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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 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.

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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.

Delia Fernandez
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: dmf(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Fernndez is a historian of Latina/o history whose work focuses on how Latina/os use panethnic identity to garner more political, social, and economic rights in the twentieth century. Her research and teaching interests also include the intersections of race, ethnicity, and sexuality in American history. She is particularly interested in immigration, migration, labor, social movements and women's history.

Kiki Edozie
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: rkedozie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie is a Professor of International Relations and African Affairs at James Madison College of Public Affairs and Director of African American and African Studies (AAAS) in the College of Arts and Letters. She is the author, co-author, editor of five books (two forthcoming), including The African Union's Africa (Michigan State University Press, forthcoming); and single author of several journal articles/book chapters in comparative politics of Africa, global development, democratization, and Pan African studies.

Laura Fair
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: fairl(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laura Fair is a historian of Tanzanian urban social, cultural and gendered history. Dr. Fair teaches a broad range of courses from surveys of pre-colonial and colonial Africa to graduate seminars on oral history theory, method and praxis. Dr. Fairs current project is a wide-ranging study of commercial cinema in colonial and postcolonial Tanzania. Cinemas, Cities and Audiences: The Business and Pleasures of Movie-going in Twentieth Century Tanzania, explores changes in exhibition, distribution and reception from 1900-2014.

Margaret Crocco
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: croccom(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Margaret Crocco's research has focused on issues of diversity, both national and international, within a social studies education context. Most prominently, she has investigated how women of the world have been featured--or ignored-- in global studies and world history courses, state curriculum frameworks, and teacher preparation programs. She has published work related to human rights education, peace education, women and religion, and cross-cultural representations of women in literature. She has also contributed to a project of leadership development in schools in India, led by Professor Bill Gaudelli of Teachers College, Columbia University, and to several curriculum design projects in conjunction with documentary films, such as Pray the Devil Back to Hell about women peacemakers in Liberia, by filmmaker Abigail Disney.

Maureen Conner
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: connerm(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Maureen Conner is a professor and director of the Judicial Administration Program and JERITT Project. She holds a PhD in Sociology from MSU with two distinct concentrations, first, the intersections of race, class, and gender; and second, the sociology of work and advancement of occupations to professional status, particularly those in judicial systems. She is an engaged scholar conducting field research, technical assistance, and continuing professional education in U.S. courts as well as Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Conner is guided by rule of law principles under constitutional governments ensuring access to justice, due process, and the guarantee of individual rights and liberties.

Melissa Fore
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: foremeli(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Fore's research engages African American literature, critical race theory, law and cultural studies to query the ways in which laws and social prohibitions against interracial intimacy create moments of erotic spectacle. Her work explores how the concept of race is both legally and culturally constructed, the contexts within which it operates, and the ways cultural and artistic texts influence, echo, and ratify these prohibitions.

Penny Gardner
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: gardne45(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Penny Gardner has taught in various departments at MSU. Along with a degree in American Studies, concentrating on Feminist Philosophy, Women's Studies, and Autobiography as Theory and Practice, Penny also came to MSU with a long-lived rich and varied history of activism in feminist and social justice issues. Gardner is an active member of her communities, serving as president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights and as a Commissioner on the Commission on Services to the Aging. She brings current and past history of extensive community involvement to her teaching of 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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