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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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Georgia Peterson
College: MSU Extension
Department: MSU Extension
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Program: GJEC
Email: petersog(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Georgia Peterson is a Natural Resource Specialist with MSU Extension, focusing on natural resource leadership and literacy. Her research interests include attitudes toward forest management practices among publics and resource professionals, and the processes by which management decisions are made. She also works extensively with public input and conflict management approaches within public natural resource management contexts.

Lillian Phenice
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: lphenice(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lillian Phenice's areas of interest are in the ecology of ethnic minority individuals and families and the life span development and adaptation of marginalized individuals and families. In addition, Dr. Phenice is interested in the Practice, Precautionary, and Preventative Principles with children's health.

Aaron Ponce
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: ponceaar(at)msu.edu

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Aaron Ponce is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. His work addresses core questions at the intersection of political sociology and global social change, focusing on international migration and immigrant reception. Most recently, his work has examined migration to the Nordic universalist welfare states and the influence of changing demographics on social cohesion across Europe. More broadly, Dr. Ponce seeks to uncover the causes and consequences of historic and contemporary social change linked to globalization with an emphasis on the construction and contestation of socio-cultural diversity (ethnic, religious, sexual, linguistic). Dr. Ponce earned his PhD in Sociology at Indiana University. He also holds a JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in International Studies from the University of Miami.

Christa Porter
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration/Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE)
Affiliation: Core
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Email: cjporter(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Christa J. Porter is a Fixed Term Assistant Professor in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) and Coordinator of the Student Affairs Administration Master's program at Michigan State University. Dr. Porter has worked administratively in various Student Affairs functional areas at multiple institutional types. Her research interests consist of the socialization processes, achievement, and identity development of Blacks throughout the educational pipeline, with a particular focus on Black undergraduate women. Dr. Porter received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services and an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies Certificate from the University of Georgia, a Master's degree in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor's degree in Social Relations from James Madison College of Public Affairs from Michigan State University.

Maria Porter
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mporter1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Maria Porter is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She is currently involved in research projects in Burkina Faso, China, and the UK. This research involves work on intra-household labor allocation decisions, factors influencing households adoption of new agricultural technologies, understanding adult children's motivations for giving transfers and support to parents, and household bargaining between spouses. She employs a variety of research methods, including randomized control trials, laboratory experiments, and survey data analysis. Maria holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Before coming to MSU, she was a research fellow at the University of Oxford. She has taught graduate courses in household and development economics, and undergraduate courses in intermediate microeconomics and development economics.

Sean Pue
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pue(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Pue is Assistant Professor of Hindi Language and South Asian Literature and Culture in MSUs Department of Linguistics and Languages. His teaching interests involve: the Hindi-Urdu language; literature and culture in South Asia; global studies in the arts and humanities; postcolonial theory; and, digital humanities. He earned his Ph.D. in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His research interests include modernism in South Asian languages, politics of literary tradition, Indo-Persian, and digital humanities.

Judy Pugh
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pugh(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Judy Pugh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, as well as a Core Faculty Member of the Asian Studies Center and Muslim Studies Program. Her research interests include medical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, anthropology of religion, traditional medicine, Hinduism, Islam, and South Asia.

Dawn Pysarchik
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Advertising and Public Relations
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pysarchi(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Dawn I. Pysarchik holds a dual appointment as a Professor in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing and an Associate Dean in International Studies and Programs (ISP) at Michigan State University (MSU). As an MSU faculty member, she teaches an upper division course in international procurement and product development and a graduate course in international consumer behavior in the Retailing program. She is involved in ongoing international and comparative research studies of market development, consumer behavior and buyer-supplier relationships. She has received funding for various marketing and consumer research projects in India, Korea and Mexico. Pysarchik is a frequent presenter at international research conferences and publishes in a variety of research and professional journals.

As ISP Associate Dean, Dr. Pysarchik regularly works with academic and support units at MSU, as well as institutions nationally and internationally, to develop and expand their strategic international initiatives in research, teaching, and outreach/service.

Desiree Qin
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: dqin(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Desiree Baolian Qin is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. She completed her doctorate degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2004 and held postdoc positions at New York University and Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Qin's research focuses on psychosocial adjustment of children and adolescents from immigrant families. The main question underlying her work is: How do immigration, culture, gender, and important ecological contexts like family, peers, and school impact adolescent development?

Rocio Quispe-Agnoli
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: quispeag(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is a Professor of (Post) Colonial Latin American Studies, she is also affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies Program and core faculty of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Gender Studies in a Global Context. She has directed theCenter for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities from fall 2007 until fall 2010. Professor Quispe-Agnoli is also a creative writer and has received three awards for her short fiction (La Regenta 1998, Atenea 1999 and Ana María Matute 1999). In 2012 she received the MSU Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. In 2013 the Embassy of Peru in the United States acknowledged her as Peruvian Woman of the Year for her academic and literary contributions.


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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