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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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Elizabeth Mittman
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: mittman(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Liz Mittman's teaching and research interests include East German and postsocialist studies, film and visual culture, autobiography and life writing, memory cultures, and gender studies. She has published articles and review essays in Signs, Seminar, Monatshefte, German Politics and Society, the Women in German Yearbook, and Foreign Language Annals. She is currently completing a book project on gender, voice, and the search for "authenticity" in representations of the German Democratic Republic. An emerging new project explores the relationship between music and cultural memory in post-Holocaust German and American contexts. She has served on the editorial board of the German Quarterly and was lead organizer of the Women in German annual national conference, 2009-2011. Liz is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the German program.

John Metzler
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: African Studies Center
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: metzler(at)msu.edu

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Biography: John Metzler has directed outreach programming for the African Studies Center since 1987. In this capacity he has worked with K-16 educators in Michigan, throughout the Midwest, and nationally on effectively integrating African humanities and social sciences into their curricula. Issues of peace, justice, human rights, and socio-economic development are central in these endeavors. John holds an adjunct position in the MSU Department of Teacher Education. In this capacity he has worked closely with the under-graduate pre-service global cohort program that seeks to engage students the integration of global themes across the teaching curriculum. Since 1993 John as co-led or led a six-credit summer study abroad program in Southern Africa Education, Society and Learning in Southern Africa. This program intentionally addresses issues of peace, justice, and human rights through its curriculum and by engaging students in service-learning projects. John has worked in Southern and Eastern Africa since 1972 and earned his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sheng-Mei Ma
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mash(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Facetiously dubbing himself Made in Taiwan for the U.S.A., Sheng-Mei Ma is a Chinese who has never stayed in China longer than one month in each visit, a Taiwanese who cannot speak the Taiwanese dialect, and an American whom mainstream Americans may view as perennially alien. A classic Asian Diasporic, Ma is Taiwanese to Chinese, waishen ren (mainlander) to Taiwanese, and perhaps Oriental to his fellow Americans. This background accounts for his specialization in Asian Diaspora/Asian American studies and East-West comparative studies, as well as for his persistent analysis of cultural marginality in five scholarly books in English to date: Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture: Asia in Flight (Routledge); Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity (Purdue University Press); East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora (University of Hawaii Press);The Deathly Embrace: Orientalism and Asian American Identity (University of Minnesota Press, supported by the Rockerfeller Fellowship); and Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (State University of New York Press). In addition to these works, he has published the following: a collection of his Chinese poetry, Sanshi zuoyou (Thirty, Left and Right), Chenmo de shanhen (Silent Scars: History of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military A Pictorial Book, bilingual edition), and numerous articles and book chapters. His current book project continues this trajectory in the study of Diaspora manifested in literature, film, and global culture.

Kelly Morrison
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: morris15(at)msu.edu

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Research interests include interpersonal persuasion, health, and gender. Have been teaching at MSU since 1991 when began graduate career. Teaching awards include; University Excellence in Teaching Citation for Graduate Instructors, Lilly Teaching Fellow, and Mid-Michigan Alumni Club Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Ruben Martinez
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: mart1097(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Ruben O. Martinez is professor of sociology and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. His research interests include neoliberalism and Latinos, diversity leadership in higher education, institutional and societal change, education and ethnic minorities, youth development, Latino labor and entrepreneurship, and environmental justice issues. Dr. Martinez is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with the Michigan State University Press. He has three co-authored books: Chicanos in Higher Education (1993), Diversity Leadership in Higher Education (2007), and A Brief History of Cristo Rey Church in Lansing, MI (2012). His edited volume on Latinos in the Midwest was published in 2011, and his co-edited volume on Latino College Presidents: In Their Own Words was published in 2013. A co-edited volume on Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Needs and Directions is forthcoming from the American Psychological Association.

Collette Moser
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: moser(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Moser jointed the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics in 1971. Her research and outreach interests include labor economics and labor relations; wage determination; occupational education; labor laws; unions, collective bargaining; discrimination; poverty; public employment; occupational segregation; employment and training programs and policies; public employment; expansion of jobs in Michigan; rural employment and training issues; social security and welfare programs; women's centers and displaced homemakers; comparable worth; rural economic development especially in terms of Michigan; off-farm employment of farmers

Jason Merrill
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: merril25(at)msu.edu

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Jason Merrill is a Professor of Russian at Michigan State University and has served as the Director of the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman School of Russian since 2010. His literary research continues to focus on the Russian Symbolist author Fedor Sologub in the context of the Symbolist movement, examining questions of influence, plagiarism, and play with intertextuality in his works.

Kathryn McEwen
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mcewenk(at)msu.edu

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Kathryn McEwen is a fixed-term Assistant Professor of German and core faculty in Center for Gender in Global Context. Her research interests center on 18th- to 21st-century German-language literature and culture, particularly questions of gender, embodiment, and alternative forms of cultural production. She regularly teaches second- and third-year German, as well as courses in the Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities program.

Sandy Marquart-Pyatt
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology/Environmental Science and Policy Program
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Program: GJEC
Email: marqua41(at)msu.edu

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Sandy Marquart-Pyatt is a comparative researcher with substantive interests in environmental sociology, quantitative methodology, political sociology, and comparative social change. I specialize in the application of advanced quantitative techniques to pressing global social issues related to the environment and politics including environmental concern, sustainability, and democratic values.

Maria Lopez
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
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Program: GJEC
Email: mlopez(at)msu.edu

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Maria Claudia Lopez is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. Her research uses multiple methods, including field experiments from behavioral economics, institutional analysis, econometrics, ethnography, and participatory research, to understand how rural communities can collaborate successfully in the management of commonly held natural resources. She has done research in Colombia, Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, USA, Bolivia and Uganda.


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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