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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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Andrea Louie
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: louie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Andrea Louie, an Associate Professor of Anthropology, has conducted research exploring how ideas constructed around Chineseness as a racial and cultural identity have been reworked as transnational processes bring Chinese from different parts of the world into contact with one another. She is interested in using multi-sited ethnography to examine relationships between globalization and the continued importance of native origins and place for the rooting of identities.

Ann Mongoven
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Religious Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: mongove2(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I am fascinated by the nexus of religion, culture, and science in health care. I am also committed to enabling a diverse public to engage robustly in related policy-making. My research interests are shaped by experiences in institutional, state, and national policy forums as well as by scholarly influences: serving on a hospital ethics committee and a state review board for research on human subjects; working on the staff of a congressional commission addressing Medicare reform; and serving on a panel conducting national hearings on the allocation of scarce transplant organs. Currently I am the MSU director of a joint UM-MSU grant from the National Institutes of Health that develops community engagements to inform ethical policy-making for biobanking. (Biobanks are research repositories of human biological tissue samples.)

Brendan Mullan
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mullan(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Brendan Mullan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from the Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Mullan has served as founding Executive Director of the MSU Dubai Campus in the United Arab Emirates, as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Social Science (with responsibility for all undergraduate academic and student affairs in twelve disciplinary and professional departments and schools in the social, behavioral and economic sciences), and as Acting Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in the College of Social Science (with responsibility for the core curriculum for undergraduate general education in the social sciences at MSU). In 2006, Dr. Mullan was a fellow with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program (CIC-ALP). At MSU, Dr. Mullan directed the Michigan Databases and Policy Analysis Unit (1992-1998), providing statistical information, in-depth research analysis and reports and policy analysis for local governments, state government departments, nonprofit organizations, and local communities. Dr. Mullan is the author-editor of 3 books and over 80 scholarly and policy-related publications, presentations and reports on demography, community development, and international migration, and public policy. He has served as primary consultant to the Swedish International Development Agency on their Migration and Community Development in Southern Albania program and variously as consultant to the World Health Organization (2002-04), to the Michigan Department of Community Health (1998-2002), and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (1994-1996). In 2009 he was an invited participant to the inaugural World Innovation Summit ion Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar. His current research focuses on the socio-economic, socio-demographic, and socio-cultural dynamics of globalization, the causes, content, and consequences of international migration, and the interplay between globalization and migration. Dr. Mullan is an active participant in the American Sociological Associations sections on International Development and on International Migration. At MSU he is actively involved with the Center for Russian and European Studies and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development.

Alice Mwanda
College: Nursing
Department: Nursing
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: mwandaal(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Mwanda's areas of scholarship and expertise include improving health outcomes of underserved and vulnerable populations locally and internationally. Her scholarship expertise includes healthcare access, health disparities, health literacy, health promotion, Global Health research on women and pediatric populations, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sheila Maxwell
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: maxwel22(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sheila Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on understanding the cultural and structural dimensions of offending behaviors and attitudes towards law and sanctioning. She is also interested in applying western-based theories and methodologies in non-western samples. Within these frameworks, Dr. Maxwell has conducted studies both within the United States and in international settings. Within the United States, Dr. Maxwell has examined such areas as the efficacy of court-mandated intervention programs, particularly the structure and effects of sanctioning within these programs. Outside the United States Dr. Maxwell uses western theories and methodologies to examine contexts of antisocial behaviors among Filipino youth, the structure of crime mitigation in slum intervention programs, and the utility of life-history techniques in understanding risk-taking and insurgency participation. She has received funding for her projects from local, state and federal sources including Michigan State University and the State of Michigan, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars of the U.S. State Department. She had published in various academic journals including Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry and Qualitative Review. Dr. Maxwell was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the Philippines in 2004, and was a pre-doctoral fellow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Development Research Institutes Inc. before coming to Michigan State University.

Assefa Mehretu
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mehretu(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Mehretu received a Ph.D. in geography from The Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Ethiopia, he has taught and conducted research in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, and Zimbabwe. Prior to coming to Michigan State University, he served at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia as assistant professor in the Department of Geography and later became chairperson of that department. He also served as Director of the Institute of Development Research at Addis Ababa University for four years. Dr. Mehretu has been with Michigan State University since 1977 during which time he has served as associate director of the African Studies Center and professor of geography. He has directed the Rome Social Science Program in Italy since 1992. He has held research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, and various MSU research grants which have enabled him to fund sabbaticals and field work in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe . He has also served as a consultant for USAID and the World Bank with field work in Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau. His research interests lie in African development, regional development and theories and patterns of socioeconomic marginalization in the U.S. with particular reference to Michigan. In recent years, Dr. Mehretu has taught courses in world geography, regional development, economic geography, location theory and integrative studies in social science. His research publication interests continue to focus on African development, poverty and socioeconomic marginalization in poor and rich nations. He has published books, chapters, journal articles, and segments for various encyclopedias.

Carolyn Loeb
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: loeb(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Carolyn Loeb is an art and architectural historian interested in arts complex and multi-voiced (and sometimes zany) dialogue with social realities. She joined the RCAH after teaching for many years in the art department at Central Michigan University, where her courses focused on modern and contemporary art, women and art, and modern architecture. In 1994 she taught in the Midwest Consortium for Study Abroads Vienna Program, where the city itself was the classroom. Carolyn's research focuses on themes in architectural history. Her interest in housing is reflected in Entrepreneurial Vernacular: Developers Subdivisions in the 1920s (Johns Hopkins Press, 2001) as well as in work on the municipal housing of Red Vienna. Recently she has been studying aspects of redevelopment in reunified Berlin. She has written on housing in East Berlin, planning decisions in the zone where the Wall formerly stood, redevelopments theoretical and historical underpinnings, and the relationship of contemporary public sculpture in Berlin to urban history, public space, memory, and redevelopment.

Deborah Margolis
College: MSU Libraries/International Studies and Programs
Department: MSU Libraries/Muslim Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: deborahm(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Deborah J. Margolis is Middle East Studies & Anthropology Librarian at the MSU Libraries. She began working as library liaison to the MSU Muslim Studies Program in 2011. Deborah earned an M.L.S. from Syracuse University School of Information Studies and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Boston. Deborah is responsible for developing library collections in Middle East area studies, Muslim Studies, Jewish Studies and Anthropology, and for teaching students to use and critically examine information resources in these areas. Research: Deborah works on community engagement, including organizing events and curating exhibits at the MSU Libraries related to Muslim Studies. Her research guides are available at http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/prf.php?account_id=10360

Dennis Martell
College: Olin Health Center
Department: Olin Health Center
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: martell1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dennis Martell is an expert on student health issues. He counsels students on some of the most important issues of college life: stress, sex and pregnancy prevention, alcohol and tobacco use, mental health and nutrition.

Georgina Montgomery
College: Social Science
Department: History/Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: montg165(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery received her PhD in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. After teaching for two years at Montana State University, she joined Lyman Briggs College (75% appointment) and History (25% appointment) in the fall of 2008. Her research focuses on the history of field science, particularly the development of field methods and sites within primatology and animal behavior studies. Primatology is an international science and therefore her research also engages with issues of race, gender and globalization. Georgina M. Montgomery organized the international and interdisciplinary conference Animals: Past, Present and Future in April of 2009. Ten of the fifty-three papers presented at that conference are included in the volume, Making Animal Meaning, which Montgomery co-edited with Linda Kalof, Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Montgomerys other publications include articles for the Journal for the History of Biology and Endeavour, book chapters for Teaching the Animal and a chapter on Darwin and Gender for the Cambridge University Press encyclopedia on Darwin. Montgomery also has a book manuscript (in progress) entitled, Primates in the Real World: Making Primatology Scientific.


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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