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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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Ann Folino White
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Theatre
Affiliation: Core
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Email: whitea38(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Ann Folino White is a scholar and theatre artist. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University, M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama along with a Gender Studies Certificate from Northwestern University. Most recently, Dr. Folino White directed her own adaptation of the book The Lady Victory (by Jane Vincent Taylor, Turning Point Press 2012), which explores the experiences of girls sent to a home for unwed mothers in 1960s Oklahoma. Dr. Folino Whites teaching interests include stage directing, performance theory, and American theatrical and popular performance from the late-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century. Dr. Folino Whites scholarship on American drama, protest, and performances has appeared in American Drama, Text and Performance Quarterly, Performing Arts Resources, Women and Performance and TDR: The Drama Review. Her book, Plowed Under: Food Policy Protests and Performance in New Deal America (Indiana University Press, 2014) explores the significance of theatrical strategies to shaping public discourse about the morality of New Deal agricultural policy.

Leo Zulu
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
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Program: GJEC GDG
Email: zulu(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Research Interests: Political ecology; environment and development; community-based natural resources management in rural Africa; deforestation; food security; socio-spatial; temporal and biophysical processes of land use and land cover change in Africa and the techniques that permit their examination including Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems; and vulnerability and adaptation of rural communities in southern Africa to climate change.

Stephanie White
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
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Program: GJEC
Email: whites25(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephanie White recently completed her PhD in the Department of Community Sustainability at MSU and presently holds a dual appointment with Community Sustainability's Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). Her dissertation research focused on urban agriculture in relation to urban socioecological systems, and the ways in which urban residents in MBour, Senegal use it to improve their well-being. Her current research focuses on urban food systems in the global south, primarily in relation small-scale food based livelihoods, which includes urban agriculture, small-scale trade, and urban livestock production. In addition, she is interested in better understanding how social and spatial aspects of urban food environments can foster or inhibit urban food security. Prior to her arrival at MSU, Dr. White worked in Washington, DC for a number of development organizations. She earned an MSc degree in Sustainable Systems/Agroecology from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa from 1992-1996.

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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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.

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.

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

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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.

Robert Richardson
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: rbr(at)anr.msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Robert Richardson is an ecological economist with interests in the study of development and the environment, particularly the contribution of ecosystem services to socioeconomic well-being. His teaching, research, and outreach program focuses primarily on sustainable development, and he uses a variety of methods from the behavioral and social sciences to study decision-making about the use of natural resources and the conservation of ecosystem services. He has conducted research related to agricultural-environmental linkages, household food and energy security, and tradeoffs in decision-making about environmental management in southern and eastern Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

Liz Abdnour
College: Office of Institutional Equity
Department: Office of Institutional Equity
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: abdnoure(at)msu.edu

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Liz Abdnour is a Senior Institutional Equity Investigator in the Office of Institutional Equity at Michigan State University. Previously, Liz worked as an Institutional Equity Coordinator in OIE and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and as an attorney in Michigan and Ohio, practicing in the areas of education, family, immigration, civil rights, and consumer law. Liz earned her J.D. from NYU School of Law and her B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

Susan Bitensky
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bitensky(at)law.msu.edu

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Upon graduation from law school, Professor Bitensky served as assistant general counsel to the United Steelworkers of America for three years in Pittsburgh, followed by four years of private practice with a Manhattan labor law firm. Before joining the Law College faculty in 1988, she was associate counsel to the New York City Board of Education for six years during which time she dealt mainly with commercial law and education law matters. Professor Bitensky has published a book Corporal Punishment of Children: A Human Rights Violation (Transnational Publishers 2006); a chapter of an American Bar Association volume; a piece in an encyclopedia on childhood, issued by The University of Chicago Press; as well as a host of law review articles in leading journals such as Northwestern University Law Reviewand Notre Dame Law Review. She has also presented papers at numerous international symposia. Her scholarship focuses on children's rights under the federal Constitution and international human rights law. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Before college, Professor Bitensky was an apprentice to the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company. She teaches Evidence, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, and International Human Rights Law.

Matthew Conn
College: Social Science
Department: History/Human Development Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: connmatt(at)msu.edu

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Matthew Conn’s research focuses primarily on the history of LGBTQ rights, and his book manuscript "Feeling Same-Sex Desire" and recent conference presentations concern the history of queer life in German-speaking Central Europe. At MSU, he teaches ISS 308, Social Science approaches to Law, which focuses on gender, race, and sexuality in the American legal system. Dr. Conn holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa.  


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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