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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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Assefa Mehretu
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mehretu(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Mehretu received a Ph.D. in geography from The Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Ethiopia, he has taught and conducted research in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, and Zimbabwe. Prior to coming to Michigan State University, he served at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia as assistant professor in the Department of Geography and later became chairperson of that department. He also served as Director of the Institute of Development Research at Addis Ababa University for four years. Dr. Mehretu has been with Michigan State University since 1977 during which time he has served as associate director of the African Studies Center and professor of geography. He has directed the Rome Social Science Program in Italy since 1992. He has held research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, and various MSU research grants which have enabled him to fund sabbaticals and field work in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe . He has also served as a consultant for USAID and the World Bank with field work in Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau. His research interests lie in African development, regional development and theories and patterns of socioeconomic marginalization in the U.S. with particular reference to Michigan. In recent years, Dr. Mehretu has taught courses in world geography, regional development, economic geography, location theory and integrative studies in social science. His research publication interests continue to focus on African development, poverty and socioeconomic marginalization in poor and rich nations. He has published books, chapters, journal articles, and segments for various encyclopedias.

Jason Merrill
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: merril25(at)msu.edu

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Biography:

Jason Merrill is a Professor of Russian at Michigan State University and has served as the Director of the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman School of Russian since 2010. His literary research continues to focus on the Russian Symbolist author Fedor Sologub in the context of the Symbolist movement, examining questions of influence, plagiarism, and play with intertextuality in his works.

John Metzler
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: African Studies Center
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: metzler(at)msu.edu

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Biography: John Metzler has directed outreach programming for the African Studies Center since 1987. In this capacity he has worked with K-16 educators in Michigan, throughout the Midwest, and nationally on effectively integrating African humanities and social sciences into their curricula. Issues of peace, justice, human rights, and socio-economic development are central in these endeavors. John holds an adjunct position in the MSU Department of Teacher Education. In this capacity he has worked closely with the under-graduate pre-service global cohort program that seeks to engage students the integration of global themes across the teaching curriculum. Since 1993 John as co-led or led a six-credit summer study abroad program in Southern Africa Education, Society and Learning in Southern Africa. This program intentionally addresses issues of peace, justice, and human rights through its curriculum and by engaging students in service-learning projects. John has worked in Southern and Eastern Africa since 1972 and earned his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jessica Miesel
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Forestry
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Program: GJEC
Email: mieselje(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Miesel is interested in the role of biochar and other forms of black carbon in soil nutrient availability in natural and managed forest settings. Her research on wildfire and prescribed fire effects on soil ecosystem properties focuses on soil organic matter composition and carbon and nitrogen cycling. Her teaching experience includes coursework and community engagement activities to increase the awareness of intersections between ecology and environmental justice issues.

Elizabeth Mittman
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: mittman(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Liz Mittman's teaching and research interests include East German and postsocialist studies, film and visual culture, autobiography and life writing, memory cultures, and gender studies. She has published articles and review essays in Signs, Seminar, Monatshefte, German Politics and Society, the Women in German Yearbook, and Foreign Language Annals. She is currently completing a book project on gender, voice, and the search for "authenticity" in representations of the German Democratic Republic. An emerging new project explores the relationship between music and cultural memory in post-Holocaust German and American contexts. She has served on the editorial board of the German Quarterly and was lead organizer of the Women in German annual national conference, 2009-2011. Liz is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the German program.

Leslie Moch
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: leslie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I am an historian of European migration interested in movement since I was born in Seattle and headed out to camp as a kid, then to universities in Switzerland, Connecticut and Michigan and moved to upstate New York, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, and back to Michigan. Trained as an historian of France, I have written on France and Western Europe, and have now explored the history of migration in Russia. From this last venture will appear Broad Is My Native Land: Repertoires and Regimes of Migration in Russia's Twentieth Century, coauthored with Lewis Siegelbaum (Cornell U.P., 2014) a follow-up to The Pariahs of Yesterday: Breton Migrants in Paris (Duke U.P., 2012) and Moving Europeans: Migration in Western Europe since 1650 (Indiana U.P., 2003).

Ellen Moll
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Center for Integrated Studies in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mollelle(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I am interested in humanistic and interdisciplinary approaches to studying science. Areas of interest include interdisciplinary pedagogy, cultural studies of science, technology and society, gender and science, ethnicity and science, and epistemologies of science. My doctoral dissertation theorized ways that the humanities and sciences might interact to create new directions in socially engaged, transdisciplinary research and teaching practices. At MSU, I work in Curriculum Development for IAH, and I would be interested in developing general education courses that help students bridge scientific and humanistic ways of knowing. I would also be interested in contributing to research projects that engage with humanistic approaches to science, that study interdisciplinarity or transdisciplinarity, that consider how science education might interact with humanities education (science in the humanities classroom and/or humanistic or ethical subject matter in science education), or that draw on the work of theorists such as Haraway, Barad, Latour, Bowker and Starr, or other STS and humanistic approaches to science.

Terese Guinsatao Monberg
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: tmonberg(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Terese Guinsatao Monberg is a rhetorician interested in methods for locating, excavating, making public, and mobilizing the institutional memories of historically underrepresented groups, with a specific focus in Asian Pacific American and Filipina/o American rhetorical and historical legacies. More broadly, Terese's work examines the recursive relationships between rhetoric and culture, history and social justice movements, collective identities and civic participation. In addition to being on the faculty in the RCAH, Terese is a core faculty member in Rhetoric and Writing, and an affiliated faculty member in the Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies Specialization. Terese is currently working on a book-length project tracing the emergence of the community-based Filipino American National Historical Society in relationship to larger economic, social, and global changes impacting Filipino American communities after World War II. In a second and related project, she is looking at the role of home and place in designing civic engagement initiatives. Terese is a third-generation (mestiza/hapa/mixed race) Filipina American and among the first generation in her family to finish college. She grew up in Chicago.

Ann Mongoven
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Religious Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: mongove2(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I am fascinated by the nexus of religion, culture, and science in health care. I am also committed to enabling a diverse public to engage robustly in related policy-making. My research interests are shaped by experiences in institutional, state, and national policy forums as well as by scholarly influences: serving on a hospital ethics committee and a state review board for research on human subjects; working on the staff of a congressional commission addressing Medicare reform; and serving on a panel conducting national hearings on the allocation of scarce transplant organs. Currently I am the MSU director of a joint UM-MSU grant from the National Institutes of Health that develops community engagements to inform ethical policy-making for biobanking. (Biobanks are research repositories of human biological tissue samples.)

Georgina Montgomery
College: Social Science
Department: History/Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: montg165(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery received her PhD in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota in 2005. After teaching for two years at Montana State University, she joined Lyman Briggs College (75% appointment) and History (25% appointment) in the fall of 2008. Her research focuses on the history of field science, particularly the development of field methods and sites within primatology and animal behavior studies. Primatology is an international science and therefore her research also engages with issues of race, gender and globalization. Georgina M. Montgomery organized the international and interdisciplinary conference Animals: Past, Present and Future in April of 2009. Ten of the fifty-three papers presented at that conference are included in the volume, Making Animal Meaning, which Montgomery co-edited with Linda Kalof, Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. Montgomerys other publications include articles for the Journal for the History of Biology and Endeavour, book chapters for Teaching the Animal and a chapter on Darwin and Gender for the Cambridge University Press encyclopedia on Darwin. Montgomery also has a book manuscript (in progress) entitled, Primates in the Real World: Making Primatology Scientific.


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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