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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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Linda Kalof
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
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Program: GJEC GDG
Email: lkalof(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral specialization in Animal Studies. She has published widely in animal studies, recently edited The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (Oxford University Press) and is series editor for The Animal Turn (Michigan State University Press). She has received two outstanding scholarship awards (the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title for A Cultural History of Animals 2008 and the ASA Outstanding Paper Award from the Animals and Society Section 2010) and three outstanding teaching awards (State University of New York, George Mason University, and Michigan State University). She has served on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council Committee review of the US wild horse and burro management program, and her current research, illustrating animals in popular science, has received funding from the National Science Foundation.

Sharon Ladenson
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: ladenson(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sharon Ladenson is MSU's Gender Studies and Communications Librarian. As a bibliographer, she is responsible for selecting materials in communication, telecommunication, and gender studies. She also provides specialized reference assistance and instruction in those areas. As a reference librarian, she provides general reference assistance to MSU faculty, students and staff. She also selects travel guides for the Main Library Reference collection. Please contact her to: Schedule an individual research consultation or demonstration of electronic resources, arrange a customized research instruction session and develop a course guide for your class, suggest additions to the MSU library's Women's and Gender Studies, LBGTQ, Communications and/or Telecommunications collections. Her research guides are available at here http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/prf.php?account_id=12198

Carole Gibbs
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: gibbsca1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Carole Gibbs is an associate professor at Michigan State University with a joint appointment in the School of Criminal Justice and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her research interests include environmental justice and corporate and white-collar crimes that harm the environment. She is one of the founding members of the Conservation Criminology research framework and certificate program.

Juliet Hess
College: Music
Department: Music Education
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: jlhess(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Juliet Hess is assistant professor of music education at Michigan State University's College of Music. Her prior experience includes an appointment as assistant professor of music education at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University with a dual appointment in the School of Education. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and secondary methods, foundations in music education, assessment in music education, and general music in the inclusive classroom. Hess received her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from the department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She received her masters and bachelors degree in music education from the University of Toronto. Hesss research interests include anti-oppression education, activism in music and music education, music education for social justice, and the question of ethics in world music study. Her doctoral thesis, Radical Musicking: Challenging Dominant Paradigms in Elementary Music Education, focused on the work of four elementary music teachers who strove to challenge dominant paradigms of music education in their classrooms. She performs as a freelance percussionist, choral musician, and drummer and dancer in Ghanaian performance groups. Her compositional focus is on works for choir and for solo voice and chamber ensemble. A vocal/chamber ensemble work called Cloths of Heaven: 5 Poems of William Butler Yeats was premiered in Toronto, Canada, in March 2015. Her published choral works are geared towards younger singers and are lyrical in nature.

Deanna Hurlbert
College: LBGT Resource Center
Department: LBGT Resource Center
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hurlber3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Deanna Hurlbert is the Director of the LBGT Resource Center at Michigan State University. In this role, she develops and implements educational and support programs to enhance student learning and wellness and serves as a diversity and multiculturalism consultant in the University community. She has served as a domestic and sexual violence survivor advocate and program coordinator and has professional experience in crisis intervention counseling. She worked as a public health training consultant for 15 years and has extensive experience as a presenter in the areas of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, domestic and sexual violence and substance abuse. Deanna is a proud Spartan alumni who earned a Bachelors Degree in Family and Community Services and a Certificate in Women's Studies here at MSU. She has also earned Masters degrees from Western Michigan University in Public Administration and Education. Dee is pleased to bring all of her education and experience into her work at the University.

Kelly Klump
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: klump(at)msu.edu

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Biography: The Klump lab studies the etiology of eating disorders with an emphasis on genetic and neurobiological risk factors. Dr. Klump is particularly interested in understanding developmental differences in these risk factors across adolescence and adulthood, with a particular emphasis on the role of gonadal hormones and comorbid traits (e.g., personality traits) and disorders (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders). She approaches these research questions using a translational scientific framework that includes both human and animal models of eating disorder development.

Laura Julier
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: julier(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laura Julier currently edits Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, an award-winning literary journal, and directs the undergraduate major in Professional Writing. She teaches courses in editing and publishing, grammar and style, environmental and place-based writing, and nonfiction. She was previously associate director of The Writing Center at MSU, where she worked extensively in professional development with faculty, consulting across campus on the teaching of writing. She directed the Faculty Writing Project for five years. Her publications include articles on service-learning and community-engaged pedagogies, on the narrative performance of the Clothesline Project, and on the rhetoric of gendered online voices. She received a Michigan Campus Compact Community Service Learning Award/Outstanding Faculty, and was a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow.

Steven Gold
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: gold(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Steven J. Gold is professor and associate chair in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Educated at Brandeis University, UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley, his interests include international migration, ethnic economies, ethnic community development and qualitative field methods. The past president of the International Visual Sociology Association, and past chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, Gold is the author, co-author or co-editor of seven books including Refugee Communities: A Comparative Field Study (Sage 1992); From The Workers State to The Golden State (Allyn and Bacon 1995); Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives with Rubn G. Rumbaut and Nancy Foner (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000); and Ethnic Economies with Ivan Light (Academic Press, 2000). The Israeli Diaspora (Routledge/University of Washington Press 2002) which won the Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the ASAs International Migration Section for the best book on international migration in 2003. The Store in the Hood: A Century of Ethnic Business and Conflict (Roman and Littlefield 2010) was published in 2010 and The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies with Professor Stephanie Nawyn (Routledge 2013).

Melanie Jacobs
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mjacobs(at)law.msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Jacobs joined the MSU College of Law faculty in 2002 and teaches Family Law: Child, Parent & the State; Decedents' Estates and Trusts; Property; and a seminar in Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law. In October 2008, she was a guest lecturer at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. For the 2006-07 year, Professor Jacobs was awarded a Michigan State University Lilly Teaching Fellowship. During the Fall 2004 semester, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where she taught Family Law and Property. Previously, Professor Jacobs served as a Freedman Fellow and a lecturer in law at Temple University School of Law. Her additional teaching experience includes two years as a clinical instructor for the Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School and as an adjunct instructor at the Boston University School of Law. While in the Boston area, Professor Jacobs also engaged in private practice with the firm of Witmer, Karp, Warner & Thuotte and served as counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division. Professor Jacobs has written articles and given numerous national and international presentations regarding the need to establish legal recognition for nontraditional families. She has argued in favor of preserving nonbiological parental relationships to foster the best interests of children and her current research and scholarship focuses on moving beyond biological bases of parental determination and recognizing multiple parents.

Michelle Kaminski
College: Social Science
Department: Human Resources and Labor Relations
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: mkaminsk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Michelle Kaminski, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. She works primarily in the area of labor education, teaching workshops for union members and leaders on a wide range of topics including labor law, stewards training, collective bargaining, union leadership, workplace bullying, communication skills, FMLA, and basic economics. Professor Kaminski received the 2010 Wurf Fellowship from the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School for her work on gender and union leadership. She is editor of the Labor Studies Journal, the top academic journal in labor education. Previously, she was a bargaining unit chair with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Local 35, now part of CWA. She also served as University Vice President (program chair) of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE).


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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