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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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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).

Allison (Lissy) Goralnik
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
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Program: GJEC
Email: goralnik(at)msu.edu

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Lissy Goralnik is an assistant professor of environmental studies and community engagement in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on how human/nature relationships in conservation and sustainability contexts shift due to experiential interventions; how learners develop responsibility for place, community, and/or complex socio-ecological systems; and how arts, humanities, and environmental science collaborations might help us better understand appropriate relationships with the natural world. With current interests in science identity, affective learning, empathy, engagement, resilience, and all kinds of environmental education, her research uses the tools of qualitative social science to explore questions about values and ethics related to natural resources, sustainable food system, and education problem-solving. She has a PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife and an MFA in creative writing.

Meredith Gore
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources/Social Science
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife/Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: gorem(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Meredith Gore is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, a MA in Environment and Resource Policy from The George Washington University, and a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University. She is a social scientist working not only to improve the effectiveness of environmental governance but also reduce risk to people and the environment. Her work is motived by: 1) improving conservation social science methods, 2) generating knowledge for conservation problems, and 3) enhancing concepts of risk and their application to conservation. Currently, Dr. Gore teaches classes on Global Risks, Conservation and Criminology; Communication for Fisheries and Widllife Professionals; Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management; and Study Abroad in Madagascar.

Sue Grady
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: gradys(at)msu.edu

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I received my Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the City University of New York. My Ph.D. training was in health and medical geography at Hunter College where I conducted my dissertation research and I worked on various health-related projects. My research in health and medical geography focuses on women's health, specifically maternal and infant health. I am interested in understanding how local environments in which women live impact their health (i.e., increase the opportunity for infectious disease transmission and/or contribute to chronic diseases), which in turn, impair their pregnancies, leading to adverse maternal and infant outcomes. Most of my current research focuses on reducing maternal and infant mortality. I am studying perinatal regionalization in Michigan to improve our understanding of inpatient hospital referral patterns of high-risk African American mothers and infants.

Erin Graham
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: egraham(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Graham's work in is the field of labor and working class migration, as well as women and gender, focusing on Latin American and Caribbean regions.


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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