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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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Salah Hassan
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: hassans3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: In addition to his position in English, Salah Hassan is core faculty in the Muslim Studies Program and in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities at MSU. His areas of research and teaching include postcolonial literature and theory, mid-20th century anticolonial intellectual movements, literatures of empire, and Arab and Muslim North American studies. His research projects have recently been oriented around the representation of Arabs and Muslims in the media and also projects of Arab and Muslim self-representation. He is the founder of the Muslim Subjects website and blog (muslimsubjects.org), and coordinator of the following projects on that site: "Migrations of Islam," "American Halal," and "Journal/Islam." Muslim Subjects was established with grant that he received from the Social Science Research Council in 2011. He co-curated RASHID & ROSETTA, an international online art exhibit on the theme of the Rosetta Stone, and is co-editor of a special issue of MELUS (Winter 2006) on Arab American literature. He co-produced the short documentary film, "Death of an Imam" and is currently producing a series of documentary films on Muslims in the US.

Juliet Hess
College: Music
Department: Music Education
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: jlhess(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Juliet Hess is assistant professor of music education at Michigan State University's College of Music. Her prior experience includes an appointment as assistant professor of music education at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University with a dual appointment in the School of Education. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary and secondary methods, foundations in music education, assessment in music education, and general music in the inclusive classroom. Hess received her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from the department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She received her masters and bachelors degree in music education from the University of Toronto. Hesss research interests include anti-oppression education, activism in music and music education, music education for social justice, and the question of ethics in world music study. Her doctoral thesis, Radical Musicking: Challenging Dominant Paradigms in Elementary Music Education, focused on the work of four elementary music teachers who strove to challenge dominant paradigms of music education in their classrooms. She performs as a freelance percussionist, choral musician, and drummer and dancer in Ghanaian performance groups. Her compositional focus is on works for choir and for solo voice and chamber ensemble. A vocal/chamber ensemble work called Cloths of Heaven: 5 Poems of William Butler Yeats was premiered in Toronto, Canada, in March 2015. Her published choral works are geared towards younger singers and are lyrical in nature.

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.

Brian Holcomb
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Center for Integrated Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: holcom31(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Holcomb's research interests include gender studies, queer theory, and narrative theory. His dissertation focused on western works (a study of wit as a queer narrative mechanism in the works of Oscar Wilde, PG Wodehouse, Anita Loos, and Dorothy Parker), and he has recently become interested in Chinese Modernism. At MSU, he teaches multidisciplinary classes that incorporate fiction, drama, and the visual arts to talk about culture. He is particularly interested in online education.

Karen Holt
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
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Email: holtkar1(at)msu.edu

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Karen Holt is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice whose research focuses on sexual deviance and offending, deviance and identity, and stigma. Her work has been published in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and Deviant Behavior.

Claudia Holzman
College: Human Medicine
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Affiliation: Core
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Email: holzman(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Claudia Holzman, Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1976, her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota in 1986, and her PhD degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 1996. Dr. Holzman has been involved in reproductive and perinatal research, primarily focusing on the areas of preterm delivery, brain injury in neonates, birth defects, and vaginal infections. In 1999 Dr. Holzman was awarded the Teacher/Scholar award from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. Currently Dr. Holzman is a co-investigator of a T-32 training program that supports doctoral and post-doctoral trainees in perinatal/pediatric epidemiology. Dr. Holzman initiated the Pregnancy Outcomes and Community Health (POUCH) Study, which prospectively recruited 3,019 pregnant women in mid-pregnancy from 52 clinics in 5 Michigan communities (1998-2004). The POUCH Study was funded by two consecutive R01s from NICHD and additional support from NINR. The goals of this study are to identify pathways to preterm delivery (e.g. infection, maternal vascular disease) by assessing social and biologic factors. Psychosocial antecedents in the preterm pathways were measured at the individual (participant interview) and ecological (community/ neighborhood conditions and resources) levels. Biologic markers and mediators are being evaluated in maternal serum, plasma, vaginal fluid, urine, saliva, and hair collected at mid-pregnancy. In addition, the study focus includes a detailed examination of the delivered placenta, linking specific pathologic findings to various preterm delivery pathways. An add-on component to the POUCH Study funded an at-home protocol for collection and measurement of stress biomarkers and blood pressure. This portion was supported by a PERI grant, in which Dr. Holzman was one of six international investigators to be funded by the March of Dimes Foundation in their first preterm birth-focused initiative. Later funding for the POUCH Study was garnered from the Thrasher Research Foundation and Centers for Disease Control to support of additional biomarker investigations. Dr. Holzman has also conducted a three-stage investigation of the epidemiology of bacterial vaginosis (BV) in non-pregnant women that was funded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. The first study was a cross-sectional assessment of risk factors for BV in 498 women in the Greater Lansing Area. A second study consisted of small focus groups of women who had recurrent BV. A third pilot study was a small clinical trial of douching cessation designed to assess the effects of vaginal douching on changes in vaginal flora.

Heather Howard
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: howardh(at)msu.edu

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My research examines the processes through which authoritative forms of knowledge around identity, responsibility and choice are produced; how these structure gendered and racialized inequities; and how these are historicized, contested and reconfigured in cultural, social service, and healthcare delivery organizations. My research is conducted in the U.S. and Canada, and focuses on minority populations, especially Indigenous peoples, where understanding of these processes has significant policy and applied implications, for example increasing autonomy and improving healthcare experience. My current research projects examine chronic illness management in primary care practices, Indigenous community-based healthcare provider organizations, and in a metabolic clinic which combines treatments of diabetes with obesity. My work critically examines the biomedical constructs of chronic disease, which obscure interrogations of the causal links and associations between society, economy, polity and the distribution of outcomes of disease.

Joan Howarth
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
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Email: howarth(at)law.msu.edu

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Joan served on sabbatical in 2016-17, and served as dean of the Law College from 2008-2016. Prior to her deanship, she was a professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, since 2001. There she was named William S. Boyd Professor of Law in 2003 and was instrumental in building the Boyd School of Law, founded just a decade ago, serving for four years as associate dean and helping to establish Boyd's early and strong national reputation. Most recently she has taught courses on foundations of law, constitutional law and on gender, and a Capital Defense Clinic. The scholarship for which she is most known focuses on gender and the death penalty. She is a leader in legal education through work with the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association, and the Society of American Law Teachers.

Ning Hsieh
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hsiehnin(at)msu.edu

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Ning Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research examines disparities in health and social resources within and between national and cultural contexts. Currently her work focuses on three themes: the link between mental health and social relationships in cross-national comparative perspective; inequalities in health, access to health care, and behavioral risk factors by sexual orientation, gender, and race; the association between functional and cognitive limitations, social interaction/isolation, and relationship quality among older populations. Overall, Dr. Hsieh's research seeks to understand how social, behavioral, institutional, and cultural factors contribute to health and well-being. Before joining MSU, Dr. Hsieh was a National Institute on Aging postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago.

Emily Huff
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Forestry
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: ehuff(at)msu.edu

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I hold a B.A. in environmental studies from Brandeis University, an M.S. in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Forestry from the University of Maine. I am interested in the effect of humans on natural resources availability and quality. My research uses self-reported and observational data on human behavior, specifically on attitudes, values, preferences, and intentions that may (or may not) lead to behavior. I also collected experimental data on a variety of natural resource management topics and use predictive and exploratory modeling techniques such as agent-based modeling to understand how behavior and human interaction leads to natural resource management outcomes. Recently, I have explored gender in forestry, by studying female forest owners and their ownership context.  My stakeholders and subjects range from private landowners to natural resource managers and occasionally the general public. My work focuses most on forested systems, both rural and urban. I have also worked on human dimensions of wildlife topics and collaborate with scholars from ecology, psychology, sociology, engineering, and policy. My work is meant to inform better management, stewardship, and conservation of trees and other green spaces with the overall goal of improving human health and wellbeing while keeping the environment healthy and functional.


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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