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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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Jonathan Weaver
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: weaver71(at)msu.edu

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Jonathan Weaver is an Assitant Professor of Psychology. His research topics include: Beliefs about manhood and their implications for men's risk-taking, romantic relationships, attitudes towards gay men, and aggression; consequences of social norm violations; interpersonal relationships; note taking; and improving the pedagogy of teaching research methods.

Aurora Wolfgang
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: aurorawg(at)msu.edu

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Aurora Wolfgang is a Professor of French specializing in 17th- and 18th- century literature. She is author of Gender and Voice in the French Novel: 1730-1782 and co-editor and translator of Jacques Du Bosc's L'Honnete Femme: The Socially Respectable Woman (1632-36, Selections) and New Collection of Letters by Contemporary Women (1635). In addition, she has published articles on early modern women writers (Sevigne, Villedieu, Villeneuve, Graffigny, Riccoboni, Stael), gender politics, salon culture, and questions of style. She is currently working on an introduction and translation of the original version of La Belle et la Bete (1740) by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, who was part of the second vogue of women fairy-tale writers publishing in mid-eighteenth century France.

Darlene Clark Hine
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hined(at)msu.edu

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Darlene Clark Hine, a leading historian of the African-American experience who helped found the field of black women’s history, has been appointed Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious faculty appointment at the university. The appointment is in the Department of History within the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Hine will engage in research and other activities such as collaborating with MSU scholars and students.

Emily Huff
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Forestry
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: ehuff(at)msu.edu

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I hold a B.A. in environmental studies from Brandeis University, an M.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Forestry from the University of Maine. I am interested in the effect of humans on natural resources availability and quality. My research uses self-reported and observational data on human behavior, specifically on attitudes, values, preferences, and intentions that may (or may not) lead to behavior. I also collected experimental data on a variety of natural resource management topics and use predictive and exploratory modeling techniques such as agent-based modeling to understand how behavior and human interaction leads to natural resource management outcomes. Recently, I have explored gender in forestry, by studying female forest owners and their ownership context.  My stakeholders and subjects range from private landowners to natural resource managers and occasionally the general public. My work focuses most on forested systems, both rural and urban. I have also worked on human dimensions of wildlife topics and collaborate with scholars from ecology, psychology, sociology, engineering, and policy. My work is meant to inform better management, stewardship, and conservation of trees and other green spaces with the overall goal of improving human health and wellbeing while keeping the environment healthy and functional.

Allison (Lissy) Goralnik
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
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Program: GJEC
Email: goralnik(at)msu.edu

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Lissy Goralnik is an assistant professor of environmental studies and community engagement in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on how human/nature relationships in conservation and sustainability contexts shift due to experiential interventions; how learners develop responsibility for place, community, and/or complex socio-ecological systems; and how arts, humanities, and environmental science collaborations might help us better understand appropriate relationships with the natural world. With current interests in science identity, affective learning, empathy, engagement, resilience, and all kinds of environmental education, her research uses the tools of qualitative social science to explore questions about values and ethics related to natural resources, sustainable food system, and education problem-solving. She has a PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife and an MFA in creative writing.

Fredy Rodriguez-Mejia
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
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Program: GJEC
Email: rodri395(at)msu.edu

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Fredy Rodriguez-Mejia holds a PhD from MSU's Department of Anthropology, where his dissertation research focused on the articulation and intersection of gendered, ethnic, and racial identities among the Ch'orti' Maya of Western Honduras in the context of political activism, development initiatives, and the tourism industry. Before coming to MSU, Fredy completed a BA in Anthropology with an specialization in Latin American Studies from the University of Delaware and an MA in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. As an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Fredy now also serves as an affiliate faculty in GenCen's GJEC specialization. He is currently teaching ANP 325: Anthropology of the Environment and Development, and has previously taught ANP 410: Anthropology of Latin America, ANP 431 (Senior seminar on Gender, the Environment, and Development), ANP 370: Culture, Health, and Illness, ANP 320: Social and Cultural Theory, ANP 201: Introduction to Socio-cultural Anthropology, and ANP 200: Navigating Another Culture.

Catalina Bartlett
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bartl142(at)msu.edu

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My research concentrations include creative writing (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) crafted through the lens of social justice and decolonizing storytelling. Another concentration is literatures and cultural rhetorics, wherein I focus on Chicanx/Latinx and Indigenous literatures, land-based literatures, as well food, feminisms, and rhetoric. My other research concentrations center on diasporic and border theories, women of color feminisms, theories of the body, and affect theory.

Tamara Butler
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: tbutler(at)msu.edu

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Tamara Butler is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the African American and African Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests focus on critical literacies, youth activism and humanizing research methodologies. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State, Dr. Butler was a fellow in the 2012-2014 cohort of the Cultivating New Voices Scholars of Color fellowship program of the National Council for Teachers of English, and a 2012-2013 Bell Fellow for the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male.

Her current project focuses on the role(s) of storytelling and narrative in marginalized communities' fight for spatial justice, with specific attention to the stories of women of color. In her work, she explores how women of color's testimonies, narratives, and other self-authored texts bring attention to issues of injustice and the interstices of oppression. She suggests that these revelatory resistance narratives can catalyze critical conversations, healing and transformation within classrooms and communities.

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Core
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Email: edh(at)msu.edu

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Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University and Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab<https://www.familycommlab.com/>. She received her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University. Elizabeth's research focuses on communication processes in close relationships, especially in the context of family. Elizabeth has applied and extended interpersonal and family communication theories (e.g., family communication patterns theory (FCP), confirmation theory) to explore how family communication and support are associated with young adults’ academic, relational, and psychological well-being. Other current projects focus on changes in perceptions of family member marginalization over the life course and women's experiences in "traditionally male" career fields.

Chinwe Effiong
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Mastercard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: effiongc(at)msu.edu

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 Dr. Chinwe Effiong is Assistant Dean for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, while leveraging MSU expertise to identify and scale new opportunities for global youth education, entrepreneurship and empowerment initiatives. Before joining MSU, Dr. Effiong served as CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) in Africa, where she provided strategic direction and oversight for JA operations across sub-Saharan Africa. She worked closely with government, civil society groups and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness and promote support for programs that enabled young people in Africa to improve their livelihoods. Dr. Effiong has made significant contributions to the global mission to create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth, especially young women, residing in the world’s most marginalized communities. She designed the groundbreaking entrepreneurship curriculum for out of school youth, popularly referred to as ITS TYME (Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs). In partnership with Google volunteers, she also facilitated the creation of the JA SySTEM, an innovative curriculum designed to raise awareness about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among middle and high school students, especially girls, across Africa. Prior to joining JA, Dr. Effiong was the Director of Programs for Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for several years as Country Director for Nigeria and Regional Director for East and West Africa at Africare, a Washington, D.C. based, international development organization, addressing a wide range of development needs across the continent of Africa. Dr. Effiong started her professional career as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lincoln University, PA and served as interim Chair of the Department of Political Science there. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Dr. Effiong is a recognized thought leader in the field of youth education and entrepreneurship and has served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Effiong is a creative writer and motivational speaker.


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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