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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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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 Imbracsio received her PhD in English from the University of New Hampshire. She specializes in early modern English literature, drama, and performance. Before receiving her PhD, Nicola earned an MFA in Directing and worked professionally in theatre. Her areas of interest include death, disease, and disability in the early modern period and the performances of such. She teaches courses on medieval and early modern British literature as well as general education courses dealing with the plague, fairytales and legends, and witchcraft. At MSU, she works in the Center for Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities as the Assessment Coordinator and as an instructor. She is from Boston, MA. 

Krista Isaacs
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: isaacskr(at)msu.edu

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My research program in seed systems for smallholder farmers is rooted in a transdisciplinary perspective that integrates participatory processes, crop ecology and plant breeding with gender studies. This research focuses on improving smallholder access and availability to preferred, quality seed in Africa and Latin America. Methodologically, I combine elements of crop ecology and qualitative methods to learn with farmers and understand their preferences and needs so we can generate innovative strategies for improving seed systems and maintaining genetic and agricultural diversity. I aim to practice an inclusive science, where the diverse and varied needs of all voices are heard and contribute to the process.

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.

Jessica Johnson
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jmj(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Michigan State University. Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent. In 2008, she founded African Diaspora, Ph.D., a blog highlighting scholars and scholarship in the field of Atlantic African diaspora history. She is also co-organizer (with Vanessa Holden) of the Queering Slavery Working Group. Her work in progress is a history of free women of African descent laboring, living, and traveling between eighteenth-century Senegal, Saint-Domingue, and Gulf Coast Louisiana.

Deborah Johnson
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: johnsonn(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Deborah J. Johnson's research explores racially and culturally related development, parental racial socialization and coping, cultural adjustment from early childhood through emerging adulthood, in both domestic and international children and youth. Racial-ethnic identity development and the coping skills as a protective mechanisms of African American and other children in diverse settings, has been a central interest.

Jennifer Johnson
College: Human Medicine
Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jennifer.johnson(at)hc.msu.edu

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Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D. received her BS in Applied Physics in 1995 followed her PH.D in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Brigham Young University, Provo Utah. She completed her postgraduate training at Brown University in treatment research and obtained a Master of Arts degree in 2013 from Brown University. Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist who conducts NIH-funded randomized trials of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and implementation of mental health and substance use interventions for high-risk women (including perinatal women) and justice-involved populations (such as prisoners and jail detainees).
Dr. Johnson came to MSU from Brown University in January, 2015 to help build an academically vibrant and socially responsive team of community engaged scientists based in Flint, Michigan, who will contribute to the Flint revitalization effort. She was the first member of the MSU’s new Public Health Research Collective in Flint, and she is happy to make her new home to live and work in Flint. Our community partners in Flint are among the most dedicated, passionate, and skilled in the world.


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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