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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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Lily Woodruff
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Art, Art History and Design
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: woodru56(at)msu.edu

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Lily Woodruff received a dual Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University and in Histoire et Civilisation from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), both in 2012. Her research examines contemporary art with specific focuses on social and institutional critique, technology, participation, and exchange between Europe and the Americas during the post-WWII period. Her first book project titled Disordering the Establishment: Art, Display, and Participation in France, 1958-1981 is an analysis of the way that artists transformed techniques of institutional conservatism in order to encourage critical public participation and social engagement. Specifically, she analyzes the kinetic painting and sculpture of the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel, Andre Cadere and Daniel Buren's post-minimalist installations, and the community-based media projects of the Collectif d'Art Sociologique. Her research has been supported by fellowships from Northwestern University, and grants from Chateaubriand, Jeanne Marandon, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. At MSU, Lily is a member of the Global Studies in Art and Humanities, a consulting member of the Center for Gender in Global Context, and an occasional contributor to the Film Collective.

Karin Wurst
College: College of Arts and Letters
Department: Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, African, Asian Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: wurst(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Karin A. Wurst's books have focused on representations of the family, women's drama, cultural consumption in 18th Century-Germany, and J.M.R. Lenz: Das Schlaraffenland verwilderter Ideen. Narrative Strategien in den Prosaerzählungen von J. M. R. Lenz (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2014); Fabricating Pleasure: Fashion, Entertainment, and Consumption in Germany (1780-1830), German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies (Wayne State University Press, 2005). Karin A. Wurst and Alan Leidner, Unpopular Virtues: J. M. R. Lenz and the Critics. A Reception History (Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1999). Edited and introduced Eleonore Thon's "Adelheit von Rastenberg." Texts and Translation Series. (New York: MLA, 1996). Edited and introduced J.M.R. Lenz als Alternative? Positionsanalysen zum 200. Todestag (Köln, Wien, Weimar: Böhlau, 1992). Frau und Drama im achtzehnten Jahrhundert (Köln, Wien: Böhlau, 1991). "Familiale Liebe ist die wahre Gewalt." Zur Repräsentation der Familie in Lessings dramatischem Werk"(Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1988). Her articles focus on 17th and 18th century Germany and issues of gender, cultural and aesthetic representation. The have appeared in German Quarterly, Daphnis, German Studies Review, Lessing Yearbook, Text + Kritik, Seminar, Women in German Yearbook, Goethe Yearbook, Lenz Jahrbuch. Her teaching interests include literary and cultural theories, feminist theory, women's literature and material culture. From 2006 to 2014 she served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at MSU; she currently serves as Special Advisor to the Provost on Intercultural Learning and Student Engagement.

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.

Logan Williams
College: Lyman Briggs/Social Science
Department: Lyman Briggs/Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: will2734(at)msu.edu

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Biography:

Dr. Logan D. A. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Lyman Briggs
College (History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science faculty) and the department of Sociology. She defended her PH. D. is Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She also has a
B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Broadly defined, Dr. Williams' research and teaching investigates the
political economy of sustainable development with a topical focus on: innovation 'from below', technoscience circulation, appropriate technology/technology choice, entrepreneurship and civil society. She
desires that her work improve policies for science, technology and
international development. Dr. Williams has published in the following
journals: Minerva, Technology in Society and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers
and the Smithsonian Institutes.

Susan Wyche
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
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.

Naoko Wake
College: Social Science/Lyman Briggs
Department: History/Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: wake(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Wake joined the faculty of Lyman Briggs College in 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan (MA) and Indiana University, Bloomington (Ph.D.). She has written on the history of the medical and social sciences in the first half of the twentieth century with a focus on interdisciplinary scientific approaches to sexual diversity. Her current work is a historical inquiry into Japanese-American and Korean-American memories of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. By focusing on this particular group of survivors residing in the United States, and by comparing their experiences to those of Japanese and Korean survivors from 1945 to present, she illuminates a history of the Bomb that complicates the better-known story of colonial and post-colonial rivalries and brings to light womens and patients activism in trans-Pacific contexts.

Zhenmei Zhang
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: zhangz12(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Zhenmei Zhang is Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Zhang's areas of expertise include aging and the life course, family and health, racial/ethnic disparities in health, and elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Specifically, her research has focused on the effects of social relationships (parental and marital history) on both physical and mental health in later life and the role of gender in moderating the impact of social relationships on health. Another line of her research has examined racial/ethnic differentials in a variety of health outcomes, including chronic health problems, functioning problems, and active life expectancy. Most recent projects include an examination of early life influences on cognitive impairment and dementia in China and the United States. Presently, she is investigating patterns and determinants of intergenerational transfers in contemporary China. Dr. Zhang's research has appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Research on Aging, The Gerontologist, and Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect.

Agnes Widder
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: widder(at)mail.lib.msu.edu

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Biography: I am responsible for collecting materials on British history/studies, France, medieval and Renaissance/early modern studies, and religious studies. You are welcome to suggest materials for purchase to me and to meet with me by appointment for specialized reference assistance in these subject areas. Please call or e-mail for an appointment or to ask questions. I have been a librarian for M.S.U. Libraries since 1979. I received an A.M.L.S. from University of Michigan, School of Library Science, in 1976, a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, in history, in 1975, and an M.A. in history from M.S.U., in 1984.

Scott Witter
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: School of Planning, Design, and Construction
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: witter(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Research Interests: International and domestic watershed, natural resource management issues and projects. Dr. Witter has over 25 years of experience conducting research, outreach, consulting, and teaching activities related to international and domestic watershed and natural resource management issues and projects. He has 20 years of college and unit-level administrative experience in MSUs Institute of International Agriculture, as Chairperson of the Department of Resource Development; as Chairperson of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies; and currently as Director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction. Dr. Witter's research has focused on watershed and natural resource management in the rural urban interface. He has been principal investigator and co-investigator on $3.4 million in funded projects funded externally and internally at MSU. Under his leadership the units he has served have increased their endowments by over $8 million.


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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