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Wenda Bauchspies, Co-director for International Research and Engagement

wenda headshot.jpgWenda Bauchspies is co-director for international research and engagement for the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), effective January 1, 2018. She is responsible for providing intellectual and programmatic leadership in the area of research and engagement related to international gender studies while working collaboratively with faculty and other key university stakeholders.

Dr. Bauchspies is an interdisciplinary and international social scientist whose expertise lies in the integration of gender, social justice, and culture with agricultural research and technological adaptation. Focusing on West Africa, her interdisciplinary work has supported the advancement agricultural policies that assist smallholder farmers in the region and addresses the global issue of food security. Bauchspies is currently the program director for Science, Technology & Society and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she co-administers the infrastructure supporting research and education programs in science, technology, and society. She works with scholars in the field of ethical STEM and facilitates NSF's mission to advance innovative activities in research and education that contribute to the nation's technological strength, security, and welfare. She holds a PhD in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bauschpies CV/Resume

Stephanie Nawyn, co-director for academic programs, outreach, and engagement


nawyn.jpgStephanie Nawyn is co-director for academic programs, outreach, and engagement for the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen). In this role, Nawyn is 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 leads 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.

Nawyn CV/Resume [pdf]

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