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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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Ellen McCallum
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: emc(at)msu.edu

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Ellen McCallum's teaching and research range across feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, aesthetics, American literature, and film studies. Her most recent books are The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (2013) and Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY2011), both coedited with Mikko Tuhkanen. Her forthcoming book, Unmaking The Making of Americans, takes up questions of aesthetics, form, temporality, emotion, and narrative, reading them through Stein's long novel (SUNY 2018).

McCallum's first book, Object Lessons: How to Do Things with Fetishism, reclaimed perversion as a productive paradigm for feminist theory. Through a close reading in the passages in Freud's work where fetishism appears, McCallum shows how fetishism undermines the precarious binaries of masculinity/femininity or perverse /normal or heterosexual/homosexual and that fetishism's disruption even troubles the subject/object binary that founds Western metaphysics. Fetishism's ability to produce a multiplicity of sexual differences and to negotiate loss through a generative practice of substitution and interpretation holds valuable object lessons for postmodern feminist theory.

Aaron McCright
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
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Program: GJEC
Email: mccright(at)msu.edu

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Aaron M. McCright is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. He also has an appointment in the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Most of Dr. McCright's scholarship spans the fields of environmental sociology, political sociology, social movements, and sociology of science and technology. His intellectual agenda is to enhance our sociological understanding of how political, social, and scientific dynamics influence society's capacity for recognizing and dealing with environmental degradation and technological risks. Dr. McCright is most well-known for his work to sociologically explain the political dynamics and public understanding of climate science and policy in the United States. Integrating theoretical insights from scholarship on power, social movements, media norms, and public opinion, his main contribution has been exploring how and why the American conservative movement and its allied climate change contrarians have effectively challenged climate science and policy in the United States for the last two decades. Recently, he extended this to theoretically explain political polarization on climate change in the American public. In total, his research increases our sociological understanding of the obstacles for dealing with climate change in the US and beyond.

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.

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.

Linda Racioppi
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: racioppi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Racioppi's expertise is in comparative politics (ethnicity, nationalism and ethnic conflict, gender and power, politics and society in Europe and South Asia) and international relations (Russian foreign policy, international security, feminist international relations theory). In 1991, she was awarded a Lilly Teaching Fellowship; in 1994, she was named MSU Teacher-Scholar; and in 2005, she received the MSU Alumni Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award. Professor Racioppi is the author of Soviet Policy Towards South Asia Since 1970 (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and co-author with Professor Katherine O'Sullivan See of Women's Activism in Contemporary Russia (Temple University Press, 1997). She has published articles and book chapters on Soviet arms transfers, women and Russian nationalism, women's organizing in Russia, gender and ethnic conflict in Northern Ireland, and on interdisciplinarity; and she has edited an occasional paper series on civil-military relations. Her current research focuses on gender and political transitions, on conflict resolution, and on Cold War politics and filmic representations.

Jon Robison
College: Education
Department: Kinesiology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: robisonj(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Jon Robison is an author and nationally recognized speaker on health at every size.

Tze-Lan Sang
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
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Email: tzelan(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Tze-Lan Sang teaches classes on modern Chinese literature and visual culture. She has also written many book chapters and journal articles on topics ranging from contemporary writers and film directors to traditional Chinese opera. Her current research focuses on three areas: 1) Chinese popular fiction in a larger web of urban entertainment culture during the first half of the twentieth century; 2) Chinese cinema—especially independent documentary films—from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China; and 3) representations of postindustrial cities. Her research has received support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining MSU, she taught at Stanford University and the University of Oregon.

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
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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.


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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