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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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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.

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.

Courtney Cuthbertson
College: MSU Extension
Department: MSU Extension
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: cuthbe16(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Cuthbertson's research interests are the sociology of mental health, community behavioral health, sociology of knowledge, globalization, medical sociology and gender, race, class, and sexuality.


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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