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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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Maria Tatto
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mttatto(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Teresa Tatto is an associate professor of teacher education. Her research is characterized by the use of an international-comparative framework to study educational reform and educational policy and their impact on schooling, particularly the role of teachers, teaching, and learning – within varied organizational, economic, political, and social contexts. Her other research interests include the influence of early childhood education on improved knowledge levels for the rural poor, the role of values education on citizenship formation, and the development of effective policies to support the education of children of migrant workers in the U.S. Her work combines the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods. She has done research in Mexico, Sri Lanka, and several countries in Latin America and has served as a consultant to the World Bank and USAID for the governments of the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru. She is currently the director and principal investigator for the Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics, or TEDS-M.

Laurie Thorp
College: Natural Science
Department: Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE)
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Program: GJEC
Email: thorpl(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laurie Thorp is director of the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE). Thorp holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University. Her doctoral research took her to the Lansing School District where she studied the cultural and educational implications of a schoolyard garden. This study is the topic of her 2005 book, The Pull of the Earth by Altamira Press. She is a faculty member in the Department of Community Sustainability. Thorp was co-investigator on a $625K Department of Education grant to assess student learning of sustainability competencies through experiential education. She has served on the MSU Vice President for Finance and Operations Environmental Stewardship Systems Team as technical team leader for behavioral research associated with strategic change initiatives advancing campus sustainability. She is one of the founders of the MSU Student Organic Farm (SOF) and serves on the SOF steering team. For the past four years she has been collaborating with colleagues in the departments of Animal Science, Philosophy, and Sociology to study sustainable pork production and student ethical development. Thorp's work has been published in Qualitative Inquiry, Agriculture and Human Values, Journal of Experiential Education, The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, and The Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research. Her greatest joy and passion is mentoring undergraduates in their journey of self-discovery to identify their life work.

Robin Silbergleid
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: silberg1(at)msu.edu

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Robin Silbergleid works in the areas of creative writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture, narrative theory, and women's/gender studies. As a writer who holds both a PhD and MFA, she is particularly interested in exploring the sometimes vexed relationships between critical and creative writing; her current project, Reading Maso, combines sustained close readings of Carole Maso's novels with personal essay and poetic fragments. Additionally, she is co-editing a book, Critical Innovations: Reading and Writing Experimental Texts that explores performative and creative modes of literary analysis. Her creative work focuses on issues of domesticity and the female body, specifically single parenting, reproductive loss, and infertility. She is the author of the poetry collection The Baby Book (CavanKerry Press, 2015) and the memoir Texas Girl (Demeter Press, 2014), as well as the chapbooks Pas de Deux: Prose and Other Poems (Basilisk Press, 2006) and Frida Kahlo, My Sister (Finishing Line, 2014). Individual essays and poems can be found in a range of venues, online and in print, and have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a frequent contributor to Role Reboot on issues related to fertility and family, and collaborates with the national art, oral history, and portraiture project The ART of Infertility.

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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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.

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

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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.

Hsiao-ping Wang
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: wanghsi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Hsiao-Ping Wang has been teaching Chinese literature, Chinese language and Japanese literature in Linguistics and Languages for many years. Her research interests include critical theories, gender/power politics in modern Chinese literature, film studies, and interdisciplinary learnings. One of her papers is published by Journal of Hefei Normal University, PRC (3/2015).

April Zeoli
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
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Email: zeoli(at)msu.edu

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April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor and coordinator of undergraduate studies in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Dr. Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main field of investigation is the prevention of intimate partner violence and homicide through policy interventions. Specifically, she is interested in the role of firearms in intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the civil and criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. She is currently the primary investigator on research to analyze the strength of legal firearm restrictions for perpetrators of domestic violence and their impact on intimate partner homicide, and to study the implementation of domestic violence firearm laws in selected communities. In addition, Dr. Zeoli studies homicide more generally, and has received attention for interdisciplinary research that applies an infectious disease model to the spread of homicide in Newark, New Jersey. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied health and public policy, specializing in violence prevention, and a master"s in public health from the University of Michigan.

Joshua Yumibe
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: yumibe(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Joshua Yumibe’s research focuses on the aesthetic and technological history of cinema. He is the author of Moving Color: Early Film, Mass Culture, Modernism (Rutgers University Press, 2012), which examines early color cinema in relation to the cultural and aesthetic horizon of modernism and modernity. Other areas of interest include avant-garde and experimental cinemas, nineteenth and early twentieth century visual culture, Frankfurt school theory, and archival theories and practices. He is also the co-author of Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), with Giovanna Fossati, Tom Gunning, and Jonathon Rosen. With Sarah Street (University of Bristol), Yumibe is working on the co-authored book Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s (under contract with Columbia University Press). The book investigates the major spheres of color expression in commercial and experimental motion pictures of the 1920s, and derives from research conducted through the Leverhulme Trust funded project, "Colour in the 1920s: Cinema and Its Intermedial Contexts." Since 2003, Yumibe has been collaborating with Paolo Cherchi Usai on the archival collection, Davide Turconi Project. In 2011, they launched the project online to provide access to the collection as part of the 30th anniversary of the Giornate del Cinema. In 2016, he was a recipient of the Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award, which is granted to faculty who early in their careers have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching, and whose instruction is linked to and informed by their research and creative activities.

Geri Alumit Zeldes
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Journalism
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: alumitge(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor and graduate studies director in MSU’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and more than two dozen honors for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include an RTDNA Unity award, two Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote in ArtPrize, an AAJA award, a Telly, two regional Emmys ®, two SPJ and MAB awards. Zeldes won grants from the Michigan Humanities Council, Ruth Mott Foundation and others, and was invited to speak at two Tedx events. In spring 2015, for her social justice work, she was one of 50 faculty featured on an MSU billboard for the “Spartans Will” campaign.

Susan Wyche
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: spwyche(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Susan Wyche is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She is also affiliated with MSUs Global Center for Food Systems Innovation funded by USAID in their Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN). Her research focuses on information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). Wyche received her Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech, an MS from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.


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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