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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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Amanda Dubey-Zerka
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: dubeyama(at)msu.edu

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Amanda Dubey-Zerka is the Director of Continuing Education for the School of Social Work at Michigan State. Amanda's interests include sexual trauma, trauma treatment, domestic violence, crisis intervention, homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth, LGBTQ issues, nonprofit management, online/distance learning.

Amanda Flaim
College: James Madison
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: flaim(at)msu.edu

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Professor Flaim studies problems and paradoxes in human rights policy, including statelessness and citizenship, human trafficking, and the global expansion of rights to education and birth registration. Her current research projects explore the risk of trafficking among Cambodian and Burmese men and boys into the Thai fishing industry, and the causes and consequences of statelessness in Thailand and Nepal. Professor Flaim has consulted for several NGOs and United Nations agencies on a number of projects, including designing and leading two of the largest country-level surveys of stateless populations conducted to date. Prior to arriving at James Madison College, she was a postdoctoral associate and Human Rights Fellow at Duke University, where she taught courses on human rights, citizenship, migration, and qualitative and mixed methods research for public policy students.

Carin Graves
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: gravesc(at)msu.edu

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Carin Graves has an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.  She is currently the subject liaison librarian for Sociology, Social Work, and Human Development and Family Studies.  In this position, she selects material for the library, provides instruction sessions on the library’s resources, offers research consultations with faculty and students, and works at the reference desk in the main library.  Due to her subject responsibilities, Carin has a strong interest in collaborating with researchers and students in the social sciences with particular attention on the importance of gender, intersectionality, and social justice in each of these areas. Carin’s personal interests include the intersections of gender, market demands, and changing international relationships as they relate to foodways in addition to inclusive approaches to teaching these subjects.

Ron E. Hall
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hallr(at)msu.edu

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Ron Hall is a professor in the School of Social Work. His interests include mental health (individual/group psychotherapy), cutaneo-chroma, intraracial racism, bleaching syndrome, black/white conflict, organizational issues, and race relations/diversity. Ron is also an expert witness for the Federal courts on the issue of skin color and an international lecturer on skin color.

Rashida Harrison
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison College
Affiliation: Core
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Email: harri516(at)msu.edu

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Rashida L. Harrison, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Relations and Policy at James Madison College.   Her research focuses on transnational black and multiracial feminist social movements. More specifically, she is interested in how women build coalitions across social identities, political realities, and national borders. She uses the Black British feminist movement as a case study to examines the impact of Western empire on black women’s nationality and immigration rights, reproductive justice, and agency within public organizations. Professor Harrison’s teaching reflects her interest, and includes courses on social theory, comparative black social movements, and intersectional citizenship.

Ning Hsieh
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hsiehnin(at)msu.edu

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Ning Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research examines disparities in health and social resources within and between national and cultural contexts. Currently her work focuses on three themes: the link between mental health and social relationships in cross-national comparative perspective; inequalities in health, access to health care, and behavioral risk factors by sexual orientation, gender, and race; the association between functional and cognitive limitations, social interaction/isolation, and relationship quality among older populations. Overall, Dr. Hsieh's research seeks to understand how social, behavioral, institutional, and cultural factors contribute to health and well-being. Before joining MSU, Dr. Hsieh was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago.

Nicola Imbracsio
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Center for Integrated Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: imbracsi(at)msu.edu

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Nicola Imbracsio received her PhD in English from the University of New Hampshire. She specializes in early modern English literature, drama, and performance. Before receiving her PhD, Nicola earned an MFA in Directing and worked professionally in theatre. Her areas of interest include death, disease, and disability in the early modern period and the performances of such. She teaches courses on medieval and early modern British literature as well as general education courses dealing with the plague, fairytales and legends, and witchcraft. At MSU, she works in the Center for Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities as the Assessment Coordinator and as an instructor. She is from Boston, MA. 

Angie Kennedy
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: kenne258(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Kennedy is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. She has been committed to working to end violence against women since the late 1980s, when she first volunteered as a domestic violence advocate as an undergraduate student. Dr. Kennedy's work focuses on cumulative victimization (including community and school violence, family violence, and intimate partner violence, or IPV) and associated outcomes among adolescents and young adults. She is especially interested in using innovative methods to examine patterns of co-occurring and cumulative victimization over time; she has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Current projects include a study examining how cumulative victimization (community and school violence exposure, witnessing IPV within the family, physical maltreatment by a caregiver, and sexual victimization) during childhood and adolescence predicts IPV victimization and perpetration over time within a sample of young women ages 18-24.

Elisa Landaverde
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: elandav(at)msu.edu

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Elisa Landaverde is a Metadata Librarian at MSU Libraries. One of her main projects is the update and migration of the Janet A. Ginsburg Chicago Tribune Collection. She also has a secondary assignment in Special Collections where she assists with the processing of archives and manuscript collections. Elisa received an MLIS degree from Drexel University, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Bryn Mawr College. Some of her interests are science, technology, history, and lately YA fantasy.

Kathleen Livingston
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: living70(at)msu.edu

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Kathleen Livingston is a queer femme storyteller and community-based artist, organizer, and scholar. She earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing (Michigan State University), an MA in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (Michigan State University), and a BA in Women and Gender Studies (Oakland University).

Kathleen's research focuses on consent in LGBTQ culture and communities. She is particularly interested in using the community-based methods of self-education and peer education to teach consent. She believes that since U.S. colleges and universities are now required to have sexual consent policies, we have a responsibility to teach our communities what consent means in practice. She is currently working on a collection of lyric essays on the elements of consent. Kathleen sits on the Board of Directors of The Firecracker Foundation. She also works professionally as a contemporary circus performer, doing acrobatic and lyric storytelling.


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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