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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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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 Rankin joined GenCen's affiliated faculty in Fall 2016.

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 Ratan joined GenCen's affiliated faculty in Fall 2016.

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.

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:
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.


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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