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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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Sara Fingal

College: Lyman Briggs/Social Science
Department: Lyman Briggs/History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: sfingal(at)

Sara Fingal is an Assistant Professor who earned her MA and PhD in history from Brown University. Her work to date ties together urban and rural history with an analysis of landscapes and ecosystems that transcend municipal, state, and national boundaries throughout North America. Her principal research interests are environmental history, North American borderlands, social movements, the Great Lakes, science and society, race and gender in post-1945 U.S. society and culture, and the Pacific shoreline from Oregon to Baja California Sur, Mexico. Presently, Fingal is working on her research and teaching courses on environmental history and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. She has a dual appointment at Lyman Briggs College (75%) and the Department of History (25%). Her current book manuscript is focused on conflicts over access and property rights along the Pacific coastline in the mid-twentieth century. Additionally, she is researching abundant natural resource management and the role of women, children, and scientists in environmental toxicity controversies.

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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