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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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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
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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
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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).

Rena Harold
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: haroldr(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rena Harold is a professor and Associate Director of the School of Social Work. Rena's interests are in family and development, including socialization practices of parents and teachers. Rena also has an interest in lesbian parent families, the impact of IT on adolescent development, and practice research, including program evaluation and using qualitative methodology.

Robert Glew
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Center for Advanced Study of International Development
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: glew(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Robert Glew is the director of the Center for Advanced Study of International Development and associate professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Glew has 25 years of experience working in African societies on issues of international development in the areas of coping and livelihood strategies, health, political and social change, education, and identity politics. He has taught courses on international development, cultural change, and socio-cultural diversity.

Salah Hassan
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: hassans3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: In addition to his position in English, Salah Hassan is core faculty in the Muslim Studies Program and in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities at MSU. His areas of research and teaching include postcolonial literature and theory, mid-20th century anticolonial intellectual movements, literatures of empire, and Arab and Muslim North American studies. His research projects have recently been oriented around the representation of Arabs and Muslims in the media and also projects of Arab and Muslim self-representation. He is the founder of the Muslim Subjects website and blog (muslimsubjects.org), and coordinator of the following projects on that site: "Migrations of Islam," "American Halal," and "Journal/Islam." Muslim Subjects was established with grant that he received from the Social Science Research Council in 2011. He co-curated RASHID & ROSETTA, an international online art exhibit on the theme of the Rosetta Stone, and is co-editor of a special issue of MELUS (Winter 2006) on Arab American literature. He co-produced the short documentary film, "Death of an Imam" and is currently producing a series of documentary films on Muslims in the US.

Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: kutnjak(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. She holds a doctorate in criminology (PhD, University of Delaware) and a doctorate in law (SJD, Harvard University). Her research focuses on comparative and international criminology, criminal justice, and law. Prof. Kutnjak Ivkovich is the author of Reclaiming Justice: The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Local Courts (Oxford University Press, 2011; co-authored with John Hagan), The Fallen Blue Knights: Controlling Police Corruption (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Lay Participation in Criminal Trials (1999). She is the co-author with Carl Klockars and Maria R. Haberfeld of Enhancing Police Integrity (Springer, 2006), and co-editor with Carl Klockars and Maria Haberfeld of Contours of Police Integrity (Sage, 2004), which received American Society of Criminology International Division Honorable Mention. Prof. Kutnjak Ivkovich's work has appeared in leading academic and law journals, such as the Law and Society Review; Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; Criminology and Public Policy; Law and Policy; Stanford Journal of International Law; Cornell International Law Journal; Policing and Society; Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management; Police Quarterly. She has served as Vice Chair (2009-2011) and Chair (2011-2013) of the ACJS International Section and is the co-founder of the Law and Society Association Collaborative Research Network on Lay Participation. Prof. Kutnjak Ivkovich is currently serving as the Chair of the ACJS International Section G. O. W. Mueller Award Committee, the Chair of the Croatian American Bar Association Vinodol Award Committee, a member of the ASC-DIC Student Paper Award Committee, an Executive Counselor of the ACJS International Section, a member of the 2014 ASC Organizing Committee, and a member of the International Criminal Justice Review Editorial Board.


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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