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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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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.

Esther Onaga
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: onaga(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Esther Onaga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. After receiving her doctoral degree she became a project manager for a series of national experiments on social change of mental hospitals and universities funded by National Institutes of Mental Health. Her research focused moved from innovation diffusion to implementation. Her multi-year project on Supported Employment for the State of Michigan resulted in a disseminiation of on-going training for staff providing employment supports for people with disabilities. With funding from the Flinn Foundation she began a multi-year study of Michigan psychosocial clubhouses. In her teaching assignments she provided faculty support on the use service learning with their courses on diversity. In the summer she is the faculty for the Hawaii Study Away and Internship program where service learning plays a central role in educating students about the enthnic diversity in Hawaii. In 2008 she received the All University Excellence in Diversity Award from Michigan State University and the College of Social Science Curricular Service-learning and Civic Engagement Award. She has a number of current outreach and research endeavors. She directs the Family Impact Seminars, one of 22 network sites, for state policymakers. With funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health, she is working on fidelity and implementation of clubhouses in Michigan and initiating the use of a longitudinal data gathering of all 44 clubhouses as a tool to promote program quality across the state. She is also co-PI on Youth Education and Support Plus funded by the Gerstacker Rollin Foundation. She is PI on a 3 year project on the Family Impact Seminar funded by the Kellogg Foundation through the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars. She is on the editorial review board for Excellence and Equity in Education. She is a reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Her most recent focus is in the creation of inclusive healthy communities with a focus on people with disabilities.

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.

Marcie Ray
College: Music
Department: Musicology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: raym(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Marcie Ray is an assistant professor of musicology at the Michigan State University College of Music. She holds degrees from the University of Texas (B.M. in vocal performance) and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.). Her research interests focus on music, gender, sexuality, and class. Her book manuscript, tentatively titled The Politics of Love in French Baroque Music, illustrates how male composers and librettists transformed and diminished early feminist literary characters when they adapted them for eighteenth-century musical spectacles. A portion of this research has been published in Msica em Perspectiva (2013), The Libretto as Enlightenment Text (2015), and will appear in Early Music (2016). She has also begun research for her next book on makeover musicals; her initial work on this project appears in American Music (2014). The most important aspect of her work, however, is how her research returns to the classroom. For her dedication to her students she has won several teaching awards, including UCLA's most prestigious teaching honor from the Academic Senate Committee, and she was a Lilly Teaching Fellow (2014-15). A sample of the research she conducted during her Lilly year will be published in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy vol. 3 (2015).

Christa Porter
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration/Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE)
Affiliation: Core
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Email: cjporter(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Christa J. Porter is a Fixed Term Assistant Professor in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) and Coordinator of the Student Affairs Administration Master's program at Michigan State University. Dr. Porter has worked administratively in various Student Affairs functional areas at multiple institutional types. Her research interests consist of the socialization processes, achievement, and identity development of Blacks throughout the educational pipeline, with a particular focus on Black undergraduate women. Dr. Porter received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services and an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies Certificate from the University of Georgia, a Master's degree in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor's degree in Social Relations from James Madison College of Public Affairs from Michigan State University.

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.

Javier Pescador
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: pescador(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Javier Pescador is a full professor since 2009. He regularly teaches history of Mexicans in the United States, American Sports History and College Sports History. His research agenda focuses on Mexican cultures in the United States (sports, religion, leisure, photography, media) and American sports culture in the 20th century and global era. http://pescadorartephotography.wordpress.com

Amy Nuttall
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program:
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.


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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