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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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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.

Vanessa Holden
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: holdenva(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Holden is an African Americanist whose work focuses on the experiences of women during slavery in the American South. She is particularly interested in the ways that race, class, gender, and sexuality shaped American history. Dr. Holden is also interested in the comparative study of resistance and rebellion throughout the African diaspora. Dr. Holden is working on a book length manuscript that focuses on the role of African American women and the role of community in the Southampton Rebellion (Nat Turners Rebellion). She is also working on article length pieces that engage the importance of including free people of color and African American children in the study of slave resistance.

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.

Christopher Grobbel
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC
Email: grobbelc(at)msu.edu
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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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.

Joan Howarth
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: howarth(at)law.msu.edu

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Joan served on sabbatical in 2016-17, and served as dean of the Law College from 2008-2016. Prior to her deanship, she was a professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, since 2001. There she was named William S. Boyd Professor of Law in 2003 and was instrumental in building the Boyd School of Law, founded just a decade ago, serving for four years as associate dean and helping to establish Boyd's early and strong national reputation. Most recently she has taught courses on foundations of law, constitutional law and on gender, and a Capital Defense Clinic. The scholarship for which she is most known focuses on gender and the death penalty. She is a leader in legal education through work with the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, and the Society of American Law Teachers.

Heather Howard
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: howardh(at)msu.edu

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Biography:

My research examines the processes through which authoritative forms of knowledge around identity, responsibility and choice are produced; how these structure gendered and racialized inequities; and how these are historicized, contested and reconfigured in cultural, social service, and healthcare delivery organizations. My research is conducted in the U.S. and Canada, and focuses on minority populations, especially Indigenous peoples, where understanding of these processes has significant policy and applied implications, for example increasing autonomy and improving healthcare experience. My current research projects examine chronic illness management in primary care practices, Indigenous community-based healthcare provider organizations, and in a metabolic clinic which combines treatments of diabetes with obesity. My work critically examines the biomedical constructs of chronic disease, which obscure interrogations of the causal links and associations between society, economy, polity and the distribution of outcomes of disease.


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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