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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 18 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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Ann Austin
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: aaustin(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ann E. Austin is professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she has twice been selected to hold the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair. Dr. Austin’s research concerns faculty careers and professional development, organizational change in higher education, teaching and learning in higher education, doctoral education, reform in STEM education, the academic workplace, equity and inclusion in academe and higher education in the international context. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the past-president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and she was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998). She is a founding co-PI/Leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), funded by the National Science Foundation, and was the principal investigator of an NSF-funded ADVANCE PAID grant to study organizational change strategies that support the success of women scholars in STEM fields.

Mark Axelrod
College: James Madison College/Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: James Madison/Fisheries and Wildlife
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Program: GJEC
Email: axelrod3(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Mark Axelrod is an Associate Professor in James Madison College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. He has a PhD in Political Science from Duke University, and a law degree from Stanford University. Mark's teaching and research interests center around the negotiation and implementation of international law, with a particular focus on international environmental agreements. His dissertation addressed negotiation practices of rising and declining global powers, drawing on interview research and a random sample of multilateral treaties. Other research interests involve the influence of democratic institutions on environmental protection and treaty enforcement.

Isabel Ayala
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: ayalam(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Isabel Ayala, (Ph.D., Texas A&M) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her research agenda examines the social impact that the unique and complex racialization of Latinos in the United States has on their demographic and social behavior. Challenging the assumption that there is a common Latino experience, she argues that Latinos within-group differential opportunities for social mobility--based on today's more fluid and yet, still hierarchical racial structure-play a critical role in their differential fertility behavior and educational attainment. Moreover, she explores the role of identities in changing these structures.

Safoi Babana-Hampton
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: babanaha(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Safoi Babana-Hampton is Associate Professor of French in the department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. Her primary areas of teaching and research are 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures and film. Her book Reflexions littraires sur lespace public marocain dans loeuvre d'Abdellatif Labi (Summa Publications, 2008) critically examines of the role of culture in the construction of civic consciousness and the formation of a modern public space in Morocco. Her current research project is a comparative study of images of multicultural and transnational citizenship in literary and filmic productions from the Maghreb and the Maghrebi diaspora in France.

Dianna Baldwin
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing Center
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: baldw145(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Baldwin is Co-Director of the Writing Center at MSU. She is at the Writing Center to play, explore, teach, be taught, and create a space where other writers feel free and encouraged to do the same. In addition to working with students, she experiments with all forms of digital writing and composing; explores video games and virtual worlds in the writing process; investigates how comics create meaning in different ways and how students can use this medium for their own rhetorical purposes; researches how things like tablets can be used in the writing process as a means of creation and not just consumption.

Valentina Bali
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: baliv(at)msu.edu

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Biography: VALENTINA A. BALI is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2001.Bali's research interests focus on policy processes, state politics, education policy, representation, electoral behavior, and quantitative methods. In the area of state politics and policy her current projects explore states' reactions to recent federal mandates affecting personal identification, and the evolution of statewide student information systems. In the area of electoral behavior she examines the relationships between terrorist activity and government approval. Recently she has taught graduate courses in quantitative methods and policy processes, masters level courses in quantitative methods, and undergraduate courses in education policy.

Peter Beattie
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: beattiep(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Peter M. Beatties research focuses on nineteenth and early twentieth century Brazil and examines the interaction between the poor (including the enslaved) and state institutions. His most recent journal publication is Born Under the Cruel Rigor of Captivity, the Supplicant Left It Unexpectedly by Committing a Crime: Categorizing and Punishing Slave Convicts in Brazil, 1830-1897 The Americas 66:1 (July 2009):11-54. He has another journal article forthcoming The Jealous Institution: Male Nubility, Conjugality, Sexuality, and Discipline on the Social Margins in Imperial Brazil in Comparative Studies in Society and History.

Allison Berg
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: berga(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Berg's research focuses on twentieth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on African American literature and on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. She has published articles on William Faulkner, Pauline Hopkins, Marita Bonner, the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary film. Her book Mothering the Race: Women's Narratives of Reproduction, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2002) examines African American and white women's novels about motherhood in the context of racial uplift, feminist, birth control, and eugenics movements. Her recent publications include: "Integrating African American Literature and Writing at a College of Public Affairs," in Integrating Writing and Literature in First-Year English (Modern Language Association, 2007); and "Trauma and Testimony in Black Women's Civil Rights Memoirs," in the Journal of Women's History 21.3 (Fall 2009). Professor Berg was awarded a University Lilly Teaching Fellowship for 1999-2000. She is the current faculty director of the James Madison Writing Consultancy and a core faculty member of MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen).

Lisa Biggs
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: biggslis(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lisa Biggs is a performing artist and performance scholar. She earned a BA in Theatre and Dance at Amherst College, an MA in Playwriting and Performance Studies from New York University, and most recently completed a PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Building off her diverse experiences as an artist and activist, Lisa's current scholarship stands at the intersection of Performance Studies, Black Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Law. Recent publications include an analysis of Rhodessa Jones's solo play Big-Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women for the anthology Solo/Black/Woman, edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera (2013). Her ongoing interest in the performance of justice, law enforcement and prisoner rehabilitation is now expressed through research on the impact of theatre and dance programs for incarcerated women confined in the US and South Africa, and new collaborations with people whose lives are touched in other ways by criminal legal systems.

Susan Bitensky
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: bitensky(at)law.msu.edu

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Biography:

Susan Bitensky joined GenCen's affiliated faculty in Fall 2016.


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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