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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 18 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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Liz Abdnour
College: Office of Institutional Equity
Department: Office of Institutional Equity
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: abdnoure(at)msu.edu

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Liz Abdnour is a Senior Institutional Equity Investigator in the Office of Institutional Equity at Michigan State University. Previously, Liz worked as an Institutional Equity Coordinator in OIE and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and as an attorney in Michigan and Ohio, practicing in the areas of education, family, immigration, civil rights, and consumer law. Liz earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law and her B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

Nwando Achebe
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: achebe(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Nwando Achebe (pronounced: Wan-do Ah-chě-bě; [pronunciation key: ě as in pet]) is an award-winning author, professor of history, and Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA) for the College of Social Science. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the new Journal of West African History, published by Michigan State University Press; member of the African Studies Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors, and past co-convenor of ASA’s Women’s Caucus. She is convenor of the April 8-9, 2016 Journal of West African History International Launch Conference. Nwando Achebe’s research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria.

Adrienne Adams
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: adamsadr(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Adrienne Adams is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in community psychology. Over the past 10 years, she has evaluated local, state, and national domestic violence and sexual assault victim service programs, including the Department of Defense Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy Pilot Program. Dr. Adams is the Director of Evaluation for a large, urban non-profit organization that offers a wide array of supportive programs for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

John Aerni-Flessner
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: aernifl1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: John Aerni-Flessner earned a BA in History from Grinnell College in Iowa. He taught high school in rural Lesotho (a country in southern Africa) and in the Yup'ik Eskimo village of Kwethluk, Alaska before returning to graduate school. He earned a PhD in African and World History from Washington University in St. Louis and taught at SUNY Cortland in Upstate New York before coming to Michigan State. His main research focuses on how ordinary people grappled with the idea of independence in mid-20th century Africa, and how they came to terms with their changing relations to the state during the decolonization process. As a social historian, his classes tend to focus on big ideas like nationalism, slavery, sport/leisure, development, etc. and then examine how ordinary people interacted with these ideas, were changed by the ideas, and how they were able to change them in subtle ways.

Marcia Aldrich
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: aldrich(at)msu.edu

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Marcia Aldrich currently teaches creative writing at Michigan State University. From 2008 to 2011 she edited Fourth Genre, one of the premiere literary journals featuring personal essays and memoirs. She has received the Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Amoco Foundation and the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 2010 she was named Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan. She is the author of the free memoir Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton, selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series, and subsequently cited in Notable Twentieth Century American Literary Nonfiction, in The Best American Essays of The Century, edited by Joyce Carol Oates (Houghton Mifflin). Several of the memoir essays from Girl Rearing were selected for recognition as Notable Essays in the Best American Essay series.

Andrea Allen
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Center for Advanced Study of International Development
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: allenan9(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Allen has over 25 years of experience—as both development practitioner and researcher—assessing and co-creating inclusive approaches to economic development (based on gender, ethnicity, class, age), agribusiness, natural resource management and social justice. In her current work with the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), she teaches a seminar on Economic Development to visiting international Fellows, an online course on Gender and Development, and she contributes to program development for CASID and the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen). She holds a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology, with a Food Policy concentration, from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Allen’s research focuses on: the political ecology of agrifood systems and livelihoods in the context of globalization processes in Ecuador, Nicaragua, and most recently Rwanda and southwest Michigan; and the pedagogy of involving students in engaged, international research and development activities.

Stephanie Amada
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: amada(at)msu.edu

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A professor of writing and rhetoric at Michigan State University, Stephanie teaches in MSU's First-Year Writing Program and Professional Writing Program. In addition to teaching first-year writing, Stephanie Amada focuses on women's studies, and has done extensive research on hook-up culture, especially on college campuses. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Marilyn Amey
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: amey(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Marilyn Amey is a professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education and chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration. She studies educational partnerships, particularly those of community colleges, leadership, including how leaders learn, post-secondary governance and administration, and faculty concerns, including interdisciplinary academic work. Her current work focuses on education partnerships including a multi-year evaluation of a multiple- institutional interdisciplinary consortium and factors affecting student transfer and degree attainment.

Laura Apol
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: apol(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laura Apol is an associate professor of teacher education. Her research interests include literary theory and children's and adolescent literature, issues of diversity in children's and adolescent literature, critical reading and response to literature, and historical children's literature. Recent projects include using writing to facilitate healing among high school- aged orphans in post-genocide Rwanda, and publishing stories of Rwandan Tutsi genocide for children of Rwanda and of the world. She has co-edited a collection of poetry for children and, as a published writer and poet, she conducts creative writing workshops and classes for teachers and students on all levels.

Zarena Aslami
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: aslami(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Zarena Aslami's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Special areas of interest include empire, history and theory of the novel, feminism, psychoanalysis, and the digital humanities. She is the author of The Dream Life of Citizens: Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State (Fordham University Press, 2012), which explores how novels dramatized the feelings and fantasies of a liberal culture that was increasingly optimistic, as well as anxious, about the states capacity to step in and help its citizens achieve the good life. Her current book project, Sovereign Anxieties: Victorian Afghanistan and the Literatures of Empire, continues this line of inquiry, examining the affective content of political forms in a transnational context.


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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