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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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Megan Maas
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: maasmeg1(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Megan K. Maas is an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies and core faculty member in the Research Consortium on Gender Based Violence at Michigan State University. Broadly, her research focuses on sexual development and technology use. Specifically, she is interested in the internet as a context for gendered sexual socialization through internet pornography use, social media, and sexting. Her current NIH-funded work examines online sexual experiences, HIV risk behavior, dating violence, and sexual assault among sexually abused and non-abused female adolescents. Dr. Maas also has extensive applied experience in sexual assault prevention and sexuality education for college students and K-12 student assistance professionals. She teaches courses on sexuality, adolescence and emerging adulthood, as well as research methods.

Heather McCauley
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mccaul49(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Heather L. McCauley is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University and Core Faculty in MSU's Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. Trained in social epidemiology and global health at Harvard University, her research focuses on the health impacts of relationship violence and sexual assault among marginalized adolescents and young adults, including system-based youth and sexual and gender minority populations. She is Principal Investigator on a NICHD-funded mixed methods study to understand the contexts of sexual minority women's abusive relationships and Co-Investigator on a NIAAA-funded cluster randomized controlled trial in 30 college health centers evaluating a brief clinical intervention addressing alcohol and sexual assault. Dr. McCauley serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY).

Carrie Moylan
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: moylanca(at)msu.edu

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Carrie Moylan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. She received Masters in Social Work for the University of Michigan and her PhD from the University of Washington. Dr. Moylan's research interests include Gender-Based Violence, sexual violence, domestic violence, Community and organizational strategies for preventing and responding to gender-based violence, and Campus sexual assault. Carrie Moylan is also an affiliated for the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence at Michigan State.

Jane Payumo
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Entomology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: payumoja(at)msu.edu

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The major emphasis of Jane Payumo's research has been the analysis of the impact of worldwide strengthening of IPR to the access, generation and commercialization of modern innovations in agriculture, the backbone of majority of emerging countries and trade partners of U.S. Impact analysis involves the use of quantitative and qualitative data in designing econometric models. Payumo has a joint faculty appointment in the Crop and Soil Sciences and International Programs of Washington State University.

Aaron Ponce
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: ponceaar(at)msu.edu

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Aaron Ponce is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. His work addresses core questions at the intersection of political sociology and global social change, focusing on international migration and immigrant reception. Most recently, his work has examined migration to the Nordic universalist welfare states and the influence of changing demographics on social cohesion across Europe. More broadly, Dr. Ponce seeks to uncover the causes and consequences of historic and contemporary social change linked to globalization with an emphasis on the construction and contestation of socio-cultural diversity (ethnic, religious, sexual, linguistic). Dr. Ponce earned his PhD in Sociology at Indiana University. He also holds a JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in International Studies from the University of Miami.

Joy Rankin
College: Lyman Briggs College/James Madison College
Department: Lyman Briggs/James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: profjoy(at)msu.edu

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Joy studies people who historically have not been considered scientists or technologists but who have, nonetheless, produced and applied knowledge about the natural world. She is especially interested in histories of gender, computation, mathematics, and community. Rankin is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, holding appointments at Lyman Briggs College in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science group and at James Madison College in the Social Relations and Policy group. Her current book A People’s History of Computing is under contract with Harvard University Press. Her next book will likely be a history of the (ridiculous) idea that girls can’t do math. Joy currently and enthusiastically serves as a Contributing Editor for the magazine Lady Science, focused on women in science, technology, and medicine. Her research has received recognition and support from, among others, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Information Technology, and the IEEE.

Rabindra (Robby) Ratan
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Core
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Email: rar(at)msu.edu

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Rabindra (Robby) Ratan is Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at Michigan State University's Department of Media & Information, with affiliate faculty positions in MSU's Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program, MSU’s department of Psychology, and MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context.  His research focuses on psychological experiences of media use, with an emphasis on interactive environments (e.g., virtual worlds, videogames, the road) that include mediated self-representations (e.g., avatars, cars). In has classes, he enjoys riding his skateboard, rapping, and experimenting with educational technologies to keep his students’ attention. He has a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication (USC) and an MA and BA from Stanford University. 

Elena Ruiz
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
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Email: ruizele1(at)msu.edu

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Elena Ruiz is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. She is also core faculty in Global Studies and the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at MSU. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and master's in Social and Political Theory from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Ruiz was a research fellow at Institut de Hautes etudes Internationales et du Developpement in Geneva, Switzerland.  Her primary areas of research are in Social and Political Philosophy, Feminisms of the Global South and Decolonial Theory. Her work examines the philosophical foundations of violence, the history of structural oppressions, and theories of harm (cultural, epistemic, linguistic, hermeneutic) in the context of violence affecting women and marginalized populations in the Global South.

Kristin St. Marie
College: Business
Department: Executive Development Programs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: stmarie(at)bus.msu.edu

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Kristin St. Marie is the assistant director of open enrollment programs for the Broad College of Business in the department of Executive Development Programs. She is responsible for developing, marketing and managing programs featuring the faculty of the Broad College of Business. Kristin manages over 40 programs and seminars per year ranging from one hour sessions to week-long engagements on the topics of leadership, strategy, finance, sales and marketing, and hospitality business. In addition to managing a wide range of open enrollment programs, she also facilitates several customized or company sponsored seminars throughout the year.

Veronique Theriault
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
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Email: theria13(at)msu.edu

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Veronique Theriault joined the MSU AFRE faculty in September 2011 as a Assistant Professor, International Development after completing her doctorate at the University of Florida. She is working with the Food Security Research Project on campus and intensively on various in-country research and outreach projects. Her areas of interests include development economics, institutional economics, production economics, and international trade in developing countries, especially in West Africa. She has recently conducted research on the effects of institutional changes and market-oriented reforms on the economic performance of cotton sectors in Benin, Burkina Faso, and Mali.


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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