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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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Mary Finn
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mfinn(at)msu.edu

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Mary A. Finn is Director and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research addresses problems and issues directly related to justice policy and practice. She has collaborated extensively with local justice agencies, advocacy organizations, and divisions of the state government in efforts to bridge the world of academia and the world of policy and practice. Dr. Finn’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and Department of Corrections. She is currently doing research on how community contexts influence implicit bias in prosecutorial decisions. Her most recent publications appear in Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Victims and Offenders. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Finn served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Georgia State University and participated in the Harvard University program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and the Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

Katie Gregory
College: Social Science
Department: Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
Affiliation: Core
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Email: gregor22(at)msu.edu

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Katie Gregory, Ph.D. Michigan State University, is the associate director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence and an assistant faculty member in the Ecological-Community Psychology Program at MSU. Dr. Gregory’s most recent research has focused on the impact of batterers’ use of children on survivors’ and their children’s well-being. Dr. Gregory is interested in the way systems can facilitate or impede survivors’ parenting agency and the survivor-child relationship.

Karen Holt
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
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Email: holtkar1(at)msu.edu

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Karen Holt is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice whose research focuses on sexual deviance and offending, deviance and identity, and stigma. Her work has been published in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and Deviant Behavior.

Krista Isaacs
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: isaacskr(at)msu.edu

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My research program in seed systems for smallholder farmers is rooted in a transdisciplinary perspective that integrates participatory processes, crop ecology and plant breeding with gender studies. This research focuses on improving smallholder access and availability to preferred, quality seed in Africa and Latin America. Methodologically, I combine elements of crop ecology and qualitative methods to learn with farmers and understand their preferences and needs so we can generate innovative strategies for improving seed systems and maintaining genetic and agricultural diversity. I aim to practice an inclusive science, where the diverse and varied needs of all voices are heard and contribute to the process.

Jennifer Johnson
College: Human Medicine
Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jennifer.johnson(at)hc.msu.edu

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Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D. received her BS in Applied Physics in 1995 followed her PH.D in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Brigham Young University, Provo Utah. She completed her postgraduate training at Brown University in treatment research and obtained a Master of Arts degree in 2013 from Brown University. Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist who conducts NIH-funded randomized trials of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and implementation of mental health and substance use interventions for high-risk women (including perinatal women) and justice-involved populations (such as prisoners and jail detainees).
Dr. Johnson came to MSU from Brown University in January, 2015 to help build an academically vibrant and socially responsive team of community engaged scientists based in Flint, Michigan, who will contribute to the Flint revitalization effort. She was the first member of the MSU’s new Public Health Research Collective in Flint, and she is happy to make her new home to live and work in Flint. Our community partners in Flint are among the most dedicated, passionate, and skilled in the world.

Rowenn Kalman
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: kalmanr1(at)msu.edu

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I recently earned a PhD in Anthropology with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (MSU 2017). My dissertation, titled “Environmental Stewardship and the Production of Subjectivities: Indigenous, Scientific, and Economic Rationalities in Ancash, Peru,” examines how NGOs, rural farmers, mine engineers, and various state officials conceptualize and enact different versions of environmental consciousness as they attempt to assert authority over key resources like water. My principal case study of resource management in Vicos, Peru, illustrates the complexities of stewardship participation resulting from (and giving rise to) different aspects of multifaceted subjectivity including gender, indigeneity, economic incentives, and environmental science. I worked alongside NGO and civil society groups in the Andes while conducting this research, and look forward to developing future collaborations as I disseminate my findings. As GenCen's Graduate Student Advisor, I assist students in creating plans of study that increase their expertise on Gender and Environment (GJEC) and/or International Development (GSID).  I also teach introductory and upper-division courses in Anthropology and Women’s Studies with a focus on Cultural Anthropology, Gender, International Development, Political Ecology, and Latin America (e.g., ANP 201, WS 403, and ANP 325).

Sara McGirr
College: Social Science
Department: Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mcgirrsa(at)msu.edu

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Sara McGirr, PhD, is the Director of the Evaluation Division of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. She has a passion for evaluating systems change initiatives and innovative program practices, and for putting data to use to improve survivors’ health and well-being. Dr. McGirr received her PhD in Psychology from Michigan State University. Find a sampling of her work online at saramcgirr.com.

Xhercis Mendez
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy and African Americana and African Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mendezxh(at)msu.edu

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Xhercis Méndez is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy and African American and African Studies. She received her doctorate from the Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture Program at Binghamton University, along with certificates in Feminist Theory and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies.  As a scholar-activist her research departs from engaged philosophy that centers those bodies systematically devalued, marginalized and targeted for demise.  Her work brings together Women of Color and Decolonial Feminisms, Sexuality Studies, and Afro-Latinx/diasporic Religion and Philosophies in order to develop decolonial feminist methodologies, ingredients and tools for the (re)making of social relations, histories, intimacies, normative value systems, and resistant possibilities.  She has authored several articles to that end, including but not limited to the following: “Notes Toward a Decolonial Feminist Methodology: The Race/Gender Matrix Revisited” (2015), “Transcending Dimorphism: Afro-Cuban Ritual Praxis and the Rematerialization of the Body” (2014), and the forthcoming article for Radical History Review, “Which Black Lives Matter? Gender, State-Sanctioned Violence, and ‘My Brother’s Keeper’” (2016).  She is currently working on her manuscript entitled, An Other Humanity: Decolonizing Feminism through Methodological Interventions from the Dark Side.  Tied to her research and her experiences as a first generation college graduate, Xhercis is committed to diversifying not only academic spaces, but also the processes through which knowledge is produced.  Her pedagogical approach includes emphasizing a diversity of thought in the selection of readings, often including non-canonical texts produced by women and communities of color, queer, and gender non-conforming folks of color. She also works to create intellectual spaces where a diversity of experiences can find a voice, experiences largely marginalized within her own educational trajectory. Drawing upon her experiences as a former McNair scholar and Clark Fellow she has mentored and created workshops designed to prepare first generation students to face the challenges and possibilities of higher education.

Jacqueline Rhodes
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jrhodes(at)msu.edu

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Jacqueline Rhodes is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at MSU, where she directs the research consortium on Critical Diversity in a Digital Age (CEDAR). Her scholarly work focuses on intersections of rhetoric, materiality, and technology, and has been published in a variety of venues, including College Composition and Communication, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, and Rhetoric Review. Her book On Multimodality (co-authored with Jonathan Alexander; NCTE, 2014) won the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award and the 2014 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award. Techne, a book-length e-project co-authored with Jonathan Alexander, won the 2016 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship.  

Linda Sayed
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: sayedlin(at)msu.edu

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Professor Sayed is a social historian and scholar of the Middle East. Professor Sayed’s research explores issues of sectarianism, citizenship, religion, and nationality as it relates to familial affairs and gender norms in the context of Lebanon. Her most recent research examines the conditions of Syrian refugee in Lebanon with a focus on Syrians residing in the southern region of Lebanon. Her research assesses the ways in which Syrians negotiate health and social services. Professor Sayed’s research exposes the concerns over preventive, maternity and child health care, and the complexities that exist in both the structures of international aid, and the political infrastructure of Lebanon that limits the services Syrian refugees have access to. Her research intersects debates over citizenship, refugee rights, and public health policy. Prior to arriving at James Madison College, Professor Sayed taught at New York University, where she taught courses on Islam, gender, nationalism, colonialism, and Middle East history and politics. She holds a Master’s degree in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University. 


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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