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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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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.

Laura Julier
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: julier(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laura Julier currently edits Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, an award-winning literary journal, and directs the undergraduate major in Professional Writing. She teaches courses in editing and publishing, grammar and style, environmental and place-based writing, and nonfiction. She was previously associate director of The Writing Center at MSU, where she worked extensively in professional development with faculty, consulting across campus on the teaching of writing. She directed the Faculty Writing Project for five years. Her publications include articles on service-learning and community-engaged pedagogies, on the narrative performance of the Clothesline Project, and on the rhetoric of gendered online voices. She received a Michigan Campus Compact Community Service Learning Award/Outstanding Faculty, and was a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow.

Linda Kalof
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
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Program: GJEC GDG
Email: lkalof(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the interdisciplinary doctoral specialization in Animal Studies. She has published widely in animal studies, recently edited The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies (Oxford University Press) and is series editor for The Animal Turn (Michigan State University Press). She has received two outstanding scholarship awards (the Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title for A Cultural History of Animals 2008 and the ASA Outstanding Paper Award from the Animals and Society Section 2010) and three outstanding teaching awards (State University of New York, George Mason University, and Michigan State University). She has served on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council Committee review of the US wild horse and burro management program, and her current research, illustrating animals in popular science, has received funding from the National Science Foundation.

Michelle Kaminski
College: Social Science
Department: Human Resources and Labor Relations
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mkaminsk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Michelle Kaminski, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations. She works primarily in the area of labor education, teaching workshops for union members and leaders on a wide range of topics including labor law, stewards training, collective bargaining, union leadership, workplace bullying, communication skills, FMLA, and basic economics. Professor Kaminski received the 2010 Wurf Fellowship from the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School for her work on gender and union leadership. She is editor of the Labor Studies Journal, the top academic journal in labor education. Previously, she was a bargaining unit chair with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Local 35, now part of CWA. She also served as University Vice President (program chair) of the United Association for Labor Education (UALE).

Angie Kennedy
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: kenne258(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Kennedy is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. She has been committed to working to end violence against women since the late 1980s, when she first volunteered as a domestic violence advocate as an undergraduate student. Dr. Kennedy's work focuses on cumulative victimization (including community and school violence, family violence, and intimate partner violence, or IPV) and associated outcomes among adolescents and young adults. She is especially interested in using innovative methods to examine patterns of co-occurring and cumulative victimization over time; she has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Current projects include a study examining how cumulative victimization (community and school violence exposure, witnessing IPV within the family, physical maltreatment by a caregiver, and sexual victimization) during childhood and adolescence predicts IPV victimization and perpetration over time within a sample of young women ages 18-24.

John Kerr
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
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Program: GJEC GDG
Email: jkerr(at)msu.edu

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Biography: John Kerr received his PhD in applied economics in 1990 at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 1999 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. His research interests are in international agricultural development and natural resource management. Focal areas of his research have been on adoption of agricultural technology and natural resource conservation practices, collective action and property rights related to natural resource management, and the interaction of these things with rural poverty in developing countries. He has lived in and conducted research in India, Mexico, and Egypt,, and conducted short term research in many other countries as well.

Kelly Klump
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: klump(at)msu.edu

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Biography: The Klump lab studies the etiology of eating disorders with an emphasis on genetic and neurobiological risk factors. Dr. Klump is particularly interested in understanding developmental differences in these risk factors across adolescence and adulthood, with a particular emphasis on the role of gonadal hormones and comorbid traits (e.g., personality traits) and disorders (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders). She approaches these research questions using a translational scientific framework that includes both human and animal models of eating disorder development.

Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: spk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Sheryl Kubiak is a professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Kubiak's interests are the intersections of mental health, including substance abuse and criminal justice at individual and systems levels. More specifically, Dr. Kubiak is interested in women in the criminal justice system, cumulative trauma exposure and PTSD, and clinical and organizational processes associated with treatment.

Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: kutnjak(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. She holds a doctorate in criminology (PhD, University of Delaware) and a doctorate in law (SJD, Harvard University). Her research focuses on comparative and international criminology, criminal justice, and law. Prof. Kutnjak Ivkovich is the author of Reclaiming Justice: The International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Local Courts (Oxford University Press, 2011; co-authored with John Hagan), The Fallen Blue Knights: Controlling Police Corruption (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Lay Participation in Criminal Trials (1999). She is the co-author with Carl Klockars and Maria R. Haberfeld of Enhancing Police Integrity (Springer, 2006), and co-editor with Carl Klockars and Maria Haberfeld of Contours of Police Integrity (Sage, 2004), which received American Society of Criminology International Division Honorable Mention. Prof. Kutnjak Ivkovich's work has appeared in leading academic and law journals, such as the Law and Society Review; Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology; Criminology and Public Policy; Law and Policy; Stanford Journal of International Law; Cornell International Law Journal; Policing and Society; Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management; Police Quarterly. She has served as Vice Chair (2009-2011) and Chair (2011-2013) of the ACJS International Section and is the co-founder of the Law and Society Association Collaborative Research Network on Lay Participation. Prof. Kutnjak Ivkovich is currently serving as the Chair of the ACJS International Section G. O. W. Mueller Award Committee, the Chair of the Croatian American Bar Association Vinodol Award Committee, a member of the ASC-DIC Student Paper Award Committee, an Executive Counselor of the ACJS International Section, a member of the 2014 ASC Organizing Committee, and a member of the International Criminal Justice Review Editorial Board.


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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