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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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Merry Morash
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: morashm(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Merry Morash is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University with expertise in the areas of Women Offenders and Applied Research. She has enjoyed an extensive career in criminal justice that includes having directed and provided services in community-based juvenile, court, and prison aftercare programs along the Eastern Seaboard to positions consulting and training with state and local criminal justice agencies on gender-responsive corrections, organizational change, and assistance to crime victims. For two decades, she has concentrated on correctional programming for women offenders, management strategies for correctional agencies that focus on women, and assessment of recidivism risk across girls' and women's pathways to crime. Early in her career, Dr. Morash was part of a group that founded a children's visitation program in a Michigan women's correctional facility; and in 2010, she authored the book, Women on Probation and Parole: A Feminist Critique of Community Programs and Services that focuses on gender responsive and traditional probation and parole strategies for women offenders.

Kelly Morrison
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: morris15(at)msu.edu

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Research interests include interpersonal persuasion, health, and gender. Have been teaching at MSU since 1991 when began graduate career. Teaching awards include; University Excellence in Teaching Citation for Graduate Instructors, Lilly Teaching Fellow, and Mid-Michigan Alumni Club Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Collette Moser
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: moser(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Moser jointed the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics in 1971. Her research and outreach interests include labor economics and labor relations; wage determination; occupational education; labor laws; unions, collective bargaining; discrimination; poverty; public employment; occupational segregation; employment and training programs and policies; public employment; expansion of jobs in Michigan; rural employment and training issues; social security and welfare programs; women's centers and displaced homemakers; comparable worth; rural economic development especially in terms of Michigan; off-farm employment of farmers

Carrie Moylan
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: moylanca(at)msu.edu

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Carrie Moylan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. She received Masters in Social Work for the University of Michigan and her PhD from the University of Washington. Dr. Moylan's research interests include Gender-Based Violence, sexual violence, domestic violence, Community and organizational strategies for preventing and responding to gender-based violence, and Campus sexual assault. Carrie Moylan is also an affiliated for the Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence at Michigan State.

Brendan Mullan
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mullan(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Brendan Mullan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from the Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Mullan has served as founding Executive Director of the MSU Dubai Campus in the United Arab Emirates, as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Social Science (with responsibility for all undergraduate academic and student affairs in twelve disciplinary and professional departments and schools in the social, behavioral and economic sciences), and as Acting Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in the College of Social Science (with responsibility for the core curriculum for undergraduate general education in the social sciences at MSU). In 2006, Dr. Mullan was a fellow with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program (CIC-ALP). At MSU, Dr. Mullan directed the Michigan Databases and Policy Analysis Unit (1992-1998), providing statistical information, in-depth research analysis and reports and policy analysis for local governments, state government departments, nonprofit organizations, and local communities. Dr. Mullan is the author-editor of 3 books and over 80 scholarly and policy-related publications, presentations and reports on demography, community development, and international migration, and public policy. He has served as primary consultant to the Swedish International Development Agency on their Migration and Community Development in Southern Albania program and variously as consultant to the World Health Organization (2002-04), to the Michigan Department of Community Health (1998-2002), and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (1994-1996). In 2009 he was an invited participant to the inaugural World Innovation Summit ion Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar. His current research focuses on the socio-economic, socio-demographic, and socio-cultural dynamics of globalization, the causes, content, and consequences of international migration, and the interplay between globalization and migration. Dr. Mullan is an active participant in the American Sociological Associations sections on International Development and on International Migration. At MSU he is actively involved with the Center for Russian and European Studies and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development.

Edward Murphy
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: murph367(at)msu.edu

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Biography: My research and teaching explore themes of mass urbanization, inequality, domesticity, state formation, and political economy, with a particular focus on the property regimes of low-income groups. While rooted in the concerns and approaches of Latin American historiography, I also draw on the perspectives of other disciplines, especially anthropology. I have primarily focused on Chilean history since the 1950s, but I have also produced scholarship on Guatemala. In 2004, I published a book of collaborative oral histories in Santiago, Chile, Historias poblacionales: hacia una memoria incluyente. I have also been the lead editor of two volumes, the first on work at the intersections of anthropology and history and the second on modern urban housing regimes in global perspective from the mid-twentieth century to the present. My single-authored book, For a Proper Home: Housing Rights in the Margins of Urban Chile, is forthcoming in late 2014.

Alice Mwanda
College: Nursing
Department: Nursing
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: mwandaal(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Mwanda's areas of scholarship and expertise include improving health outcomes of underserved and vulnerable populations locally and internationally. Her scholarship expertise includes healthcare access, health disparities, health literacy, health promotion, Global Health research on women and pediatric populations, and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephanie Nawyn
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: nawyn(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephanie J. Nawyn is an assistant professor in Sociology and Co-Director for the Center for Gender in Global Context at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and migration, with a focus on forced migration and the ways that structural inequalities inhibit incorporation. She has begun a new study of human trafficking and migrant labor exploitation in Turkey. She has published numerous articles in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Gender & Society, Feminist Formations, and American Behavioral Scientist. She also co-edited a book with Steven J. Gold, The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, published in 2013.

Jamie Nelson
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: jnelson(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Nelson works primarily in bioethics, but is interested in a number of areas particularly moral theory (concentrating currently on the surprising results that occur when moral psychology meets the fiction of Jane Austen) and the more speculative reaches of the philosophy of language. She attempts to bring to bioethical questions resources from areas of philosophy that the current discussion tends to overlook. This has been rewarding in thinking through questions in reproductive ethics, pondering the just allocation of medical resources, and considering moral issues involved in caring for demented people. She is also interested in philosophical issues that arise from thinking about intimate relationships particularly families and family-like contexts.

Sarah Nicholls
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: nicho210(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sarah Nicholls is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment between the Departments of CARRS and Geography. She holds a B.Sc. in Geography from University College London, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. She has worked at MSU since 2002. Sarah's teaching in the Department of Geography includes GEO 259 Geography of Recreation and Tourism and GEO 459 Tourism in Regional Development. She co-leads a Study Abroad program, Caribbean Regional Development and Sustainable Tourism: The Dominican Republic Experience, each summer. Sarah is active in all aspects of Michigan's outdoor recreation and tourism industry she serves on the Ingham County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Equine Trails Subcommittee, the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association Education and Conference Planning Committees, and the Michigan Culinary Tourism Alliance. Research Interests: Sarah's research centers around two broad themes: tourism planning, development and impacts; and issues associated with urban parks. Recent projects have included the preparation of a tourism development plan for the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts; a series of studies of the implications of climate change for outdoor recreation and tourism in Michigan and the Great Lakes; and, GIS-based analyses of urban park access and equity for a variety of communities throughout Michigan. Sarah is currently involved in projects regarding agri-tourism development in Michigan and France and the adoption of environmental initiatives within the accommodations sector in Michigan. Her work has been published in a variety of parks, recreation and tourism journals, including the Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Analysis, Journal of Leisure Research, and Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. She serves on five journal editorial boards.


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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