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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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Julia Grant
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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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.

Carin Graves
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: gravesc(at)msu.edu

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Carin Graves has an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.  She is currently the subject liaison librarian for Sociology, Social Work, and Human Development and Family Studies.  In this position, she selects material for the library, provides instruction sessions on the library’s resources, offers research consultations with faculty and students, and works at the reference desk in the main library.  Due to her subject responsibilities, Carin has a strong interest in collaborating with researchers and students in the social sciences with particular attention on the importance of gender, intersectionality, and social justice in each of these areas. Carin’s personal interests include the intersections of gender, market demands, and changing international relationships as they relate to foodways in addition to inclusive approaches to teaching these subjects.

Katie Gregory
College: Social Science
Department: Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
Affiliation: Core
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Email: gregor22(at)msu.edu

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Katie Gregory, Ph.D. Michigan State University, is the associate director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence and an assistant faculty member in the Ecological-Community Psychology Program at MSU. Dr. Gregory’s most recent research has focused on the impact of batterers’ use of children on survivors’ and their children’s well-being. Dr. Gregory is interested in the way systems can facilitate or impede survivors’ parenting agency and the survivor-child relationship.

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.

Angela Hall
College: Social Science
Department: Human Resources and Labor Relations
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: athall(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University, College of Law and her PhD from Florida State University, College of Business. She has previously been on the faculties of Florida State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Angela practiced law full-time. Her research interests include employee accountability and employee legal claiming. She has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctorate levels including business law, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and employee training and development. Angela has also authored learning modules and cases for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Ron E. Hall
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hallr(at)msu.edu

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Ron Hall is a professor in the School of Social Work. His interests include mental health (individual/group psychotherapy), cutaneo-chroma, intraracial racism, bleaching syndrome, black/white conflict, organizational issues, and race relations/diversity. Ron is also an expert witness for the Federal courts on the issue of skin color and an international lecturer on skin color.

Rena Harold
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: haroldr(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rena Harold is a professor and Associate Director of the School of Social Work. Rena's interests are in family and development, including socialization practices of parents and teachers. Rena also has an interest in lesbian parent families, the impact of IT on adolescent development, and practice research, including program evaluation and using qualitative methodology.

LaShawn Harris
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: harri859(at)msu.edu

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Biography: LaShawn Harris is an Assistant Professor of History at MSU. Graduated from Howard University's Department of History in 2007, her research interests are 20th Century, Cultural, Labor and Working Class, Social, Urban, Women & Gender in the United States. She is the author of several published articles, including Madame Queen of Policy: Madame Stephanie St. Clair and African American Womens Participation in Harlems Informal Economy in Black Women, Gender & Families; Running with the Reds: African American Women and the Communist Party during the Great Depression in the Journal of African American History; Dream Books, Crystal Balls, and Lucky Numbers: African American Female Spiritual Mediums in Harlem, 1900-1945 in the Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, and Marvel Cooke: Investigative Journalist, Communist & Black Radical Subject in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism.

Rashida Harrison
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison College
Affiliation: Core
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Email: harri516(at)msu.edu

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Rashida L. Harrison, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Relations and Policy at James Madison College.   Her research focuses on transnational black and multiracial feminist social movements. More specifically, she is interested in how women build coalitions across social identities, political realities, and national borders. She uses the Black British feminist movement as a case study to examines the impact of Western empire on black women’s nationality and immigration rights, reproductive justice, and agency within public organizations. Professor Harrison’s teaching reflects her interest, and includes courses on social theory, comparative black social movements, and intersectional citizenship.

Kenneth Harrow
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: harrow(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kenneth Harrow is Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University. He received a B.S. from M.I.T., a Masters in English from NYU and a Ph D in Comparative Literature also from NYU. His work focuses on African cinema and literature, Diaspora and Postcolonial Studies. He is the author of Thresholds of Change in African Literature (Heinemann, 1994), Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Womens Writing (Heinemann, 2002), and Postcolonial African Cinema: From Political Engagement to Postmodernism (Indiana U P, 2007). His latest work, Trash! A Study of African Cinema Viewed from Below, was be published by Indiana University Press in 2013. He has edited numerous collections on such topics as Islam and African literature (including Faces of Islam in African Literature,1991), African cinema (including African Cinema: Postcolonial and Feminist Readings, 1999), and women in African literature and cinema. He has published more than 50 articles and a dozen chapters. He has organized numerous conferences dealing with African literature and cinema. He served as President of the African Literature Association, and was honored with their first Distinguished Member Award. He has also been honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University. In 2011 he was awarded the Distinguished Africanist Award at the Toyina Falola Annual Conference, University of Texas.


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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