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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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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.

Anne Ferguson
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: fergus12(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Anne Ferguson, GenCen Co-Director and Professor of Anthropology, does research and teaching on development studies, gender, agricultural and environmental change, and medical anthropology. Her early work in El Salvador in medical anthropology centered on the impacts of multinational pharmaceutical firms' business practices on health care provided at pharmacies, and on the integration of these companies' products into lay and alternative medical practices.In the mid-1980s, Dr. Ferguson shifted her research focus to Southern Africa, where she has studied development initiatives in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, and water sector reform. Currently, her research centers on the gender dimensions of Malawi's new water and land reform policies. Much of Dr. Ferguson's research has been carried out in collaboration with colleagues at MSU and at the University of Malawi. Support for her research has come from the McArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Rockefeller Foundation, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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.

Terry Flennaugh
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: flennaug(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Terry Flennaugh specializes in race, culture and equity in education. His research focuses primarily on the educational experiences of Black males and other students of color in urban contexts. Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, he examines the sense-making processes involved in constructing identities that lead to high academic performance in urban schools. He also studies issues of educational access and equity for communities of color in addition to single-sex educational spaces for urban youth.


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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