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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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Maria Porter
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mporter1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Porter is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She is currently involved in research projects in Burkina Faso, China, and the UK. This research involves work on intra-household labor allocation decisions, factors influencing households adoption of new agricultural technologies, understanding adult children's motivations for giving transfers and support to parents, and household bargaining between spouses. She employs a variety of research methods, including randomized control trials, laboratory experiments, and survey data analysis. Maria holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Before coming to MSU, she was a research fellow at the University of Oxford. She has taught graduate courses in household and development economics, and undergraduate courses in intermediate microeconomics and development economics.

Jamie Nelson
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jnelson(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Nelson works primarily in bioethics, but is interested in a number of areas particularly moral theory (concentrating currently on the surprising results that occur when moral psychology meets the fiction of Jane Austen) and the more speculative reaches of the philosophy of language. She attempts to bring to bioethical questions resources from areas of philosophy that the current discussion tends to overlook. This has been rewarding in thinking through questions in reproductive ethics, pondering the just allocation of medical resources, and considering moral issues involved in caring for demented people. She is also interested in philosophical issues that arise from thinking about intimate relationships particularly families and family-like contexts.

Rob Roznowski
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Theatre
Affiliation: Core
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Email: roznows5(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rob is an award-winning actor, author, director, educator and playwright. He is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University where he serves as the Head of Acting and Directing in the Department of Theatre. His publications include books ("Inner Monologue in Acting" and "Collaboration in Theatre: A Practical Guide for Designers and Directors" (with Kirk Domer) both published by Palgrave Macmillan) and plays (The Summer Circle by Brooklyn Publishers, Arts or Crafts published by Norman Maine Plays and Comfort Food previously published by Independent Play(w)rights.) He worked as the National Outreach Education Coordinator for Actors Equity Association and has appeared extensively throughout the US as actor and director in New York, Los Angeles and regionally at Good speed Opera House, Long Wharf Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Rob served on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, SUNY/Stony Brook and Stephens College where he received the "Distinguished Teaching Award." At MSU he was awarded the "Mid-Michigan Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching" and the "Michigan Professor of the Year" from the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

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

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Biography: Catherine Ryu is an associate professor of Japanese literature and culture at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests include classical Japanese literature, Heian narratives, gender studies, zainichi studies, global studies, and game studies. She is the original inventor of Cube2Cube, a visualization platform for language learning games (U.S. patent, 2015), and the principal investigator of the Tone Perception Efficacy Study (ToPES), the Tone Perception and Production (ToPP) project, and Classical Japanese Grammar Games (CJG2).

Isaac Record
College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: recordis(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Isaac Record's research explores accounts of communal knowledge practices and concerns about trust in technology, under investigation by philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists of technology. He studies the practices of scientists who use instruments, the debates that accompany the introduction of new techniques to established disciplines, and the epistemological consequences of pursuing inquiries within a technological infrastructure. He is currently teaching about technology and culture; how to think about science; and how wearables and big data can change healthcare.

Georgia Peterson
College: MSU Extension
Department: MSU Extension
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Program: GJEC
Email: petersog(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Georgia Peterson is a Natural Resource Specialist with MSU Extension, focusing on natural resource leadership and literacy. Her research interests include attitudes toward forest management practices among publics and resource professionals, and the processes by which management decisions are made. She also works extensively with public input and conflict management approaches within public natural resource management contexts.

Patricia Rogers
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: rogerspa(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Patricia Rogers' research interests focus on the role of Anglo-American merchants in defining and shaping the Atlantic world, the British Empire, and world history more broadly during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A focus on the merchant community reveals aspects of the modern world such as cultural identity formation, commercial networks, and the flow of news. Patti's current academic projects include learning "new media" for use both in the classroom and in research. In addition to teaching in the RCAH, Patti serves as associate editor for H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) at MSU.

Jennifer Olson
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: olsonjj(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer Olson is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU.
She helped spearhead the Information and Communications Technology and Development (ICTD) program, a joint College Communication Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering undergraduate minor, research program and study abroad. In addition, Jennifer conducts research on the impact of climate change on agriculture and communities in East and Southern Africa in projects funded by NSF, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID.

Elvira Sanchez-Blake
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: sblake(at)msu.edu

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Elvira Sanchez-Blake is Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture at Michigan State University. She specializes in contemporary Colombian and Mexican narratives. Her publications include Patria se escribe con sangre (Anthropos, 2000), testimonials by women in the Colombian conflict, and Espiral de silencios (Beamount, 2009), a novel based on recent Colombian historical events. She also co-authored the anthology, Voces Hispanas Siglo XXI: Entrevistas con autores en DVD (Yale University Press, 2005), and the critical edition, El universo literario de Laura Restrepo (Taurus, 2007). She is currently working on a book about women and madness in Latin American literature, exploring gender and political intersections in postmodern literature. Professor Sanchez-Blake also has published numerous articles in professional journals and collective editions.

Jennifer Schmidt
College: Education
Department: Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jaschmid(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer A. Schmidt is an associate professor of educational psychology. She is broadly interested in adolescent motivation and engagement in learning contexts, both inside and outside of school. She studies how multiple dimensions of student experience fluctuate with the changing features of learning environments. Her work informs, and is informed by scholarship on human motivational processes as well as work on adolescent development, teacher practice, educational intervention, and educational environments. Her current research examines diversity in the affective and motivational dimensions of student experience in middle school and high school science learning environments. Through four ongoing projects, she is examining the way science "feels" for male and female students, modifying these perceptions through both targeted classroom interventions and teacher education, and identifying features of formal and informal learning environments that foster STEM interest and engagement. Schmidt uses the Experience Sampling Method (or ESM) - a signal-contingent method of collecting data in which participants provide repeated reports of multiple dimensions of their subjective experience.


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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