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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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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.

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).

Michael O'Rourke
College: Social Science
Department: Philosophy and AgBioResearch
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC
Email: orourk51(at)msu.edu

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Michael O'Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch at Michigan State University. His research interests include environmental philosophy, the nature of epistemic integration and communication in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and the nature of linguistic communication between intelligent agents. He is Director of the Toolbox Project, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research (http://toolbox-project.org/). He has published extensively on the topics of communication, interdisciplinary theory and practice, and robotic agent design. He has been a co-principal investigator or collaborator on funded projects involving environmental science education, facilitating cross-disciplinary communication, biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture, resilience in environmental systems, and autonomous underwater vehicles. He co-founded and served as co-director of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, an interdisciplinary conference on philosophical themes, and as co-editor of the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series published by MIT Press

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.

Charles Owen
College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
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.

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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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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