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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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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.

Emily Conroy-Krutz
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: conroyk5(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Emily Conroy-Krutz is a historian of eighteenth and nineteenth century America, with a specialization in the international history of American reform and religion. She earned her PhD from Harvard University in 2012. Her book, Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic, was published by Cornell University Press in 2015 as part of the U.S. and the World Series. It examines the global reach of the American foreign mission movement in the years between the 1790s and 1840s and analyzes the missionary response to imperialism. She has published essays and articles on early American empire, Anglo-American connections in missions to India, transatlantic reform, and women’s education. At Michigan State, she teaches courses on American women’s history, colonial America, the American Revolution, the US and the World, and religion and American politics.

Lisa Fine
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: fine(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lisa Fine received her undergraduate degree from the New York State School for Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and her M.A. and Ph.D in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Professor of History and her specialty is US Labor, Working Class, and Women's and Gender History. Dr. Fine is the author of several articles and two books, The Souls of the Skyscraper: Female Clerical Workers in Chicago, 1870-1930, Temple University Press, 1990; and The Story of Reo Joe: Work, Kin, and Community in Autotown, USA, Temple University Press, 2004. The latter won several awards, including the Michigan Notable Book Award. She is also co-editor, with Kirsten Fermaglich, of the Norton Critical Edition of The Feminine Mystique, W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. Her present research project is on the relationship between the twentieth century U.S. working class and the land.

Steven Esquith
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
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Program: GJEC
Email: esquith(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephen L. Esquith has been working on ethical problems in developing countries since 1990, when he was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland. His primary scholarly work is Intimacy and Spectacle (Cornell, 1994), a critique of classical and modern liberal political philosophy. Steve has also been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools, including an exchange program between local elementary school children in the United States and schoolchildren in a community school in Kati, Mali. He led study abroad programs focusing on ethical issues in development in Mali in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 and spent the 2005-06 academic year teaching and working with colleagues at the University of Bamako as a senior Fulbright scholar. After consulting with the Malian Ministry for Reconciliation in 2013, he is returning to Mali in summer 2014 to lead a new study abroad program there to develop a local dialogue forum in collaboration with students and faculty from the Ecole Normal Superieure in Bamako and the Institute for Popular Education in Kati. After serving as chair of the MSU Department of Philosophy from 2000 to 2005, he became dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in 2006.

Valentina Denzel
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: vdenzel(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Valentina Denzel is an Assistant Professor of French Literature (17th and 18th century) at the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. Her fields of interest are: Italian and French Literature (15th – 18th century), Queer and Gender Studies, Narratology, Possible World Theory, Relation between fiction and reality, Querelle des femmes. She published several articles in this field of research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French literature and language. She is member of several national and international organizations (RSA, MLA, SIEFAR, EFIGIES,RING, SFLGC)

Amy DeRogatis
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Religious Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: derogat1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Amy DeRogatis is Professor of Religion and American Culture. She has taught at Michigan State since 1998. She is the author of Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism(Oxford University Press, 2015) and Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier(Columbia University Press, 2003). In December 2014 DeRogatis and her co-PI Isaac Weiner (OSU) received $30,000 for their Religious Soundmap Project of the Global Midwest. This project is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is a digital humanities project that aims to map the religious diversity of midwestern cities through sound. Over the next 18 months, her research team of MSU faculty and student researchers will make sound recordings of religion “in practice” in the Mid-Michigan area and integrate these recordings, along with interviews, visual images, and explanatory texts, onto a publicly accessible online mapping platform. Prof. DeRogatis has begun a new research project titled “Mormon King” on James Jesse Strang and the Strangite community on Beaver Island, MI in the mid-nineteenth century.


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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