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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 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
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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.

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.

Deanna Hurlbert
College: LBGT Resource Center
Department: LBGT Resource Center
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hurlber3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Deanna Hurlbert is the Director of the LBGT Resource Center at Michigan State University. In this role, she develops and implements educational and support programs to enhance student learning and wellness and serves as a diversity and multiculturalism consultant in the University community. She has served as a domestic and sexual violence survivor advocate and program coordinator and has professional experience in crisis intervention counseling. She worked as a public health training consultant for 15 years and has extensive experience as a presenter in the areas of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, domestic and sexual violence and substance abuse. Deanna is a proud Spartan alumni who earned a Bachelors Degree in Family and Community Services and a Certificate in Women's Studies here at MSU. She has also earned Masters degrees from Western Michigan University in Public Administration and Education. Dee is pleased to bring all of her education and experience into her work at the University.

Nicola Imbracsio
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Center for Integrated Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: imbracsi(at)msu.edu

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Nicola Imbrascio joined GenCen's affiliated faculty in Fall 2016.

Melanie Jacobs
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mjacobs(at)law.msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Jacobs joined the MSU College of Law faculty in 2002 and teaches Family Law: Child, Parent & the State; Decedents' Estates and Trusts; Property; and a seminar in Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Law. In October 2008, she was a guest lecturer at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. For the 2006-07 year, Professor Jacobs was awarded a Michigan State University Lilly Teaching Fellowship. During the Fall 2004 semester, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where she taught Family Law and Property. Previously, Professor Jacobs served as a Freedman Fellow and a lecturer in law at Temple University School of Law. Her additional teaching experience includes two years as a clinical instructor for the Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center at Harvard Law School and as an adjunct instructor at the Boston University School of Law. While in the Boston area, Professor Jacobs also engaged in private practice with the firm of Witmer, Karp, Warner & Thuotte and served as counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division. Professor Jacobs has written articles and given numerous national and international presentations regarding the need to establish legal recognition for nontraditional families. She has argued in favor of preserving nonbiological parental relationships to foster the best interests of children and her current research and scholarship focuses on moving beyond biological bases of parental determination and recognizing multiple parents.

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.

Songqing Jin
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: jins(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Songqing Jin joined the faculty at the Michigan State University in August 2007. He is appointed in the tenure system. His research interests are in the broad areas of microeconomics of international agricultural development. The main part of his research has been focused on rural land tenure and rural land market issues in developing countries. His past and current research also concerns other development issues such as rural non-farm development, rural labor migration, rural governance and economics of gender inequality. He has conducted fieldwork and other research activities in East Asia, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa countries during the past several years. Before coming to MSU, he was a research economist in the World Bank.


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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