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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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Pero Dagbovie
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: dagbovie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Pero Gaglo Dagbovie is professor of African American history and Associate Dean in The Graduate School. His research and teaching interests comprise a range of time periods, themes, and topical specialties, including black intellectual history, the history of the black historical enterprise, black women's history, black life during the Nadir, the civil rights-Black Power movement, African American Studies, hip hop culture, and contemporary black history. His books include Black History: Old School Black Historians and the Hip Hop Generation (Bedford Publishers, Inc., 2006),The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene (University of Illinois Press, 2007), African American History Reconsidered (University of Illinois Press, 2010), Carter G. Woodson in Washington, D.C.: The Father of Black History (The History Press, 2014), and What is African American History? (Polity Press: Cambridge, UK, 2015). He is on the editorial boards of The Journal for the Study of Radicalism and The Journal of Black Studies and is a lifetime member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Russ Freed
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: freed(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Russ Freed, plant breeder and administrator, has been involved in international development and breeding for over 40 years, working 8 years for IRRI, living in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines (1972-80) before coming to MSU in 1980. In addition to his breeding program, Dr. Freed was Deputy Director for the Bean/Cowpea CRSP for 10 years, Acting Associate Dean and Director of the Institute of International Agriculture for 2.5 years, 2 year sabbatical with the World Bank, Acting Director of Partnership for Food Industry Development Fruits and Vegetables (2 years) and Associate Chair of the Crop and Soil Sciences Department. Dr. Freed has developed and/or reviewed international development projects for USAID, Ford Foundation, the World Bank and consulting firms. He developed an agricultural research software program, MSTAT, which he sold to researchers in over 120 countries.

Sonja Fritzsche
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: fritzsc9(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sonja Fritzsche is Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and Professor of German and an affiliated faculty of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program. Her research focuses on (East) German literature and film, Heimat discourse, ecotopia, and science fiction. She is the editor of the book series World Science Fiction Studies with Peter Lang. Her publications include: The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, editor (Liverpool University Press, 2014), Science Fiction Literature in East Germany (Peter Lang, 2006); articles in the German Quarterly, German Politics & Society, German Studies Review, Women in German Yearbook, Film & History, Extrapolation, Utopian Studies and Filmforum. She has received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Fulbright, among others. She currently serves as President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL). She is also on the editorial advisory boards of Extrapolation,the Brazilian science fiction journal Zanzal, and the Indian on-line journal Caesurae: Poetics of Cultural Translation.

Yomaira Figueroa
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: yomairaf(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Yomaira Figueroa works on 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic literature & culture. Her current book project, Decolonial Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Latinx & Afro-Hispanic Literature, focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. Framed with critical attention to theories of decoloniality, women of color feminisms, and feminist philosophy, the book complicates and enriches ongoing conversations and debates about diaspora and Latinx studies,migration and borders, race and cultural/linguistic belonging, and reparations and (Afro)futurisms.

Zsuzsanna Fluck
College: Business
Department: Finance
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: fluck(at)broad.msu.edu

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Biography: Zsuzsanna Fluck's research expertise is on Financial contracting; security design; mergers and acquisitions; corporate restructuring; corporate governance; venture capital; and private equity.

Diane Ebert-May
College: Natural Science
Department: Plant Biology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: ebertmay(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Diane Ebert-May provides international leadership for discipline-based biology education research that integrates life sciences and cognitive science. She promotes professional development, assessment and improvement of faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students who actively participate in creative research about teaching and learning in the context of their scientific discipline. Ebert-Mays research group developed and tested a model for professional development workshops based on learner-centered teaching. They continue to investigate the impact of undergraduates design and use of models to build conceptual connections across scales in biology and are following students' progress through a sequence of the major's biology curriculum.

Masako Fujita
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: masakof(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Masako Fujita is a biological anthropologist specializing in contemporary human variation in micronutrient storage and metabolism. Masako's research focuses on the health and evolutionary implications of mother and offspring nutrition. Masako's research is a combination of epidemiological, biomarker and ethnographic methods to investigate biocultural pathways to malnutrition, particularly clarifying why some nutritional deficiencies and health issues persist today despite public health intervention efforts. Masako's work also evaluates the applicability of clinical nutrition and health research methods to anthropological studies in resource-poor, non-clinical settings.

Nancy Dejoy
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dejoy(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Nancy C. DeJoy is Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures and the Director of Academic Assessment Initiatives for the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. In Process This: Undergraduate Writing in Composition Studies she presents an approach to undergraduate writing that reconnects reading and writing to create a pedagogy of participation and contribution. Subsequent scholarship has focused on how research-based writing instruction can integrate information literacy activities in productive ways, especially by refiguring the relationship between reading and writing in ways that enrich content comprehension. DeJoy also co-coordinated (with the Provost for Undergraduate Education) the five-year long process of involving faculty, staff, librarians, and undergraduate and graduate students in the creation and institutionalization of MSUs undergraduate learning goals and assessment rubrics, including designing and leading a web development team to create an interactive rubric website for members of the MSU community. Her work in the College of Arts and Letters focuses on inspiring and supporting innovative teaching that addresses the needs of diverse learners and engages assessment practices that enhance teaching and learning.

Peter de Costa
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pdecosta(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Peter I. De Costa is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Peters primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA), though he researches other issues in applied linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners. Much of his current work focuses on conducting ethical applied linguistic research and sociolinguistic scales.

Sara Fingal
College: Lyman Briggs/Social Science
Department: Lyman Briggs/History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: sfingal(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sara Fingal is an Assistant Professor who earned her MA and PhD in history from Brown University. Her work to date ties together urban and rural history with an analysis of landscapes and ecosystems that transcend municipal, state, and national boundaries throughout North America. Her principal research interests are environmental history, North American borderlands, social movements, the Great Lakes, science and society, race and gender in post-1945 U.S. society and culture, and the Pacific shoreline from Oregon to Baja California Sur, Mexico. Presently, Fingal is working on her research and teaching courses on environmental history and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. She has a dual appointment at Lyman Briggs College (75%) and the Department of History (25%). Her current book manuscript is focused on conflicts over access and property rights along the Pacific coastline in the mid-twentieth century. Additionally, she is researching abundant natural resource management and the role of women, children, and scientists in environmental toxicity controversies.


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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