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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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Maria Lopez
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
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Program: GJEC
Email: mlopez(at)msu.edu

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Maria Claudia Lopez is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. Her research uses multiple methods, including field experiments from behavioral economics, institutional analysis, econometrics, ethnography, and participatory research, to understand how rural communities can collaborate successfully in the management of commonly held natural resources. She has done research in Colombia, Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, USA, Bolivia and Uganda.

Andrea Louie
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: louie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Andrea Louie, an Associate Professor of Anthropology, has conducted research exploring how ideas constructed around Chineseness as a racial and cultural identity have been reworked as transnational processes bring Chinese from different parts of the world into contact with one another. She is interested in using multi-sited ethnography to examine relationships between globalization and the continued importance of native origins and place for the rooting of identities.

Sheng-Mei Ma
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mash(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Facetiously dubbing himself Made in Taiwan for the U.S.A., Sheng-Mei Ma is a Chinese who has never stayed in China longer than one month in each visit, a Taiwanese who cannot speak the Taiwanese dialect, and an American whom mainstream Americans may view as perennially alien. A classic Asian Diasporic, Ma is Taiwanese to Chinese, waishen ren (mainlander) to Taiwanese, and perhaps Oriental to his fellow Americans. This background accounts for his specialization in Asian Diaspora/Asian American studies and East-West comparative studies, as well as for his persistent analysis of cultural marginality in five scholarly books in English to date: Diaspora Literature and Visual Culture: Asia in Flight (Routledge); Asian Diaspora and East-West Modernity (Purdue University Press); East-West Montage: Reflections on Asian Bodies in Diaspora (University of Hawaii Press);The Deathly Embrace: Orientalism and Asian American Identity (University of Minnesota Press, supported by the Rockerfeller Fellowship); and Immigrant Subjectivities in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Literatures (State University of New York Press). In addition to these works, he has published the following: a collection of his Chinese poetry, Sanshi zuoyou (Thirty, Left and Right), Chenmo de shanhen (Silent Scars: History of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military A Pictorial Book, bilingual edition), and numerous articles and book chapters. His current book project continues this trajectory in the study of Diaspora manifested in literature, film, and global culture.

Megan Maas
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: maasmeg1(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Megan K. Maas is an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies and core faculty member in the Research Consortium on Gender Based Violence at Michigan State University. Broadly, her research focuses on sexual development and technology use. Specifically, she is interested in the internet as a context for gendered sexual socialization through internet pornography use, social media, and sexting. Her current NIH-funded work examines online sexual experiences, HIV risk behavior, dating violence, and sexual assault among sexually abused and non-abused female adolescents. Dr. Maas also has extensive applied experience in sexual assault prevention and sexuality education for college students and K-12 student assistance professionals. She teaches courses on sexuality, adolescence and emerging adulthood, as well as research methods.

Marsha MacDowell
College: MSU Museum/Arts and Letters
Department: MSU Museum/Art, Art History and Design
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: macdowel(at)msu.edu

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MacDowell's work is centered in the study of the production, use and meaning of traditional material culture. This inquiry is grounded in an interdisciplinary approach to material culture informed by art historical, folkloristic, and ethnographic theories and methodologies. Special interests include critical examination of the role of museums in contemporary society; development of educational resources and public arts policies related to traditional arts; and development of strategies to make collected data accessible online and then to create tools to engage individuals in using these online collections for research and education. She has been particularly interested in developing research projects in collaboration with representatives of the communities and cultural groups and in being engaged in projects that have a positive impact on identified societal needs.

Current research projects include a history of South Africa quiltmaking; traditions of patchwork covers in China; quilts and health; the history and meaning of lau hala in Hawaiian cultural history; and the intersection of ethnography and museums in a digital age.

MacDowell is also a co-founder of the MSU Museum Studies Program and serves as one of its core faculty members and as the program's ENews editor and coordinator of internships.

Kristin Mahoney
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mahone95(at)msu.edu

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Kristin Mahoney, Associate Professor, Department of English, comes to MSU from Western Washington University where she was an Associate Professor in the Department of English. Her research interests include Victorian studies, modernism, queer studies, Decadence, and aestheticism. She has published articles in Victorian Studies, Criticism, Victorian Review, Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature Transition, Nineteenth-Century Prose, and Literature Compass. Her book, Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, focuses on figures associated with the fin de siècle who survived into the twentieth century and defiantly foregrounded their connections to the previous century in order to signal their dissatisfaction with the escalating militarism and aggression of the period. She is currently working on a project entitled Queer Kinship after Wilde: Transnational Aestheticism and the Family. Mahoney received both her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Deborah Margolis
College: MSU Libraries/International Studies and Programs
Department: MSU Libraries/Muslim Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: deborahm(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Deborah J. Margolis is Middle East Studies & Anthropology Librarian at the MSU Libraries. She began working as library liaison to the MSU Muslim Studies Program in 2011. Deborah earned an M.L.S. from Syracuse University School of Information Studies and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Boston. Deborah is responsible for developing library collections in Middle East area studies, Muslim Studies, Jewish Studies and Anthropology, and for teaching students to use and critically examine information resources in these areas. Research: Deborah works on community engagement, including organizing events and curating exhibits at the MSU Libraries related to Muslim Studies. Her research guides are available at http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/prf.php?account_id=10360

Sandy Marquart-Pyatt
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology/Environmental Science and Policy Program
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Program: GJEC
Email: marqua41(at)msu.edu

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Sandy Marquart-Pyatt is a comparative researcher with substantive interests in environmental sociology, quantitative methodology, political sociology, and comparative social change. I specialize in the application of advanced quantitative techniques to pressing global social issues related to the environment and politics including environmental concern, sustainability, and democratic values.

Dennis Martell
College: Olin Health Center
Department: Olin Health Center
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: martell1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dennis Martell is an expert on student health issues. He counsels students on some of the most important issues of college life: stress, sex and pregnancy prevention, alcohol and tobacco use, mental health and nutrition.

Ruben Martinez
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: mart1097(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Ruben O. Martinez is professor of sociology and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. His research interests include neoliberalism and Latinos, diversity leadership in higher education, institutional and societal change, education and ethnic minorities, youth development, Latino labor and entrepreneurship, and environmental justice issues. Dr. Martinez is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with the Michigan State University Press. He has three co-authored books: Chicanos in Higher Education (1993), Diversity Leadership in Higher Education (2007), and A Brief History of Cristo Rey Church in Lansing, MI (2012). His edited volume on Latinos in the Midwest was published in 2011, and his co-edited volume on Latino College Presidents: In Their Own Words was published in 2013. A co-edited volume on Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Needs and Directions is forthcoming from the American Psychological Association.


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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