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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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Courtney Cuthbertson
College: MSU Extension
Department: MSU Extension
Affiliation: Core
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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.

Louise Jezierski
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jeziersk(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Louise A. Jezierski is an Associate Professor of Social Relations and Policy and Comparative Cultures and Politics at James Madison College, Michigan State University. Her research includes revitalization of declining cities, especially the cities of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, local and regional economic and community development, race relations and social inequality. Some recent projects include community building in Lansing, MI, Soccer and Community Building in Detroit, MI, "Race/Socioeconomic Area Characteristics and Cancer - Detroit" funded by the National Cancer Institute, The Effect of State Legislation on Sub-Prime Lending, Michigan's Latino Communities, and funding from US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the National Hispanic Housing Council for a study on Hispanic housing access in El Paso Texas.

Linda Hunt
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: huntli(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Hunt has conducted research both within the US and in Mexico, primarily concerned with issues in health care and health research on Latino and other minority populations, focusing on ethnicity and health, the management of chronic illness, heath disparities, and the culture of biomedicine. In her current research she is examining the ways that health researchers and clinicians view minority populations, particularly how assumptions about cultural and biological difference are manifest in current health policy, interventions, professional training, research agendas and clinical practice. In one recent project she studied how clinicians present the opportunity for prenatal genetics diagnosis to Latinas and how those patients perceive and respond to the offer. In another, she examined how a group of genetic scientists conceptualize racial and ethnic variables in their work, and how these concepts both reflect and produce social constructs of racial and ethnic differences. In her most recent projects, she is studying how clinicians and patients use and interpret concepts of racial/ethnic genetic, socio-economic and cultural variation in their understandings of disease susceptibility and treatment response, and how electronic health technologies may drive clinical decision making and affect the health care provided to diverse patients. Dr. Hunt currently teaches Overview of Medical Anthropology; Minority Health Research; and Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology.

Alexandra Hidalgo
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hidalgo5(at)msu.edu

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Alexandra Hidalgo was born in Caracas, Venezuela and immigrated to the States at the age of 16. That experience has fueled her interests in gender, race, immigration, and memoir, which she explores through alphabetic writing and video scholarship and through her work as a documentary filmmaker. Her first feature documentary Vanishing Borders, the story of four immigrant women living in New York City and transforming their communities with their work, is currently screening at universities and festivals. Her current documentary project is the William and Santiago Documentary Series, a number of short and feature documentaries featuring the lives of her two sons and their relationship to each other. She co-founded and is the editor-in-chief of agnes films, a website that supports the work of women and feminist filmmakers.

Julia Grant
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: grant(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Julia Grant has taught at James Madison College for over twenty years, after receiving her Ph.D. from Boston University, where she directed the Women's Studies Program, and worked in a non-profit agency providing social services in a community setting. She has taught in the Humanities, Culture, and Writing Program and in Social Relations and Policy in courses ranging from the Politics of Disability to Education Policy, and Sexual Politics. She has been the recipient of a Spencer Fellowship, a Lily Teaching Fellowship, and the Teacher-Scholar Award. Her published work includes Raising Baby by the Book: The Education of American Mothers (Yale, 1998), When Science Encounters the Child: Perspectives on Education, Child Welfare, and Parenting [Teachers College, 2001), and a forthcoming book from Johns Hopkins entitled The Boy Problem in Urban America. She has also published articles on the history of childhood and gender, masculinity, and sexuality. An active member of the Center for Gender in Global Context, she has been acting director of the Center, and created a joint study abroad program between James Madison and Women and Gender Studies, exploring sexual and gender politics in the Netherlands. Her greatest joy has been guiding and advising students as they move through James Madison College to rewarding jobs and personal lives. She looks forward to the opportunity to continue to reshape the vision of James Madison College to meet the challenges of the 21st century, to broaden opportunities for students and faculty, and to be a spokesperson for James Madison as an exemplar of high quality undergraduate education in a large land grant university.

Juliet Guzzetta
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: guzzetta(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Juliet Guzzetta specializes in contemporary drama and performance studies, with a particular interest in Italian theater. Additional research areas include twentieth and twenty-first century literary cultures, performance studies and theory, feminist theory, and workerism. Her research has been supported by numerous grants including a year-long Fulbright grant to Italy and a fellowship at Harvards Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research. In 2013 she received her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures (Italian) from the University of Michigan where she was also a resident at the Center for World Performance Studies, and earned a graduate certificate in Screen Arts and Cultures.


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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