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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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Sharon Ladenson
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: ladenson(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sharon Ladenson is MSU's Gender Studies and Communications Librarian. As a bibliographer, she is responsible for selecting materials in communication, telecommunication, and gender studies. She also provides specialized reference assistance and instruction in those areas. As a reference librarian, she provides general reference assistance to MSU faculty, students and staff. She also selects travel guides for the Main Library Reference collection. Please contact her to: Schedule an individual research consultation or demonstration of electronic resources, arrange a customized research instruction session and develop a course guide for your class, suggest additions to the MSU library's Women's and Gender Studies, LBGTQ, Communications and/or Telecommunications collections. Her research guides are available at here http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/prf.php?account_id=12198

Leah Lakdawala
College: Social Science
Department: Economics
Affiliation: Core
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Email: lkl(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I am an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University. My current research interests are development economics and labor economics. See more at http://econ.msu.edu/faculty/lakdawala%20/

Elisa Landaverde
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: elandav(at)msu.edu

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Elisa Landaverde joined GenCen's affiliated faculty in Fall 2016.

Maria Lapinski
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: lapinsk3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Maria Lapinski is joint-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at Michigan State University (MSU). She is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and in this role facilitates interdisciplinary research partnerships and identification of funding sources for faculty research. Dr. Lapinski received her doctorate in 2000 from MSU and her Master of Arts from University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her research examines the impact of messages and social-psychological factors on health and environmental risk behaviors with a focus on culturally-based differences and similarities. To this end, Dr. Lapinski has conducted collaborative research projects with her students and colleagues in a number of countries in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Central America, and Africa. Her work has been presented at national and international communication and public health conferences, published in refereed journals including The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Health Communication, Communication Monographs, and others. Her research has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and United States Department of Agriculture. Her favorite courses to teach are International Health Communication, Risk Communication, and Health Communication for Diverse Populations.

Ann Larabee
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: larabee(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ann Larabee received her PhD from the Binghamton University, and has taught at Michigan State University since 1988. Her dissertation was on women's theater and drama in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and she is known for her pioneering work on the drama of Djuna Barnes and Susan Glaspell. In more recent years, she has been interested in the relationships among technology, culture, and media. In 2000, she published Decade of Disaster, which examines cultural responses to technological disasters, from the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster to the Bhopal chemical leak. Professor Larabee remains interested in the cultural impact and representation of disasters. She is currently at work on a historical study of bomb-making among radical groups, exploring issues of technology transfer, constitutional restraints on speech, and the institutional boundaries placed around dangerous knowledge and instruction. With Professor Arthur Versluis, Professor Larabee is co-editor of the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, featuring interdisciplinary scholarly work on global radical movements. Professor Larabee is considered an expert on the history of terrorism and has contributed to the formation of the historiography of this emerging field. In 2008, as an offshoot of her larger study of radicalism and technology, she published The Dynamite Fiend, a biography of a Confederate agent who attempted to use a time bomb to blow up transatlantic passenger ships. Professor Larabee also publishes in the field of media studies, and is especially interested in the global mediascape. Professor Larabee has overseen dissertations in women and technological invention, cultural studies and radicalism, media and violence, and global media forms. She teaches modern and contemporary literature, drama, literary survey and introductory humanities.

Mara Leichtman
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: leichtm1(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Leichtman joined the anthropology faculty in 2005 and is helping to build the Muslim Studies Program. Her research highlights the interconnections among religion, migration, politics, and economic development, through examining Muslim institutions and the communities they serve. Dr. Leichtman's second research project will examine Islamic humanitarianism in the Gulf directed to global economic development, in particular in Africa. Dr. Leichtman was a visiting fellow at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, Germany, and the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World in Leiden, the Netherlands. She is a member of the International Editorial Advisory Committee for the journal Islamic Africa and served as Book Review Editor for Contemporary Islam.

Susan Linz
College: Social Science
Department: Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: linz(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Linz's research interests lie in economic transition, changing labor market conditions, business/economic conditions, entrepreneurship, and influence of personality traits/attitudes on employee performance. Her CV and more information is available at http://econ.msu.edu/faculty/linz/

Hui Liu
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: liuhu(at)msu.edu

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Hui Liu is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Before joining MSU in 2008, she received her B.A. and M.A. in economics from Nankai University, China, her M.S. in Statistics, and Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Liu's current research interests include population health and mortality, family and marriage, bio-demography of aging and the life course, LGBT population, sexuality, and quantitative methodology. Specifically, Dr. Liu has focused on using innovative quantitative methods to develop, test, and promote scientific understanding of marriage and family processes related to population health and well-being. Her interests in marriage also extend to other "marriage-like" intimate relationships such as same-sex cohabitation and sexual relationships, and how they are linked to population health and well-being.

Kathleen Livingston
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: living70(at)msu.edu

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Kathleen Livingston is a queer femme storyteller and community-based artist, organizer, and scholar. She earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing (Michigan State University), an MA in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (Michigan State University), and a BA in Women and Gender Studies (Oakland University).

Kathleen's research focuses on consent in LGBTQ culture and communities. She is particularly interested in using the community-based methods of self-education and peer education to teach consent. She believes that since U.S. colleges and universities are now required to have sexual consent policies, we have a responsibility to teach our communities what consent means in practice. She is currently working on a collection of lyric essays on the elements of consent. Kathleen sits on the Board of Directors of The Firecracker Foundation. She also works professionally as a contemporary circus performer, doing acrobatic and lyric storytelling.

Carolyn Loeb
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: loeb(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Carolyn Loeb is an art and architectural historian interested in arts complex and multi-voiced (and sometimes zany) dialogue with social realities. She joined the RCAH after teaching for many years in the art department at Central Michigan University, where her courses focused on modern and contemporary art, women and art, and modern architecture. In 1994 she taught in the Midwest Consortium for Study Abroads Vienna Program, where the city itself was the classroom. Carolyn's research focuses on themes in architectural history. Her interest in housing is reflected in Entrepreneurial Vernacular: Developers Subdivisions in the 1920s (Johns Hopkins Press, 2001) as well as in work on the municipal housing of Red Vienna. Recently she has been studying aspects of redevelopment in reunified Berlin. She has written on housing in East Berlin, planning decisions in the zone where the Wall formerly stood, redevelopments theoretical and historical underpinnings, and the relationship of contemporary public sculpture in Berlin to urban history, public space, memory, and redevelopment.


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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