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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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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.

Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: spk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Sheryl Kubiak is a professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Kubiak's interests are the intersections of mental health, including substance abuse and criminal justice at individual and systems levels. More specifically, Dr. Kubiak is interested in women in the criminal justice system, cumulative trauma exposure and PTSD, and clinical and organizational processes associated with treatment.

Kenneth Harrow
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: harrow(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kenneth Harrow is Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University. He received a B.S. from M.I.T., a Masters in English from NYU and a Ph D in Comparative Literature also from NYU. His work focuses on African cinema and literature, Diaspora and Postcolonial Studies. He is the author of Thresholds of Change in African Literature (Heinemann, 1994), Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Womens Writing (Heinemann, 2002), and Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (Indiana U P, 2007). His latest work, Trash! A Study of African Cinema Viewed from Below, was be published by Indiana University Press in 2013. He has edited numerous collections on such topics as Islam and African literature (including Faces of Islam in African Literature,1991), African cinema (including African Cinema: Postcolonial and Feminist Readings, 1999), and women in African literature and cinema. He has published more than 50 articles and a dozen chapters. He has organized numerous conferences dealing with African literature and cinema. He served as President of the African Literature Association, and was honored with their first Distinguished Member Award. He has also been honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University. In 2011 he was awarded the Distinguished Africanist Award at the Toyina Falola Annual Conference, University of Texas.

LaShawn Harris
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: harri859(at)msu.edu

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Biography: LaShawn Harris is an Assistant Professor of History at MSU. Graduated from Howard University's Department of History in 2007, her research interests are 20th Century, Cultural, Labor and Working Class, Social, Urban, Women & Gender in the United States. She is the author of several published articles, including Madame Queen of Policy: Madame Stephanie St. Clair and African American Womens Participation in Harlems Informal Economy in Black Women, Gender & Families; Running with the Reds: African American Women and the Communist Party during the Great Depression in the Journal of African American History; Dream Books, Crystal Balls, and Lucky Numbers: African American Female Spiritual Mediums in Harlem, 1900-1945 in the Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, and Marvel Cooke: Investigative Journalist, Communist & Black Radical Subject in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism.

Meredith Gore
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources/Social Science
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife/Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: gorem(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Meredith Gore is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, a MA in Environment and Resource Policy from The George Washington University, and a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University. She is a social scientist working not only to improve the effectiveness of environmental governance but also reduce risk to people and the environment. Her work is motived by: 1) improving conservation social science methods, 2) generating knowledge for conservation problems, and 3) enhancing concepts of risk and their application to conservation. Currently, Dr. Gore teaches classes on Global Risks, Conservation and Criminology; Communication for Fisheries and Widllife Professionals; Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management; and Study Abroad in Madagascar.

John Kerr
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: jkerr(at)msu.edu

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Biography: John Kerr received his PhD in applied economics in 1990 at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 1999 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. His research interests are in international agricultural development and natural resource management. Focal areas of his research have been on adoption of agricultural technology and natural resource conservation practices, collective action and property rights related to natural resource management, and the interaction of these things with rural poverty in developing countries. He has lived in and conducted research in India, Mexico, and Egypt,, and conducted short term research in many other countries as well.

Songqing Jin
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: jins(at)msu.edu

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Biography:

Dr. Songqing Jin joined the faculty at the Michigan State University in August 2007. He is appointed in the tenure system. His research interests are in the broad areas of microeconomics of international agricultural development. The main part of his research has been focused on rural land tenure and rural land market issues in developing countries. His past and current research also concerns other development issues such as rural non-farm development, rural labor migration, rural governance and economics of gender inequality. He has conducted fieldwork and other research activities in East Asia, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa countries during the past several years. Before coming to MSU, he was a research economist in the World Bank.


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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