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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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Zarena Aslami
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: aslami(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Zarena Aslami's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Special areas of interest include empire, history and theory of the novel, feminism, psychoanalysis, and the digital humanities. She is the author of The Dream Life of Citizens: Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State (Fordham University Press, 2012), which explores how novels dramatized the feelings and fantasies of a liberal culture that was increasingly optimistic, as well as anxious, about the states capacity to step in and help its citizens achieve the good life. Her current book project, Sovereign Anxieties: Victorian Afghanistan and the Literatures of Empire, continues this line of inquiry, examining the affective content of political forms in a transnational context.

Isabel Ayala
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: ayalam(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Isabel Ayala, (Ph.D., Texas A&M) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her research agenda examines the social impact that the unique and complex racialization of Latinos in the United States has on their demographic and social behavior. Challenging the assumption that there is a common Latino experience, she argues that Latinos within-group differential opportunities for social mobility--based on today's more fluid and yet, still hierarchical racial structure-play a critical role in their differential fertility behavior and educational attainment. Moreover, she explores the role of identities in changing these structures.

Adrian Blow
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: blowa(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Adrian Blow grew up in South Africa and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. He is involved with several studies related to military deployment including post-deployment adjustment of Michigan National Guard Couples (MING), evaluation of the BuddytoBuddy program (a peer to peer support program), and other family based interventions. He and his collaborators work closely with the MING around issues of data collection, service delivery, and reporting to policy makers about issues related to reintegration. He is part of a multi-disciplinary research team studying spirituality, emotional wellbeing, and quality of life in women living with breast cancer. Currently, he is working on developing a family based intervention targeting improved quality of life in this population. He is also working on implement an HIV/AIDS intervention in South Africa.

Amy Bonomi
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bonomi(at)msu.edu

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Biography:

Dr. Amy E. Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Bonomi's research focuses on the health impacts, contexts for, and dynamics of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. She is currently conducting studies on campus sexual assault, and developing intervention tools to assist college students in decoding abuse, power, control and harm in relationships. In recognition of the impact of Dr. Bonomi's research in violence prevention, in 2011, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University's College of Education and Human Ecology. Dr. Bonomi is an associate editor at the Journal of Women's Health, and she is the Chair of MSU's Sexual Violence Advisory Committee.

Marilyn Amey
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
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Email: amey(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Marilyn Amey is a professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education and chairperson of the Department of Educational Administration. She studies educational partnerships, particularly those of community colleges, leadership, including how leaders learn, post-secondary governance and administration, and faculty concerns, including interdisciplinary academic work. Her current work focuses on education partnerships including a multi-year evaluation of a multiple- institutional interdisciplinary consortium and factors affecting student transfer and degree attainment.

Ann Austin
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: aaustin(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ann E. Austin is professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she has twice been selected to hold the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair. Dr. Austin’s research concerns faculty careers and professional development, organizational change in higher education, teaching and learning in higher education, doctoral education, reform in STEM education, the academic workplace, equity and inclusion in academe and higher education in the international context. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the past-president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and she was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998). She is a founding co-PI/Leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), funded by the National Science Foundation, and was the principal investigator of an NSF-funded ADVANCE PAID grant to study organizational change strategies that support the success of women scholars in STEM fields.

Valentina Bali
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: baliv(at)msu.edu

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Biography: VALENTINA A. BALI is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2001.Bali's research interests focus on policy processes, state politics, education policy, representation, electoral behavior, and quantitative methods. In the area of state politics and policy her current projects explore states' reactions to recent federal mandates affecting personal identification, and the evolution of statewide student information systems. In the area of electoral behavior she examines the relationships between terrorist activity and government approval. Recently she has taught graduate courses in quantitative methods and policy processes, masters level courses in quantitative methods, and undergraduate courses in education policy.

Allison Berg
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: berga(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Berg's research focuses on twentieth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on African American literature and on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. She has published articles on William Faulkner, Pauline Hopkins, Marita Bonner, the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary film. Her book Mothering the Race: Women's Narratives of Reproduction, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2002) examines African American and white women's novels about motherhood in the context of racial uplift, feminist, birth control, and eugenics movements. Her recent publications include: "Integrating African American Literature and Writing at a College of Public Affairs," in Integrating Writing and Literature in First-Year English (Modern Language Association, 2007); and "Trauma and Testimony in Black Women's Civil Rights Memoirs," in the Journal of Women's History 21.3 (Fall 2009). Professor Berg was awarded a University Lilly Teaching Fellowship for 1999-2000. She is the current faculty director of the James Madison Writing Consultancy and a core faculty member of MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen).

Soma Chaudhuri
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology/Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: chaudh30(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Soma Chaudhuri's research focuses violence, social movements, gender and witch hunts. Her most recent publication is her book titled, Witches, Tea Plantations and Lives of Migrant laborers in India. Chaudhuri is currently working on a project that explores how grassroots women leaders trained through various empowerment models, strategize individually and collectively against domestic violence in their communities. The research location for the project is in the urban areas of Ahmedabad and Mehesana, and rural locations in the district of Kutchch and Patan, in Gujarat, India.

Lawrence Busch
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: lbusch(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. He has been on the faculty at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Lancaster University (UK), and what is now the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). Dr. Busch's current interests include the use of standards in public and private policy making, biotechnology and nanotechnology policy, agricultural science and technology policy, higher education in agriculture, and public participation in the policy process and the consequences of neoliberal policies for democratic governance.


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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