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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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Amy Nuttall
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: nuttall(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Guided by a developmental psychopathology perspective, Nuttall's program of research broadly focuses on processes of resilience and risk in the context of family stress with the broader goal of translating research into effective interventions. Nuttall is particularly interested in family relationships and roles (e.g., generational boundary dissolution), parenting practices, and child development under a variety of contexts of family stress (e.g., sibling with a disability, childhood bereavement, interparental conflict).

Patricia Obando Solano
College: Human Medicine
Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: PATRICIA.OBANDO(at)HC.MSU.EDU
Jennifer Olson
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: olsonjj(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer Olson is an associate professor in the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU.
She helped spearhead the Information and Communications Technology and Development (ICTD) program, a joint College Communication Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering undergraduate minor, research program and study abroad. In addition, Jennifer conducts research on the impact of climate change on agriculture and communities in East and Southern Africa in projects funded by NSF, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID.

Esther Onaga
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: onaga(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Esther Onaga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. After receiving her doctoral degree she became a project manager for a series of national experiments on social change of mental hospitals and universities funded by National Institutes of Mental Health. Her research focused moved from innovation diffusion to implementation. Her multi-year project on Supported Employment for the State of Michigan resulted in a disseminiation of on-going training for staff providing employment supports for people with disabilities. With funding from the Flinn Foundation she began a multi-year study of Michigan psychosocial clubhouses. In her teaching assignments she provided faculty support on the use service learning with their courses on diversity. In the summer she is the faculty for the Hawaii Study Away and Internship program where service learning plays a central role in educating students about the enthnic diversity in Hawaii. In 2008 she received the All University Excellence in Diversity Award from Michigan State University and the College of Social Science Curricular Service-learning and Civic Engagement Award. She has a number of current outreach and research endeavors. She directs the Family Impact Seminars, one of 22 network sites, for state policymakers. With funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health, she is working on fidelity and implementation of clubhouses in Michigan and initiating the use of a longitudinal data gathering of all 44 clubhouses as a tool to promote program quality across the state. She is also co-PI on Youth Education and Support Plus funded by the Gerstacker Rollin Foundation. She is PI on a 3 year project on the Family Impact Seminar funded by the Kellogg Foundation through the Policy Institute for Family Impact Seminars. She is on the editorial review board for Excellence and Equity in Education. She is a reviewer for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Her most recent focus is in the creation of inclusive healthy communities with a focus on people with disabilities.

Charles Owen
College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: cbowen(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Charles Owen is director of the Media and Entertainment Technologies Laboratory and a member of the MSU Media, Interface, and Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Laboratory. His research interests include multimedia systems, multimedia databases and information retrieval, image and signal processing, and multimedia authoring systems.

Lynn Paine
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: painel(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lynn Paine is assistant dean for International Studies in the College of Education. She also is a professor of teacher education, and an adjunct professor of sociology and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Her work focuses on comparative and international education and the sociology of education, with an emphasis on the relationship between educational policy and practice, the links between education and social change and issues of inequality and diversity. Much of her work has involved the comparative study of teachers, teaching and teacher education, supported by research in China, the United States and England. Dr. Paine's work on learning in and from practice draws on her ongoing comparative research of teacher education.

Tessa Paneth-Pollak
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Art, Art History and Design
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: panethp1(at)msu.edu

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Tessa Paneth-Pollak is an Assistant Professor in Art History and Visual Culture. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art and theory, with a focus on prewar European modernism. She is at work on her first book project titled Definite Means: Modernism's Cut-Outs, whose core analysis of the book centers on the cut-out practices of three major modernist sculptors: Auguste Rodin, Hans (Jean) Arp, and Henri Matisse, argues that artists turned to cutting out (as opposed to collage) as a means to answer urgent questions about the abstract artwork in the period and to negotiate some of modernism's key dialectics -between the organic and the mechanistic and between vitality and violence.

Ruben Parra Cardona
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies/Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: parracar(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the family therapy program at Michigan State University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies. He is also Associate Director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (RCGV). He is currently involved in NIDA-funded research focused on the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino/a populations. This program of research was previously funded by NIMH. He also conducts research focused on examining the cultural relevance of services for Latina survivors and Latino men who batter. Dr. Parra-Cardona serves on the editorial boards of three leading journals in the fields of family therapy and family studies (Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Family Process, and Family Relations).

Jane Payumo
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Entomology
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: payumoja(at)msu.edu

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The major emphasis of Jane Payumo's research has been the analysis of the impact of worldwide strengthening of IPR to the access, generation and commercialization of modern innovations in agriculture, the backbone of majority of emerging countries and trade partners of U.S. Impact analysis involves the use of quantitative and qualitative data in designing econometric models. Payumo has a joint faculty appointment in the Crop and Soil Sciences and International Programs of Washington State University.

Javier Pescador
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: pescador(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Javier Pescador is a full professor since 2009. He regularly teaches history of Mexicans in the United States, American Sports History and College Sports History. His research agenda focuses on Mexican cultures in the United States (sports, religion, leisure, photography, media) and American sports culture in the 20th century and global era. http://pescadorartephotography.wordpress.com


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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