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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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Sheila Maxwell
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: maxwel22(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sheila Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on understanding the cultural and structural dimensions of offending behaviors and attitudes towards law and sanctioning. She is also interested in applying western-based theories and methodologies in non-western samples. Within these frameworks, Dr. Maxwell has conducted studies both within the United States and in international settings. Within the United States, Dr. Maxwell has examined such areas as the efficacy of court-mandated intervention programs, particularly the structure and effects of sanctioning within these programs. Outside the United States Dr. Maxwell uses western theories and methodologies to examine contexts of antisocial behaviors among Filipino youth, the structure of crime mitigation in slum intervention programs, and the utility of life-history techniques in understanding risk-taking and insurgency participation. She has received funding for her projects from local, state and federal sources including Michigan State University and the State of Michigan, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars of the U.S. State Department. She had published in various academic journals including Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry and Qualitative Review. Dr. Maxwell was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the Philippines in 2004, and was a pre-doctoral fellow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Development Research Institutes Inc. before coming to Michigan State University.

Christopher Maxwell
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
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Email: cmaxwell(at)msu.edu

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Christopher Maxwell is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University [MSU]. He is a member of MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University, Wales, U.K. Dr. Maxwell's research, scholarship, and engagement activities largely focus on understanding and improving how governments and NGOs can prevent and control intimate partner violence and violence against women. His sponsored research projects include several that have examined the benefits and costs of sanctions and therapeutic treatments for spouse abusers, the impact of police and court services on victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and other projects that have measured the epidemiology and control of violence including sexual assault by intimate partners. His current program of research focuses on assessing the extent to which intimate partner violence offenders are prosecuted and convicted, and testing whether or not more prosecution and sanction leads to less violence. He currently serves as a co-investigator of the National Institute of Justice's sponsored Evaluation of the [U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women] Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative.

Ellen McCallum
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: emc(at)msu.edu

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Ellen McCallum's teaching and research range across feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, aesthetics, American literature, and film studies. Her most recent books are The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (2013) and Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY2011), both coedited with Mikko Tuhkanen. Her forthcoming book, Unmaking The Making of Americans, takes up questions of aesthetics, form, temporality, emotion, and narrative, reading them through Stein's long novel (SUNY 2018).

McCallum's first book, Object Lessons: How to Do Things with Fetishism, reclaimed perversion as a productive paradigm for feminist theory. Through a close reading in the passages in Freud's work where fetishism appears, McCallum shows how fetishism undermines the precarious binaries of masculinity/femininity or perverse /normal or heterosexual/homosexual and that fetishism's disruption even troubles the subject/object binary that founds Western metaphysics. Fetishism's ability to produce a multiplicity of sexual differences and to negotiate loss through a generative practice of substitution and interpretation holds valuable object lessons for postmodern feminist theory.

Heather McCauley
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: mccaul49(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Heather L. McCauley is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University and Core Faculty in MSU's Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. Trained in social epidemiology and global health at Harvard University, her research focuses on the health impacts of relationship violence and sexual assault among marginalized adolescents and young adults, including system-based youth and sexual and gender minority populations. She is Principal Investigator on a NICHD-funded mixed methods study to understand the contexts of sexual minority women's abusive relationships and Co-Investigator on a NIAAA-funded cluster randomized controlled trial in 30 college health centers evaluating a brief clinical intervention addressing alcohol and sexual assault. Dr. McCauley serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY).

Steven McCornack
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: mccornac(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Steven McCornack is a leading researcher in the domains of relational deception and deceptive discourse production. His contributions to deception scholarship include the McCornack-Parks Model of Deception Detection, the Probing Effect, Information Manipulation Theory (IMT), IMT2, and the McCornack Falsification Probability Curve. Dr. McCornack is the author of the interpersonal communication textbooks Reflect and Relate and Interpersonal Communication and You, and the human communication text Choices and Connections. He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including the 2013 NCA Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship, the Amoco Foundation Excellence-in-Teaching Award, the MSU Teacher/Scholar Award, and the MSU Alumni Association Excellence-in-Undergraduate-Teaching Award. Steve was the 1999 and 2010 MSU Nominee for Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year. Dr. McCornack has been at MSU since the Fall of 1988, and currently serves as Coordinator for the Undergraduate Program, Honors Advisor, and Faculty Advisor to the Undergraduate Communication Association. His primary responsibilities as Undergraduate Coordinator are to approve credit transfers from outside institutions, review waiver requests, and resolve student problems.

Aaron McCright
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC
Email: mccright(at)msu.edu

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Aaron M. McCright is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. He also has an appointment in the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Most of Dr. McCright's scholarship spans the fields of environmental sociology, political sociology, social movements, and sociology of science and technology. His intellectual agenda is to enhance our sociological understanding of how political, social, and scientific dynamics influence society's capacity for recognizing and dealing with environmental degradation and technological risks. Dr. McCright is most well-known for his work to sociologically explain the political dynamics and public understanding of climate science and policy in the United States. Integrating theoretical insights from scholarship on power, social movements, media norms, and public opinion, his main contribution has been exploring how and why the American conservative movement and its allied climate change contrarians have effectively challenged climate science and policy in the United States for the last two decades. Recently, he extended this to theoretically explain political polarization on climate change in the American public. In total, his research increases our sociological understanding of the obstacles for dealing with climate change in the US and beyond.

Maureen McDonough
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Forestry
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: mcdono10(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Maureen McDonough is a professor emeritus in Forest Sociology and Social Forestry. Dr. McDonough's research interests are in the applications of social science to natural resource issues. Specific interests include public education about forest management, understanding nonforestry publics and participatory small-scale forestry.

Kathryn McEwen
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: mcewenk(at)msu.edu

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Kathryn McEwen is a fixed-term Assistant Professor of German and core faculty in Center for Gender in Global Context. Her research interests center on 18th- to 21st-century German-language literature and culture, particularly questions of gender, embodiment, and alternative forms of cultural production. She regularly teaches second- and third-year German, as well as courses in the Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities program.

Nathalie Me-Nsope
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics/Global Center for Food Systems Innovation
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: mensopen(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Me-Nsope joined the AFRE faculty at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2015 as an Assistant Professor, International Development. She is currently working with the Food Security Research Group, and her most recent activities include: analyzing the nutritional impact of staple food substitution in West Africa using quantitative methods; conducting case studies to understand how smallholder rice and cassava farmers in Ghana link to profitable markets; and a qualitative assessment of the impacts of USAID/Yaajeendes Pass on the Gift program, a Feed the Future project designed to reduce malnutrition in Senegals northeastern zones through the gifting of animals. Prior to graduate studies at MSU, Dr. Me-Nsope studied gender and development in Cameroon and in the United Kingdom, and was later employed with the Gender and Development Unit of INSER and Gender Lenses (LLC) in Cameroon. Since 2013, she has been serving as the Gender Lead for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), a USAID Innovation Lab at MSU. Dr. Me-Nsope has been part of several efforts to improve gender integration in agricultural programs and policies targeting household food security, nutrition and poverty through agricultural value chain development in West, Central and Southern Africa. She is familiar with USAID guidelines for gender integration in agricultural programs, and has provided technical assistance to USAID agricultural programs. She recently conducted gender analysis of agricultural value chains (Malawi, Mali, Chad, and Ghana) to inform the design of value chain interventions that will improve food systems outcome, reduce gender inequalities and empower women.

Laurie Medina
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: medina(at)msu.edu

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Laurie Medina is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Her research integrates issues in economic development, environmentalism, and indigenous rights. Her research on agricultural development in Belize links the construction and mobilization of collective identities to negotiations over development priorities and agendas. Her work on ecotourism in Belize focuses on efforts to combine economic development with conservation goals, as these intersect with struggles over indigenous rights to land. Dr. Medina's current project explores the complex negotiations involved in implementing ecotourism in several Mopan Maya villages in the tropical forests of southern Belize.


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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