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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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Anna Maria Santiago
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
Program:
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
Program:
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?

Diane Ruonavaara
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Center for Advanced Study of International Development
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: ruonavaa(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Diane Ruonavaara is the program manager for the MSU Tanzania Partnership and advises students in the Graduate Specialization in International Development. Diane comes to CASID with 16 years of experience in international community development, participatory research, and evaluation of extension and rural projects. In her work, Diane is committed to the integration of theory and practice and participatory research and development approaches with marginalized groups of people especially women and indigenous groups. She has studied, taught, and conducted research and evaluation in Tanzania, Mexico, Ecuador, Vietnam, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Argentina, and the United States.

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
Program:
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/

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
Program:
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
Program:
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.


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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