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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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Peter Beattie
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: beattiep(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Peter M. Beatties research focuses on nineteenth and early twentieth century Brazil and examines the interaction between the poor (including the enslaved) and state institutions. His most recent journal publication is Born Under the Cruel Rigor of Captivity, the Supplicant Left It Unexpectedly by Committing a Crime: Categorizing and Punishing Slave Convicts in Brazil, 1830-1897 The Americas 66:1 (July 2009):11-54. He has another journal article forthcoming The Jealous Institution: Male Nubility, Conjugality, Sexuality, and Discipline on the Social Margins in Imperial Brazil in Comparative Studies in Society and History.

Dianna Baldwin
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing Center
Affiliation: Core
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Email: baldw145(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Baldwin is Co-Director of the Writing Center at MSU. She is at the Writing Center to play, explore, teach, be taught, and create a space where other writers feel free and encouraged to do the same. In addition to working with students, she experiments with all forms of digital writing and composing; explores video games and virtual worlds in the writing process; investigates how comics create meaning in different ways and how students can use this medium for their own rhetorical purposes; researches how things like tablets can be used in the writing process as a means of creation and not just consumption.

Laura Apol
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: apol(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laura Apol is an associate professor of teacher education. Her research interests include literary theory and children's and adolescent literature, issues of diversity in children's and adolescent literature, critical reading and response to literature, and historical children's literature. Recent projects include using writing to facilitate healing among high school- aged orphans in post-genocide Rwanda, and publishing stories of Rwandan Tutsi genocide for children of Rwanda and of the world. She has co-edited a collection of poetry for children and, as a published writer and poet, she conducts creative writing workshops and classes for teachers and students on all levels.

Adrienne Adams
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: adamsadr(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Adrienne Adams is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in community psychology. Over the past 10 years, she has evaluated local, state, and national domestic violence and sexual assault victim service programs, including the Department of Defense Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy Pilot Program. Dr. Adams is the Director of Evaluation for a large, urban non-profit organization that offers a wide array of supportive programs for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Gene Burns
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: burnsg(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Burns' research interests include reproductive politics, the politics of religion, moral conflict, and social movements. He also teaches social policy and social theory. He was awarded a fellowship to the Annenberg Scholars Program in 1995-96 and is the author of The Frontiers of Catholicism: The Politics of Ideology in a Liberal World and of The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States. In 2004 he was a recipient of the Mid-Michigan Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

NiCole Buchanan
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: nbuchana(at)msu.edu

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Biography: NiCole Buchanan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. NiColes research interests include violence and victimization, such as sexual harassment, racial harassment, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse and assault. NiColes research interests also include the intersections of race and gender and their effects on sexualized violence, in addition to mental health, well-being and resilience among women of color.

Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis
College: Human Medicine
Department: Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: bogdanlo(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis' interests focus on the political economy of U.S. medicalized childbirth and the emerging paradigm of evidence-based medicine. From an analysis of women's agency in childbirth "choice", she considers evidence-based patient choice. Her current work also focuses on the recent rapid integration of evidence-based medicine into medical education curricula and clinical practice - observing in particular, how such information interfaces with the traditional construction and flow of medical authority.

Amita Chudgar
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: amitac(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Amita Chudgar is an associate professor of educational administration and education policy. As an economist of education her long-term interests focus on ensuring that children and adults in resource-constrained environments have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds.

Zarena Aslami
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: aslami(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Zarena Aslami's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Special areas of interest include empire, history and theory of the novel, feminism, psychoanalysis, and the digital humanities. She is the author of The Dream Life of Citizens: Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State (Fordham University Press, 2012), which explores how novels dramatized the feelings and fantasies of a liberal culture that was increasingly optimistic, as well as anxious, about the states capacity to step in and help its citizens achieve the good life. Her current book project, Sovereign Anxieties: Victorian Afghanistan and the Literatures of Empire, continues this line of inquiry, examining the affective content of political forms in a transnational context.

Isabel Ayala
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: ayalam(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Isabel Ayala, (Ph.D., Texas A&M) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her research agenda examines the social impact that the unique and complex racialization of Latinos in the United States has on their demographic and social behavior. Challenging the assumption that there is a common Latino experience, she argues that Latinos within-group differential opportunities for social mobility--based on today's more fluid and yet, still hierarchical racial structure-play a critical role in their differential fertility behavior and educational attainment. Moreover, she explores the role of identities in changing these structures.


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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