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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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Charles Owen
College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: cbowen(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Charles Owen is director of the Media and Entertainment Technologies Laboratory and a member of the MSU Media, Interface, and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Laboratory. His research interests include multimedia systems, multimedia databases and information retrieval, image and signal processing, and multimedia authoring systems.

Amy Nuttall
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: nuttall(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Guided by a developmental psychopathology perspective, Nuttall's program of research broadly focuses on processes of resilience and risk in the context of family stress with the broader goal of translating research into effective interventions. Nuttall is particularly interested in family relationships and roles (e.g., generational boundary dissolution), parenting practices, and child development under a variety of contexts of family stress (e.g., sibling with a disability, childhood bereavement, interparental conflict).

Sean Pue
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pue(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Pue is Assistant Professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture in MSUs Department of Linguistics and Languages. His teaching interests involve: the Hindi-Urdu language; literature and culture in South Asia; global studies in the arts and humanities; postcolonial theory; and, digital humanities. He earned his Ph.D. in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His research interests include modernism in South Asian languages, politics of literary tradition, Indo-Persian, and digital humanities.

Sarah Nicholls
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: nicho210(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sarah Nicholls is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment between the Departments of CARRS and Geography. She holds a B.Sc. in Geography from University College London, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. She has worked at MSU since 2002. Sarah's teaching in the Department of Geography includes GEO 259 Geography of Recreation and Tourism and GEO 459 Tourism in Regional Development. She co-leads a Study Abroad program, Caribbean Regional Development and Sustainable Tourism: The Dominican Republic Experience, each summer. Sarah is active in all aspects of Michigan's outdoor recreation and tourism industry she serves on the Ingham County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Equine Trails Subcommittee, the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association Education and Conference Planning Committees, and the Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance. Research Interests: Sarah's research centers around two broad themes: tourism planning, development and impacts; and issues associated with urban parks. Recent projects have included the preparation of a tourism development plan for the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts; a series of studies of the implications of climate change for outdoor recreation and tourism in Michigan and the Great Lakes; and, GIS-based analyses of urban park access and equity for a variety of communities throughout Michigan. Sarah is currently involved in projects regarding agri-tourism development in Michigan and France and the adoption of environmental initiatives within the accommodations sector in Michigan. Her work has been published in a variety of parks, recreation and tourism journals, including the Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Analysis, Journal of Leisure Research, and Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. She serves on five journal editorial boards.

Anna Maria Santiago
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: santia63(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Santiago received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include short- and long-term effects of housing and social welfare programs and policies as anti-poverty and social development strategies, social capital formation and asset building in low-income families, neighborhood effects on the health and well-being of low-income children, Latino communities in the US, and Low income homeownership, foreclosures, and predatory lending

Anne Schneller
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: annes(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Anne Schneller is Associate Director of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. Anne has worked in the field of international education and tinernational student recruitment at Michigan State University for over 25 years. She has also worked on education projects in many countries in Africa, and has lived and worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya and South Africa. Anne has designed and co-directed study abroad programs for MSU undergraduate and masters degree students in both Zimbabwe and South Africa for 15 years.

Stephanie Nawyn
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: nawyn(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephanie J. Nawyn is an assistant professor in Sociology and Co-Director for the Center for Gender in Global Context at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and migration, with a focus on forced migration and the ways that structural inequalities inhibit incorporation. She has begun a new study of human trafficking and migrant labor exploitation in Turkey. She has published numerous articles in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Gender & Society, Feminist Formations, and American Behavioral Scientist. She also co-edited a book with Steven J. Gold, The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, published in 2013.

Desiree Qin
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: dqin(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Desiree Baolian Qin is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. She completed her doctorate degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2004 and held postdoc positions at New York University and Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Qin's research focuses on psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents from immigrant families. The main question underlying her work is: How do immigration, culture, gender, and important ecological contexts like family, peers, and school impact adolescent development?

Lynn Paine
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: painel(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lynn Paine is assistant dean for International Studies in the College of Education. She also is a professor of teacher education, and an adjunct professor of sociology and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Her work focuses on comparative and international education and the sociology of education, with an emphasis on the relationship between educational policy and practice, the links between education and social change and issues of inequality and diversity. Much of her work has involved the comparative study of teachers, teaching and teacher education, supported by research in China, the United States and England. Dr. Paine's work on learning in and from practice draws on her ongoing comparative research of teacher education.

Leah Lakdawala
College: Social Science
Department: Economics
Affiliation: Core
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Email: lkl(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I am an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University. My current research interests are development economics and labor economics. See more at http://econ.msu.edu/faculty/lakdawala%20/


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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