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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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Emily Conroy-Krutz
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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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.

Jualynne Dodson
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dodsonj2(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jualynne Dodson is Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Program in African American & African Studies at Michigan State University and the founding Director of the African Atlantic Research Team. She earned the PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley with a specialization in religion. Her research agenda focuses on religion and culture of African descendants in the Americas. She has written several articles and books on such topics as Women and Religion, Cuba’s Distinct Religions, the African Diaspora and Religion, Mentoring Racial Ethnic Students, Qualitative Research Methods and the African Diaspora, and many others. Among graduate courses Dodson has taught are “Structural Inequalities: Globalization and the African Diaspora”, “Religion, Culture, and Racial Identity”, and “Cross-Cultural Qualitative Research Methods”.

Kristie Dotson
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dotsonk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kristie Dotson received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis. She also received a MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Literature and a BA in African American Studies and English Literature from Coe College. Professor Dotson researches in epistemology, feminist philosophy (particularly Black feminism and feminist epistemology), and critical philosophy of race.

Kirsten Fermaglich
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: fermagli(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kirsten Fermaglich has been teaching history and Jewish Studies at Michigan State since 2001. Her interests center around the historical meanings and problematic nature of ethnic identity in the United States. She is particularly interested in secular Jews as both members of and outsiders to the Jewish community, in addition to the ways that gender, race, class, and family intersect with ethnic identity.

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

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Biography:

As the Coordinator of Urban Education Initiatives for the College of Education, 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.

Lisa Cook
College: Social Science
Department: Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: lisacook(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Lisa D. Cook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations (James Madison College) at Michigan State University. Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, financial institutions and markets, innovation, and economic history. As a Senior Economist at the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers during the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Cook worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


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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