing part.)

Emily Khan, Secretary

Emily Khan

I graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Advertising in May 2015. I am excited about joining the GenCen team and expanding my skill set, particularly in event planning.

2 kitties - Snickerdoodle and Han Rolo

Favorite things to talk about:
My husband (Salim), my kitties, or whatever TV show I'm currently binge-watching on Netflix. :)

Top 5 Musicians/Bands:
1. Rise Against
2. Three Days Grace
3. Linkin Park
4. Justin Timberlake
5. Fall Out Boy

Sara Bijani, GenCen Undergraduate Student Advisor and Internship Coordinator

Sara Bijani

Undergraduate Advisor

I advise the undergraduate majors and minors in the center as well as coordinate internship placements for students who are interested in learning more about how gender studies can be applied to hands-on research and work.

I have an old dog, and old cat, and two rabbits who all bounce around in my house and get along with one another.

Favorite thing to talk about:
Everything. I especially enjoy learning about the interests and goals of all of the students who come in for advising.

If you had any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
Union organizing

Rowenn Kalman, Graduate Advisor

Rowenn Kalman

Assistant Professor and Graduate Student Advisor

I recently earned a PhD in Anthropology with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (MSU 2017). My dissertation, titled “Environmental Stewardship and the Production of Subjectivities: Indigenous, Scientific, and Economic Rationalities in Ancash, Peru,” examines how NGOs, rural farmers, mine engineers, and various state officials conceptualize and enact different versions of environmental consciousness as they attempt to assert authority over key resources like water. My principal case study of resource management in Vicos, Peru, illustrates the complexities of stewardship participation resulting from (and giving rise to) different aspects of multifaceted subjectivity including gender, indigeneity, economic incentives, and environmental science. I worked alongside NGO and civil society groups in the Andes while conducting this research, and look forward to developing future collaborations as I disseminate my findings. As GenCen's Graduate Student Advisor, I assist students in creating plans of study that increase their expertise on Gender and Environment (GJEC) and/or International Development (GSID). I also teach introductory and upper-division courses in Anthropology and Women’s Studies with a focus on Cultural Anthropology, Gender, International Development, Political Ecology, and Latin America (e.g., ANP 201, WS 403, and ANP 325).

I don't have any pets, but my daughter sometimes pretends to be a puppy.

Fun Fact:
On weekends I like to draw and paint.


Kelly Birch Maginot, GPID Working Papers Managing Editor

Kelly Birch Maginot

Managing Editor, Gendered Perspectives on International Development (GPID) Working Papers

I am the managing editor of the GPID Working Papers. I recruit new papers, lead the review process, and work with authors and the GPID Editorial Board to publish original research on gender and international development. I love my position, because it allows me to learn about a wide range of topics related to gender, sexuality, and development around the world. I am also a 2017-2018 RCAH Graduate Fellow and a doctoral candidate in sociology at Michigan State University, and I am finishing my dissertation about the experiences of deported Salvadorans after their forced return to El Salvador.

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
McDonald's breakfast

5 Great Places to Visit in Michigan:
1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
2. Sleeping Bear Dunes
3. The MSU Library
4. Tahquamenon Falls State Park
5. South Haven

Fun Fact:
Before I started my graduate degree in sociology, I taught middle school for three years.

Rebecca Cox, Undergraduate Intern

Rebecca Cox

Undergraduate Intern

I'm a sophomore studying Social Relations and Policy with minors in LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and Public Relations.

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
Imitating the announcement “please watch your step as you exit the moving walk” in airports.

If you had any career other than the one you're planning to have, what would it be?
I'd be a Tour Manager for a musician.

Top 5 Albums of 2017:
1. Gone Now - Bleachers
2. Melodrama - Lorde
3. About U - MUNA
4. Something To Tell You - HAIM
5. American Teen - Khalid

Reese Haller, Undergraduate Intern

Reese Haller

Undergraduate Intern

I am pursuing a dual degree in Women's and Gender Studies and in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, as well as a minor in Philosophy. I am also a Resident Assistant, Service Center Representative, and RCAH Ambassador. At the GenCen I work on faculty foci and tracking academic strengths and weaknesses in GenCen's class and research topic areas, as well as assist GenCen staff with any task they need help with.

Top 5 Things I Want Right Now:
1. More board games!
2. Some delicious sushi
3. Star Wars Legos
4. A blu-ray re-release of the original cut of Star Wars A New Hope
5. Social Justice

If you had any career other than the one you're planning to have, what would it be?
I would probably choose to be a Lego designer for Star Wars Lego sets.

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
Dungeons & Dragons. Its not that much of a secret though...

Marisa Meyerson, Undergraduate Intern

Marisa Meyerson

Undergraduate Intern

I am a Psychology major with minors in Women's and Gender Studies and Religious Studies. After graduating, I plan to pursue a career in clinical social work, doing family therapy with a focus on gender and sexuality. At GenCen, I work on our website and social media, create promotional materials for events, and help with special projects. Most recently, I helped coordinate GenCen's 2017 Undergraduate Research Showcase.

I don't have any pets of my own, but two of my roommates have cats. One is very social and thinks she's a dog, and the other one has really bad anxiety and will run away if she has to make eye contact with a human.

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
It's really not a secret but I love corgis. Someday I'd like to have two, named Nigel and Miranda after characters in The Devil Wears Prada.

If you had any career other than the one you're planning to have, what would it be?
I love baking and cake decorating, and I would love to do that professionally! 

Olivia Vaden, Undergraduate Intern

Olivia Vaden

Undergraduate Intern

I am pursuing a degree in Public Policy and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. As an intern at the GenCen, I help with updating our website and social media accounts, along with promoting our events around campus and within the community. One of the most recent projects I have been working on is the GenCen's Women's and Gender Studies Academic Resource Directory. When finished, the WGS Academic Resource Directory will be an accessible tool for our faculty to gather academic materials to use with their classes.

Top 5 Favorite Movies:
1. Space Jam
2. Inside Man
3. The Lion King
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
5. Remember the Titans

Favorite things to talk about:
I LOVE to talk about sports! I am a devoted Spartan Basketball fan and am sure we will make it to a championship game again soon!

If you had any career other than the one you're planning to have, what would it be?
I would love to be an astronaut. Mae Jemison was/is someone I have always looked up to and following in her footsteps would be amazing.

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