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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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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.

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.

Joseba Gabilondo
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: joseba(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Joseba Gabilondo is an associate professor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. He has published several articles on Basque and Spanish nationalisms, Atlantic studies, intellectual discourse, postnationalism, masculinity, feminism, queer theory, globalization, and Hispanic and Hollywood cinema. He is currently finishing two book manuscripts entitled Before Babel: A Cultural History of Basque Literatures (a cultural and postnational history of Basque literatures from the Middle Ages to the 21st century) and Atlantic Spain: Nationalism and the Postcolonial Ghost.

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.

Heather Gasser
College: Natural Science
Department: Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE)
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: gasserhe(at)msu.edu

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Heather Shea Gasser currently works as the Assistant Program Director of RISE and is also a full time doctoral student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education PhD program at MSU. Heather has been appointed as Consulting Faculty with the Center for Gender in the Global Context at MSU. Heather's research interests include feminist leadership, social justice, and student engagement via student activism.

Jeanne Gazel
College: Student Affairs & Services
Department: MRULE (Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience)
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: gazeljea(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jeanne Gazel, Ph.D. is Director of the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE), an undergraduate race relations program dedicated to social justice at Michigan State University. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science, the African Studies Center, and the Center for Gender in Global Context. She specializes in race, class, gender, and intersectional analysis bridging theory and practice.

Carole Gibbs
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: gibbsca1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Carole Gibbs is an associate professor at Michigan State University with a joint appointment in the School of Criminal Justice and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Her research interests include environmental justice and corporate and white-collar crimes that harm the environment. She is one of the founding members of the Conservation Criminology research framework and certificate program.

Robert Glew
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Center for Advanced Study of International Development
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: glew(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Robert Glew is the director of the Center for Advanced Study of International Development and associate professor at Michigan State University. Dr. Glew has 25 years of experience working in African societies on issues of international development in the areas of coping and livelihood strategies, health, political and social change, education, and identity politics. He has taught courses on international development, cultural change, and socio-cultural diversity.

Jennifer Goett
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: goett(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer Goett is Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics at James Madison College, Michigan State University. She is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in political and feminist anthropology. Her research interests include race, gender and feminist theory, social movements, human rights, violence and the state, and critical security studies in Latin America. She has published work on indigenous and Afrodescendant social movements for multicultural rights in Central America, particularly Nicaragua, and on state sexual violence, racialized policing, and infrastructure megaprojects.

Steven Gold
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: gold(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Steven J. Gold is professor and associate chair in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Educated at Brandeis University, UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley, his interests include international migration, ethnic economies, ethnic community development and qualitative field methods. The past president of the International Visual Sociology Association, and past chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association, Gold is the author, co-author or co-editor of seven books including Refugee Communities: A Comparative Field Study (Sage 1992); From The Workers State to The Golden State (Allyn and Bacon 1995); Immigration Research for a New Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives with Rubn G. Rumbaut and Nancy Foner (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000); and Ethnic Economies with Ivan Light (Academic Press, 2000). The Israeli Diaspora (Routledge/University of Washington Press 2002) which won the Thomas and Znaniecki Award from the ASAs International Migration Section for the best book on international migration in 2003. The Store in the Hood: A Century of Ethnic Business and Conflict (Roman and Littlefield 2010) was published in 2010 and The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies with Professor Stephanie Nawyn (Routledge 2013).


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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