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

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Biography: 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.

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.

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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Biography: 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.

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.

Ruben Parra Cardona
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies/Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: parracar(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the family therapy program at Michigan State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies. He is also Associate Director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (RCGV). He is currently involved in NIDA-funded research focused on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino/a populations. This program of research was previously funded by NIMH. He also conducts research focused on examining the cultural relevance of services for Latina survivors and Latino men who batter. Dr. Parra-Cardona serves on the editorial boards of three leading journals in the fields of family therapy and family studies (Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Process, and Family Relations).

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.

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.

Elvira Sanchez-Blake
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program:
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.


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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