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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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Ethan Segal
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: segale(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ethan Segal is a scholar of traditional East Asia with a particular focus on Japan. He earned his M.A. from the University of Washington, his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo. In 2008-09, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Pre-modern Japanese History in Harvard University's Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations. Topics of Professor Segal's research and teaching include economic history, nationalism, women and gender, history and film, contemporary popular culture, and Japanese textbooks. His publications appear in journals such as Education About Asia as well as in edited volumes including Currents in Medieval Japanese History and Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan. Professor Segal's first book, Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, re-examines money, trade, and evolving medieval political and social institutions; it is available from Harvard University Press.

Leonora Smith
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: smithleo(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Smith has a dual Ph.D. in English and Curriculum from MSU, with an emphasis on research in the teaching of writing at the college level and above. With stints as a waitress and bartender, she is now an associate professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She has worked as a free-lance writer for government and industry; as editor of Muses (the alumni magazine of MSU's College of Arts & Letters); as associate editor for Years Press; former president of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature; and served on the editorial board of Fourth Genre.

Aminda Smith
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: amsmith(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I specialize in modern Chinese history with a particular interest in the social and cultural history of Chinese Communism. My recent book, Thought Reform and China's Dangerous Classes: Reeducation, Resistance, and the People, explores what is arguably the Chinese government's most controversial social policy thought reform or reeducation. I pay special attention to the prostitutes, beggars, and other lumpen proletarians that the Communists saw as dangerous to society and the revolution. To hear me discussing this book, listen to an interview from the New Books podcast series. My current work in PRC history (tentatively titled Speaking for the People: Protest, Petitions, and Populism in the Mao Years) examines the richly detailed letters that rural and urban citizens sent to the Communist state. Additionally, I am continuing my ongoing research on Chinese doctors in the U.S. (project title: The Private Diseases of Both Sexes: Race, Sexuality, and Chinese Medicine in the American West, 1850 -1950) in which I consider the reputation Chinese-American doctors built for themselves as expert healers of venereal disease.

Brenda Sternquist
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Advertising and Public Relations
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: sternqui(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Brenda Sternquist, Professor of Marketing at Michigan State University, is a specialist in International Retailing. She has conducted research throughout the world, but particularly focuses on China, India and Japan. This research is summarized in her book, International Retailing 2nd edition published by Fairchild Press, New York in 2007. Her first book focused on the European transition, this book European Retailing's' Borderless World was published by Greenwood Press. Two 2011 books are Retail Strategic International Expansion: Theory and Cases and International Retailing Theory and Research. She has also published more than one hundred research articles. She was selected as the first Outstanding National Retail Educator in 2004. The award is presented by the National Retail Federation, Center for Retail Studies Texas A&M and JC Penney. In 1999 she received the Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest award given at Michigan State University in recognition of an outstanding career in research, teaching and service, and was selected for the Alumnae Club of Mid-Michigan Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1997.

Jyotsna Singh
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: jsingh(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jyotsna G Singh researches and teaches early modern literature and culture, colonial history, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields. Her published work includes The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics co-authored with Dympna Callaghan and Lorraine Helms (Blackwell 1994); Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: 'Discovery' of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge 1996); and Travel Knowledge: European 'Discoveries' in the Early Modern Period (co-edited Ivo Kamps, Palgrave, 2001); and A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion editor, Blackwell 2009). She has written extensively on early modern drama and culture, with an emphasis on Shakespeare; cross-cultural performances/appropriations of Shakespeare; early modern travel narratives; history of race and gender; and colonialism, among others.

Sandi Smith
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Core
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Email: smiths(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sandi W. Smith is Director of the Health and Risk Communication Center and Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where she teaches courses in persuasion, communication theory, and interpersonal communication. Her research interests parallel these course topics and have been funded by private foundations and governmental agencies. In specific, she has focused her research on the impact of memorable messages received from important others on health behaviors; persuading people to carry signed and witnessed organ donor cards and to engage in family discussion about their decisions related to organ donation encouraging college students to consume alcohol moderately, if at all; and the portrayal of interpersonal relationships on television. Her research has appeared in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Health Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research, among others. She is active in the International Communication Association where she served as Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division and was a member of the Board of Directors. She has received honors for her teaching and research from student groups, professional associations, and the universities at which she has worked. In 2007, she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University, and in 2012 she was named a Fellow of the International Communication Association. Sandi received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Murari Suvedi
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: suvedi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Murari Suvedi is a professor in the department of Community, agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at Michigan State University (MSU) and works in the area of program development and evaluation. Prior to MSU, he worked as lecturer of agricultural extension at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Nepal for 11 years. He also coordinated the Pilot Extension Program for the Institute to serve the farmers of Nepal. His work has focused on staff development, program planning and evaluation. His current responsibilities include teaching courses on program development and evaluation, conducting evaluative research, and engaging in Extension and international agricultural development programs and activities. He focuses his work on evaluation capacity building by offering short courses to agricultural and rural development professionals, and conducting evaluation of extension programs and initiatives. He has developed a program evaluation training manual and made it globally available online for use by agricultural extension and advisory services professionals. He has conducted evaluations of sustainable agriculture and education programs and leadership development programs, and has conducted educational needs assessments and impact assessments of many extension programs and projects. He works internationally, focusing mainly on food security and agricultural development. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on program development and evaluation. He integrates sustainability as a key principle in his scholarly work.

Ronen Steinberg
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: ronens(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Steinberg is a historian of modern Europe. His main areas of interest are the French Revolution, transitional justice, and mass violence. He has published articles on the history of terrorism, transitional justice, trauma and history, and the aftermath of the Reign of Terror. At MSU he teaches the IAH 202: Europe and the World course, and courses on French and European history. In addition, he teaches an upper-level course on the history and theory of genocide, and senior seminars on the legacies of mass violence and on the French Revolution.

Jakana Thomas
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: thoma977(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jakana Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 2012 after earning her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on conflict resolution in civil war and the characteristics of violent non-state groups. Thomas current projects examine how rebel group war aims affect conflict resolution and the relationship between gender and conflict.

Terrie Taylor
College: Osteopathic Medicine
Department: Osteopathic Medical Specialties
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: ttmalawi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: An internationally recognized scientist and physician, Taylor spends six months of the year in the African nation of Malawi, conducting malaria research and treating patients, the vast majority of whom are children. She has written numerous papers for scientific journals on various treatments for malaria and she is a member of an Institute of Medicine panel researching anti-malaria drugs. Her most recent accomplishment: Helping to procure an MRI machine for the hospital in which she works; it’s the first MRI unit in the country and will be invaluable for treating patients and conducting research.


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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