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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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Jennifer Schmidt
College: Education
Department: Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jaschmid(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer A. Schmidt is an associate professor of educational psychology. She is broadly interested in adolescent motivation and engagement in learning contexts, both inside and outside of school. She studies how multiple dimensions of student experience fluctuate with the changing features of learning environments. Her work informs, and is informed by scholarship on human motivational processes as well as work on adolescent development, teacher practice, educational intervention, and educational environments. Her current research examines diversity in the affective and motivational dimensions of student experience in middle school and high school science learning environments. Through four ongoing projects, she is examining the way science "feels" for male and female students, modifying these perceptions through both targeted classroom interventions and teacher education, and identifying features of formal and informal learning environments that foster STEM interest and engagement. Schmidt uses the Experience Sampling Method (or ESM) - a signal-contingent method of collecting data in which participants provide repeated reports of multiple dimensions of their subjective experience.

Johanna Schuster-Craig
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
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Email: schust66(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Johanna Schuster-Craig is Assistant Professor of German and Global Studies. Her research interests center around German integration politics and immigration policy, both from the top down (in the media, public policies and parliamentary debates) and from the bottom up (in social work projects and the work of local artists). She is particularly interested in how previous incarnations of integration politics have served as precursors for emerging right-wing xenophobic movements such as PEGIDA.

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.

Lisa Schwartzman
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
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Email: lhschwar(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lisa Schwartzman is the author of Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique (Penn State Press, 2006) and co-editor of Feminist Interventions in Ethics and Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). She has also published essays on feminist analyses of rights, equality, and hate speech. She is co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy on the topic Gender, Implicit Bias, and Philosophical Methodology. Prof. Schwartzman's current work focuses on two related projects: the first involves examining the role that choice and autonomy play in contemporary discussions of feminism, and the second involves a critical feminist analysis of philosophical methodologies.

Juli Wade
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: wadej(at)msu.edu

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Biography: The Wade lab investigates how structural and biochemical changes within the brain across development regulate later social behaviors. They study the development of courtship and copulatory displays because these displays are stereotyped and differ between the sexes. Members of the Wade lab are working with two model systems, zebra finches and green anole lizards. Zebra finches have become a classic model for investigating sex differences in brain and behavior. Males sing to court females, whereas females do not normally sing, and in parallel the brain regions and muscles that control song are larger in males than in females. The Wade lab investigates how hormones and genes contribute to the development of behavioral and anatomical differences between the sexes. Similarly, green anole lizards display highly sexually dimorphic courtship behaviors. Males extend a bright red throat fan called a dewlap. Females have only a rudimentary dewlap, and while they use it in a limited fashion during aggressive encounters, females do not display the dewlap during reproduction. The neurons and muscles controlling this behavior are larger in males than in females. The Wade labs current research on the lizards involves investigations of the influences of steroid hormones during development and in adulthood on both morphology and behavior in these two reproductive systems.

Janet Swenson
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: jswenson(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Janet Swenson is an Associate Professor in WRAC and Associate Dean of Outreach and Community Engagement in the College of Arts and Letters. She began her career as a middle and high school teacher in Flint Community Schools. She has served as the (co)director of several national projects including Write for Your Life and Project Outreach, as well as such local projects as Red Cedar Writing Project and Project WRITE. Swenson has served on the Executive Committee of NCTE, Chair of the Conference on English Education, and Member of the National Writing Project Task Force. Her current research interests focus on improving the teaching and practice of writing in highly diverse K-12 classrooms.

Colleen Tremonte
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: tremonte(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Tremonte was on leave for Fall 2013: Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender Professor Tremontes research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary theory and pedagogy; film, gender, and genre; national cinemas; and, visual cultural studies and displacement. Tremonte is past recipient of a University Lilly Teaching Fellowship (1997-1998), a MSU Teacher-Scholar Award (1998-1999), and the Mid-Michigan Alumni Club Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2001). She is also a fellow in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, CASTL (elected 2000). Since 2008, Tremonte has been Director of the MSU Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellows Program (IIT), a joint initiative between the James Madison College and the MSU Graduate School. She is also member of the MSU team on Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) to Assess Student Learning, a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools that is funded by the Teagle and the Sloane Foundations (2012-2013). Professor Tremonte has published in the areas of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, on film, gender and visual rhetorics, and on improving graduate education. Her most recent publications are Cartographies: Graduate Education, SOTL, and the Third Space (2012) and Window Shopping: Fashioning a Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (2011). She has also has also co-published articles on cultural politics and the body in post-cold war James Bond films, and is currently working on a book-length study, Darkness Visible: Gender, Genre and Cinematic Madness.

Chantal Tetreault
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: tetreau7(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Chantal Tetreault is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist whose recent work has primarily focused on issues of migration and social change in France. Dr. Tetreault's current project addresses the interactional styles whereby French adolescents of Algerian descent construct and express their emergent identities as Arab Muslims and French youth. More generally, her research illuminates how cultural processes of identity construction, primarily relating to gender and ethnicity, are achieved through everyday language use. Professor Tetreault's publications and teaching both challenge naturalized assumptions about the link between identity and language, thereby contributing to new scholarship in linguistic anthropology that rejects the previously common pattern of equating cultural groups and particular language styles.

Ellen Velie
College: Human Medicine
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Affiliation: Core
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Email: velie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ellen Velie is a nutritional and cancer epidemiologist with a particular interest in the health of disadvantaged populations. She joined the Department of Epidemiology at Michigan State University in August, 2000. Before coming to MSU she conducted her PhD research on nutrition and birth defects in Latina and white women in California and completed postdoctoral training through the Cancer Prevention Fellowship in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. Examples of her research include the role of nutrient intakes (e.g. fat and zinc) and dietary patterns in the etiology of birth defects and breast cancer. She has also studied methodologic issues related to nutritional epidemiology, such as dietary assessment, energy-adjustment and alternative approaches to examining dose response trends. Her current research focuses on the interrelationship between social factors (e.g. race and social class) and life course energy balance-related factors (e.g. birth characteristics, childhood diet and growth, pubertal development, diet, physical activity, insulin resistance and obesity), as they relate to cancer and other diseases.


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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