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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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Angela Hall
College: Social Science
Department: Human Resources and Labor Relations
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: athall(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University, College of Law and her PhD from Florida State University, College of Business. She has previously been on the faculties of Florida State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Angela practiced law full-time. Her research interests include employee accountability and employee legal claiming. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels including business law, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and employee training and development. Angela has also authored learning modules and cases for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Claudia Holzman
College: Human Medicine
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Affiliation: Core
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Email: holzman(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Claudia Holzman, Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1976, her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota in 1986, and her PhD degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 1996. Dr. Holzman has been involved in reproductive and perinatal research, primarily focusing on the areas of preterm delivery, brain injury in neonates, birth defects, and vaginal infections. In 1999 Dr. Holzman was awarded the Teacher/Scholar award from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. Currently Dr. Holzman is a co-investigator of a T-32 training program that supports doctoral and post-doctoral trainees in perinatal/pediatric epidemiology. Dr. Holzman initiated the Pregnancy Outcomes and Community Health (POUCH) Study, which prospectively recruited 3,019 pregnant women in mid-pregnancy from 52 clinics in 5 Michigan communities (1998-2004). The POUCH Study was funded by two consecutive R01s from NICHD and additional support from NINR. The goals of this study are to identify pathways to preterm delivery (e.g. infection, maternal vascular disease) by assessing social and biologic factors. Psychosocial antecedents in the preterm pathways were measured at the individual (participant interview) and ecological (community/ neighborhood conditions and resources) levels. Biologic markers and mediators are being evaluated in maternal serum, plasma, vaginal fluid, urine, saliva, and hair collected at mid-pregnancy. In addition, the study focus includes a detailed examination of the delivered placenta, linking specific pathologic findings to various preterm delivery pathways. An add-on component to the POUCH Study funded an at-home protocol for collection and measurement of stress biomarkers and blood pressure. This portion was supported by a PERI grant, in which Dr. Holzman was one of six international investigators to be funded by the March of Dimes Foundation in their first preterm birth-focused initiative. Later funding for the POUCH Study was garnered from the Thrasher Research Foundation and Centers for Disease Control to support of additional biomarker investigations. Dr. Holzman has also conducted a three-stage investigation of the epidemiology of bacterial vaginosis (BV) in non-pregnant women that was funded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. The first study was a cross-sectional assessment of risk factors for BV in 498 women in the Greater Lansing Area. A second study consisted of small focus groups of women who had recurrent BV. A third pilot study was a small clinical trial of douching cessation designed to assess the effects of vaginal douching on changes in vaginal flora.

Jeanne Gazel
College: Student Affairs & Services
Department: MRULE (Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience)
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: gazeljea(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jeanne Gazel, Ph.D. is Director of the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE), an undergraduate race relations program dedicated to social justice at Michigan State University. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science, the African Studies Center, and the Center for Gender in Global Context. She specializes in race, class, gender, and intersectional analysis bridging theory and practice.

Erin Graham
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: egraham(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Graham's work in is the field of labor and working class migration, as well as women and gender, focusing on Latin American and Caribbean regions.

Brian Holcomb
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Center for Integrated Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: holcom31(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Holcomb's research interests include gender studies, queer theory, and narrative theory. His dissertation focused on western works (a study of wit as a queer narrative mechanism in the works of Oscar Wilde, PG Wodehouse, Anita Loos, and Dorothy Parker), and he has recently become interested in Chinese Modernism. At MSU, he teaches multidisciplinary classes that incorporate fiction, drama, and the visual arts to talk about culture. He is particularly interested in online education.

Jessica Johnson
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jmj(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University. Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent. In 2008, she founded African Diaspora, Ph.D., a blog highlighting scholars and scholarship in the field of Atlantic African diaspora history. She is also co-organizer (with Vanessa Holden) of the Queering Slavery Working Group. Her work in progress is a history of free women of African descent laboring, living, and traveling between eighteenth-century Senegal, Saint-Domingue, and Gulf Coast Louisiana.

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
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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.


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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