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Faculty Directory

The Center for Gender in Global Context currently has more than 275 affiliated faculty members from throughout MSU's campus, across 17 colleges and more than 65 departments and offices.

The GenCen Faculty Directory can be sorted by Name, College, Department, and GenCen Affiliation. Affiliates can be Core, Consulting, GJEC, or GDG Faculty (some members may be both GJEC/GDG and Core or Consulting). Click here to jump to a short description of our Faculty Affiliations.

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Vanessa Holden

College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Email: holdenva(at)

Dr. Holden is an African Americanist whose work focuses on the experiences of women during slavery in the American South. She is particularly interested in the ways that race, class, gender, and sexuality shaped American history. Dr. Holden is also interested in the comparative study of resistance and rebellion throughout the African diaspora. Dr. Holden is working on a book length manuscript that focuses on the role of African American women and the role of community in the Southampton Rebellion (Nat Turners Rebellion). She is also working on article length pieces that engage the importance of including free people of color and African American children in the study of slave resistance.

What do our Faculty Affiliations Mean?

Core Faculty have a strong continuing professional focus on issues of women and gender in domestic, international, or global contexts, as demonstrated through research and teaching or other achievements. The Core Faculty supports the activities of GenCen and assists in developing and implementing its programs and activities, and are also eligible to serve on the GenCen Advisory Committee.

Consulting Faculty, while having a professional interest in issues of women and gender in domestic, international, or global contexts and activities of the GenCen, usually do not have these interests as the main focus of their research. 

GDG (Gender, Development and Globalization) Faculty will also be either Core or Consulting Faculty and have specific expertise and interest in gender and international development.

GJEC (Gender, Justice and Environmental Change) Faculty may also be either Core or Consulting Faculty, though that is not a requirement. GJEC Faculty are dedicated to teaching and scholarship related to intersections of gender, environmental change, and social and environmental justice; examining these issues from both local and global perspectives.

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