The Center for Gender in Global Context currently has more than 275 affiliated faculty members from throughout MSU's campus, across 18 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.
Biography: Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology with a concentration in statistics, also from Michigan State University. For the past 25 years, she has been conducting community-based research on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on sexual assault. Dr. Campbell’s research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health. Most recently, she was the lead researcher for the National Institute of Justice-funded Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Action Research Project, which was a four-year multidisciplinary study of Detroit’s untested rape kits. Dr. Campbell also conducts training for law enforcement and multidisciplinary practitioners in civilian, military, and campus community settings on the neurobiology of trauma.
Biography: Marisa Brandt began teaching in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs College in Fall 2015. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego in May 2013. Between fall 2013 and spring 2015, she lectured in the Department of Communication and Science, Technology & Society Program at UC San Diego. While at UCSD, she also co-convened Center for the Humanities Comics Studies Research Group, worked in the Culture, Art & Technology Program, and collaborated with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in La Jolla to study innovations in mental health care using digital media. She is also vice chair of the Cultural Studies Association Working Group on Culture and War. Her work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. She is interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce. A mediatrix is a woman who mediates ideas, translating them across spheres to promote understanding, order, and unity. Mediatrixes have long played a crucial social role as science and technology writers. As a technomediatrix, she investigates sites of scientific and technocultural innovation both ethnographically and textually. Her work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. Shes interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce.
Biography: Mary Bresnahan currently leads 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. Her newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each others cultures. In addition, her research interests include culture & identity, spirituality & health, and barriers to organ donation.
Biography: Professor Borcila's current research is in post cold war cultural and literary studies (television, narratives of immigration and return, and travel writing). More generally, her research and teaching are concerned with such issues as the politics of representation and representing others, displacement, encounters between East/West, the construction and intersection of race, gender, ethnicity and nationality, and the role of television as a technology of nationhood. Professor Borcila has published and presented work on the tele-visual gendering of American identity and on post cold war representations of Eastern Europe.
Biography: Cheruvelil is an anthropologist and behavioral ecologist interested in Indigenous livelihoods and decision-making. He studies resource and land use choices and the role they play in community well-being (e.g., food security and health). His recent work with contemporary Indigenous communities explores gendered questions including the creation and negotiation of informal social institutions and how these roles facilitate the buffering of resource and social risk.
Biography: Dr. Allen has over 25 years of experience—as both development practitioner and researcher—assessing and co-creating inclusive approaches to economic development (based on gender, ethnicity, class, age), agribusiness, natural resource management and social justice. In her current work with the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), she teaches a seminar on Economic Development to visiting international Fellows, an online course on Gender and Development, and she contributes to program development for CASID and the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen). She holds a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology, with a Food Policy concentration, from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Allen’s research focuses on: the political ecology of agrifood systems and livelihoods in the context of globalization processes in Ecuador, Nicaragua, and most recently Rwanda and southwest Michigan; and the pedagogy of involving students in engaged, international research and development activities.
Biography: Kimberly Chung holds graduate degrees in foods and nutrition as well as agricultural economics. Her interests lie in the area of food and nutrition security and focus on how we may improve food access and utilization among marginalized populations. As a public scholar, Chung is an advocate of collaborative and participatory approaches to inquiry. Participatory approaches transcend the boundaries among disciplines and between expert and lay ways of knowing. More importantly, they create a means for scholars to engage with, and remain relevant to, the public. Chung has lived and worked in India, Guatemala, Mexico and Michigan, and is interested in how ordinary people may have more voice in the systems that govern their own food security situation. Her current work includes a Kellogg and CONACYT-funded project that focuses on the use of school gardens as a means to integrate nutrition and agroecological knowledge into the K-12 curriculum in Chiapas, Mexico and a USAID-funded project to examine nutrition-agriculture linkages in gardening projects in Cambodia. In the US she works collaboratively with community partners in food banks, low-income farmers markets, neighborhood centers, and schools.
Biography: Michael Bratton is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Michigan State University (see CV). He is the author of four books, most recently Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005, with Robert Mattes and E. Gyimah-Boadi) and over sixty articles and chapters, including in The American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, The Journal of Democracy, and The British Journal of Political Science. He is also a founder, former executive director, and now senior advisor to the Afrobarometer, a cross-national survey research project on public opinion in Africa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative and African politics.
Biography: Joanna Bosse is an ethnomusicologist and dance ethnographer. She has conducted fieldwork in dancehalls in the Midwestern United States, studying the performance of couple dance genres like salsa, swing, tango, and ballroom. Her work on popular culture involves the relationship between music and dance as well as the dynamics of affinity groups, cross-cultural encounters, and amateur performance. Her research on whiteness, race, and performance appears in The Journal of American Folklore, Dance Research Journal, American Music, and elsewhere. Before joining MSU, Joanna taught at Bowdoin College and Millikin University
Biography: 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.
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.