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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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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.

Mark Axelrod
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: axelrod3(at)msu.edu

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Mark Axelrod is an Associate Professor in James Madison College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. He has a PhD in Political Science from Duke University, and a law degree from Stanford University. Mark's teaching and research interests center around the negotiation and implementation of international law, with a particular focus on international environmental agreements. His dissertation addressed negotiation practices of rising and declining global powers, drawing on interview research and a random sample of multilateral treaties. Other research interests involve the influence of democratic institutions on environmental protection and treaty enforcement. In Spring 2009, Mark is teaching International Environmental Law and Policy (MC/FW450) and International Political Economy (MC221). He also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on democracy and the environment.

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.

Catalina Bartlett
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
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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.


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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