International Studies & Programs

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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Laurie Medina
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: medina(at)msu.edu

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Laurie Medina is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her research integrates issues in economic development, environmentalism, and indigenous rights. Her research on agricultural development in Belize links the construction and mobilization of collective identities to negotiations over development priorities and agendas. Her work on ecotourism in Belize focuses on efforts to combine economic development with conservation goals, as these intersect with struggles over indigenous rights to land. Dr. Medina's current project explores the complex negotiations involved in implementing ecotourism in several Mopan Maya villages in the tropical forests of southern Belize.

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

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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.

Ellen Moll
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Center for Integrated Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mollelle(at)msu.edu

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I am interested in humanistic and interdisciplinary approaches to studying science. Areas of interest include interdisciplinary pedagogy, cultural studies of science, technology and society, gender and science, ethnicity and science, and epistemologies of science. My doctoral dissertation theorized ways that the humanities and sciences might interact to create new directions in socially engaged, transdisciplinary research and teaching practices. At MSU, I work in Curriculum Development for IAH, and I would be interested in developing general education courses that help students bridge scientific and humanistic ways of knowing. I would also be interested in contributing to research projects that engage with humanistic approaches to science, that study interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity, that consider how science education might interact with humanities education (science in the humanities classroom and/or humanistic or ethical subject matter in science education), or that draw on the work of theorists such as Haraway, Barad, Latour, Bowker and Starr, or other STS and humanistic approaches to science.

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.

Patricia Obando Solano
College: Human Medicine
Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: PATRICIA.OBANDO(at)HC.MSU.EDU
Judy Pugh
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pugh(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Judy Pugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, as well as a Core Faculty Member of the Asian Studies Center and Muslim Studies Program. Her research interests include medical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, anthropology of religion, traditional medicine, Hinduism, Islam, and South Asia.

Rocio Quispe-Agnoli
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: quispeag(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is a Professor of (Post) Colonial Latin American Studies, she is also affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies Program and core faculty of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Gender Studies in a Global Context. She has directed theCenter for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities from fall 2007 until fall 2010. Professor Quispe-Agnoli is also a creative writer and has received three awards for her short fiction (La Regenta 1998, Atenea 1999 and Ana María Matute 1999). In 2012 she received the MSU Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. In 2013 the Embassy of Peru in the United States acknowledged her as Peruvian Woman of the Year for her academic and literary contributions.

Gary Schnakenberg
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC
Email: schnake2(at)msu.ed

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Biography: Gary Schnakenberg's areas of interest include nature-society studies, critical cultural geographies of agriculture, and undergraduate education.

Dawn Pysarchik
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Advertising and Public Relations
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pysarchi(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Dawn I. Pysarchik holds a dual appointment as a Professor in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing and an Associate Dean in International Studies and Programs (ISP) at Michigan State University (MSU). As an MSU faculty member, she teaches an upper division course in international procurement and product development and a graduate course in international consumer behavior in the Retailing program. She is involved in ongoing international and comparative research studies of market development, consumer behavior and buyer-supplier relationships. She has received funding for various marketing and consumer research projects in India, Korea and Mexico. Pysarchik is a frequent presenter at international research conferences and publishes in a variety of research and professional journals.

As ISP Associate Dean, Dr. Pysarchik regularly works with academic and support units at MSU, as well as institutions nationally and internationally, to develop and expand their strategic international initiatives in research, teaching, and outreach/service.

Lillian Phenice
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: lphenice(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lillian Phenice's areas of interest are in the ecology of ethnic minority individuals and families and the life span development and adaptation of marginalized individuals and families. In addition, Dr. Phenice is interested in the Practice, Precautionary, and Preventative Principles with children's health.


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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