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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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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
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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
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Email: flennaug(at)msu.edu

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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.

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

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Courtney Cuthbertson is an Evaluation Specialist in MSU Extension. She earned her PhD in Sociology from University of Illinois in 2014, specializing in the sociology of mental health. Her research focuses on how biomedicine - including related knowledge, technologies, discourses, practices, and politics - is used to recast impactful social events as issues of individual pathology. Dr. Cuthbertson's research agenda has developed through projects in the areas of community; global and transnational sociology; health policy and health care; science, knowledge, and technology; gender and sexuality. She is currently developing projects in the areas of animals, mental health, medical care, and race.

Christina DeJong
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dejongc(at)msu.edu

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Christina DeJong is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research interests focus on violence against women, hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity, genocidal violence, and gender differences in policing.

Emine Evered
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: evered(at)msu.edu

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Emine Evered (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2005) is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. A scholar of the modern Middle East with a focus on late Ottoman and republican Turkey, her first book Empire and Education Under the Ottomans: Politics, Reform and Resistance from the Tanzimat to the Young Turks (I.B. Tauris, 2012) dealt with matters of educational policy and schooling in terms of society-state relations, identity politics, and international affairs. Since that time, her research and publications have focused on questions of public health, disease, sexuality and sex work, and intoxicants. She is presently completing her second book; it addresses the rise and fall of prohibition in the early Turkish republic.

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

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Dr. Anne Ferguson retired from her position as GenCen Director and Professor of Anthropology is January 2017. Anne continues to do research in the areas of development studies, gender, agricultural and environmental change, and medical anthropology. Her early work in El Salvador in medical anthropology focused 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. Her research in Malawi centers on the gendered social construction of agricultural technology and natural resource management programs and policies. She focuses on scientists, policy makers, and other development planners, as well as villagers and other actors in development initiatives. Dr. Ferguson has studied the social and cultural factors which underpin the maintenance of crop bio-diversity, examining how these factors shape agricultural technology improvement programs. She also has examined the social impacts of fisheries policies in Malawi. Currently, her research centers on the gender dimensions of Malawi's new water reform policies.

Deborah Johnson
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: johnsonn(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Deborah J. Johnson's research explores racially and culturally related development, parental racial socialization and coping, cultural adjustment from early childhood through emerging adulthood, in both domestic and international children and youth. Racial-ethnic identity development and the coping skills as a protective mechanisms of African American and other children in diverse settings, has been a central interest.


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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