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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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Elizabeth Drexler
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: drexler(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Drexler is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of MSUs Peace and Justice Studies Program. In 2003-2004, as a Fulbright New Century Scholar, she initiated a research project examining how institutional forms such as tribunals and truth commissions shape individual and collective narratives about past violence and how these narratives contribute to the processes by which institutions of governance become socially and politically legitimate. Her research in Aceh, Indonesia, and East Timor explores how societies address legacies of political violence, emphasizing the relationships among institutions, transnational interventions, historical narratives, and contested memories in establishing a rule of law and reconstructing social and political lifeor failing to do so.

Ramona Fernandez
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: ramona(at)msu.edu
Kyle Evered
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: ktevered(at)msu.edu

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Biography:

Trained to study geographies of the Middle East and North Africa and the former Soviet states of Eurasia, most of Kyle Evered's research deals with topics associated with geographies of Turkey and its neighboring states. In particular, he has published on the cultural and historical geographies, political geographies, and cultural ecologies of the country and its wider regions. Some of his recent research concerns include geographies of the opium poppy, of health and wellbeing, and identity-place constructs (such as nationalism, territoriality, and regionalism).

Joseba Gabilondo
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: joseba(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Joseba Gabilondo is an associate professor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. He has published several articles on Basque and Spanish nationalisms, Atlantic studies, intellectual discourse, postnationalism, masculinity, feminism, queer theory, globalization, and Hispanic and Hollywood cinema. He is currently finishing two book manuscripts entitled Before Babel: A Cultural History of Basque Literatures (a cultural and postnational history of Basque literatures from the Middle Ages to the 21st century) and Atlantic Spain: Nationalism and the Postcolonial Ghost.

Andrew Dillon
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: dillona6(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Andrew Dillon is an assistant professor in the tenure system at Michigan State University in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. His current research focuses on household labor supply and education decisions, the interrelationship of agriculture, health and nutrition, and social network effects on technology adoption. His ongoing projects are currently being implemented with government agencies, private sector firms, and NGOs in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria.

Eunice Foster
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: fosteref(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Eunice Foster is a professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department. Previous research from Dr. Foster consisted of crop physiology, nitrogen partitioning and remobilization, physiological mechanisms of drought resistance in legumes. Dr. Foster's current work focuses on student recruitment & development and K-20 STEM Education.

Sheila Contreras
College: Social Science
Department: Chicano/Latino Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: sheilac(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Contreras received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published in D. H. Lawrence Review, Reflexiones, and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o Literature, Multi-ethnic literatures, the literatures and theories of travel and tourism, American Studies and Women's Studies. She teaches in graduate and undergraduate courses in American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies and Womens Studies.

Dan Clay
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: clay(at)anr.msu.edu

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Biography: Dan Clay is Professor and Director, Global Programs in Sustainable Agri-food Systems in the Department of Community Sustainability, and Senior Associate to the Dean, CANR. His work in agricultural and rural development focuses on issues of sustainable food and agricultural value chain development (high value exports), food security, food aid impacts, household livelihood strategies, relief-development linkages, conservation investments, sustainable agricultural intensification, and household survey methodologies. His current/recent research and international development activities include smallholder food security and coffee value chain development in Rwanda and Burundi; satellite-based methods for forecasting and famine early warning in Senegal; and horticulture value chains and food safety in Vietnam and Thailand (WTO sponsored) and Rwanda (EU sponsored). Dan's domestic research program focuses on sports analytics, notably the ecological and organizational determinants of performance and success in college athletics.

Danielle DeVoss
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: devossda(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Danielle Nicole DeVoss is a professor of Professional Writing at Michigan State University, and also serves as Director of Digital Humanities and Convener of the Creativity Exploratory for the College of Arts and Letters. DeVoss' research interests include digitalvisual rhetorics; feminist interpretations of and interventions in computer technologies; and intellectual property issues in digital space.

Deborah Feltz
College: Education
Department: Kinesiology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: dfeltz(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Deborah Feltz is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Education, at Michigan State University. Deborah is broadly interested in the Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity, with research focusing on understanding the interrelationships of self-efficacy, motivation, and performance in sport and exercise contexts. Her current research projects involve the using group dynamics principles and virtual partners in exergames to enhance motivation to exercise.


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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