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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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Tessa Paneth-Pollak
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Art, Art History and Design
Affiliation: Core
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Email: panethp1(at)msu.edu

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Tessa Paneth-Pollak is an Assistant Professor in Art History and Visual Culture. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art and theory, with a focus on prewar European modernism. She is at work on her first book project titled Definite Means: Modernism's Cut-Outs, whose core analysis of the book centers on the cut-out practices of three major modernist sculptors: Auguste Rodin, Hans (Jean) Arp, and Henri Matisse, argues that artists turned to cutting out (as opposed to collage) as a means to answer urgent questions about the abstract artwork in the period and to negotiate some of modernism's key dialectics -between the organic and the mechanistic and between vitality and violence.

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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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.

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

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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).

Marisa Rinkus
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Center for Gender in Global Context
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Program: GJEC GDG
Email: rinkusma(at)msu.edu

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Marisa Rinkus received her PhD from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU in 2013, and also completed the GJEC Specialization. She has previously served in the Peace Corps and has served as the Peace Corps Coordinator at MSU in previous years. Her research deals with social capital and gender participation in conservation efforts, particularly focused on sea turtle efforts in Northeast Brazil. She has taught WS courses for GenCen, including "Women and Change in Developing Countries" as well as courses for the GJEC specialization. She has also previously served as GenCen's internship coordinator.

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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

Kristen Renn
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: renn(at)msu.edu

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Kristen Renn is a professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education and associate dean of undergraduate studies/director for student success initiatives. Her research centers on college student learning, development, and success in higher education, with current projects focusing on low-income, first-generation students and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students. Other interests include college student identity development, student affairs administration, and women’s higher education in international contexts.

Jayne Schuiteman
College: Office of Institutional Equity
Department: Office of Institutional Equity
Affiliation: Core
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Email: schuite1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Jayne Schuiteman is a senior investigator with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) at Michigan State University. She is also an associate professor for the Center for Gender in Global Context and currently teaches Gender Studies courses for the Center. Dr. Schuiteman received her Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and both her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Schuiteman first began working with issues of harassment and discrimination in 1992 while employed at the Women’s Resource Center and has continued into her present position with OIE.

Anita Skeen
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: skeen(at)msu.edu

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Anita Skeen is professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University, where she is the arts coordinator and director of the RCAH Center for Poetry. Anita began her teaching career at Bowling Green State University, where she received an MA in English literature in 1970 and an MFA in creative writing in 1971. She later taught in the MFA program at Wichita State University where she received the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1987, as a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Humanities Council, she helped create "Talking about Literature in Kansas Libraries, a reading and discussion program that continues today. She joined the Michigan State University Department of English in 1990. In 1997 she began serving as the director of the Residential Option in Arts and Letters Program (ROIAL), a living and learning program for selected freshmen and sophomores in the College of Arts and Letters. ROIAL increased her interest in and commitment to undergraduate education and to building links between ROIAL students and other units on campus as well as with the East Lansing community. Since 2005 she has taught the annual writing workshop throughout the month of September that accompanies the One Book, One Community yearly book selection. Anita has also taught in MSU Study Abroad programs in England and Ireland. For a number of summers when she was in college and afterward, Anita served as a city recreation director for low-income housing projects in Charleston, West Virginia, and as a counselor at summer camps in Pennsylvania and New York. She has taught K-12 students while working with the Kansas Arts Commissions Artist in the Schools Program, in college classrooms across the country as a visiting writer and writer-in-residence, in senior citizens centers and libraries, and at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She has been the director of the Creative Arts Program at Ghost Ranch for 32 years and director of the Fall Writing Festival for 16 years. Most recently, in October 2011 she was writer-in-residence at the Aurora Fall Writers Retreat in Aurora, West Virginia; in January 2012 she served as writer-in-residence at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.


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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