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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 18 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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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.

Kristine Byron
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: byronk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kristine Byron is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. She teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature, culture, and women's studies. She received her PhD in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2001. She is the author of Women, Revolution, and Autobiographical Writing in the Twentieth Century: Writing History, Writing the Self (2007) and several articles on Cuban history, Latin American literature, and Irish literature.

Amy Bonomi
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bonomi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Bonomi's research focuses on the long-term health effects of domestic violence, dating violence, and child abuse, and the intimacy dynamics/processes that keep violent relationships intact. Dr. Bonomi and her team recently analyzed audio-recorded telephone conversations between domestic violence perpetrators and their victims to determine processes that influence victims to recant their stories in court.

Anne Bogat
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bogat(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Bogat's current research focuses on the developmental consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) on women and young children. She is interested in trajectories of risk and resilience among the children. Current work (with Levendosky, Lonstein, and von Eye) explores the biological correlates of trauma related to IPV and how, during pregnancy, factors such as cortisol might affect development pre and postnatally.

Stephanie Amada
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: amada(at)msu.edu

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Biography: A professor of writing and rhetoric at Michigan State University, Stephanie teaches in MSU's First-Year Writing Program and Professional Writing Program. Her favorite class to teach is Women in America (and all of the PW courses shes ever taught). She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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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