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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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Joy Rankin
College: Lyman Briggs College/James Madison College
Department: Lyman Briggs/James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: profjoy(at)msu.edu

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Joy studies people who historically have not been considered scientists or technologists but who have, nonetheless, produced and applied knowledge about the natural world. She is especially interested in histories of gender, computation, mathematics, and community. Rankin is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, holding appointments at Lyman Briggs College in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science group and at James Madison College in the Social Relations and Policy group. Her current book A People’s History of Computing is under contract with Harvard University Press. Her next book will likely be a history of the (ridiculous) idea that girls can’t do math. Joy currently and enthusiastically serves as a Contributing Editor for the magazine Lady Science, focused on women in science, technology, and medicine. Her research has received recognition and support from, among others, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Information Technology, and the IEEE.

Rabindra (Robby) Ratan
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Core
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Email: rar(at)msu.edu

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Rabindra (Robby) Ratan is Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at Michigan State University's Department of Media & Information, with affiliate faculty positions in MSU's Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program, MSU’s department of Psychology, and MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context.  His research focuses on psychological experiences of media use, with an emphasis on interactive environments (e.g., virtual worlds, videogames, the road) that include mediated self-representations (e.g., avatars, cars). In has classes, he enjoys riding his skateboard, rapping, and experimenting with educational technologies to keep his students’ attention. He has a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication (USC) and an MA and BA from Stanford University. 

Marcie Ray
College: Music
Department: Musicology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: raym(at)msu.edu

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Marcie Ray is an assistant professor of musicology at the Michigan State University College of Music. She holds degrees from the University of Texas (B.M. in vocal performance) and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.). Her research interests focus on music, gender, sexuality, and class. Her book manuscript, tentatively titled The Politics of Love in French Baroque Music, illustrates how male composers and librettists transformed and diminished early feminist literary characters when they adapted them for eighteenth-century musical spectacles. A portion of this research has been published in Msica em Perspectiva (2013), The Libretto as Enlightenment Text (2015), and will appear in Early Music (2016). She has also begun research for her next book on makeover musicals; her initial work on this project appears in American Music (2014). The most important aspect of her work, however, is how her research returns to the classroom. For her dedication to her students she has won several teaching awards, including UCLA's most prestigious teaching honor from the Academic Senate Committee, and she was a Lilly Teaching Fellow (2014-15). A sample of the research she conducted during her Lilly year will be published in Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy vol. 3 (2015).

Isaac Record
College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: recordis(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Isaac Record's research explores accounts of communal knowledge practices and concerns about trust in technology, under investigation by philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists of technology. He studies the practices of scientists who use instruments, the debates that accompany the introduction of new techniques to established disciplines, and the epistemological consequences of pursuing inquiries within a technological infrastructure. He is currently teaching about technology and culture; how to think about science; and how wearables and big data can change healthcare.

Kristen Renn
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: renn(at)msu.edu

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Kristen Renn is a professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education and associate dean of undergraduate studies/director for student success initiatives. Her research centers on college student learning, development, and success in higher education, with current projects focusing on low-income, first-generation students and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender college students. Other interests include college student identity development, student affairs administration, and women’s higher education in international contexts.

Tim Retzloff
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: retzloff(at)msu.edu

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Tim Retzloff joined the GenCen faculty in Fall 2017.

Jacqueline Rhodes
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jrhodes(at)msu.edu

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Jacqueline Rhodes is Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at MSU, where she directs the research consortium on Critical Diversity in a Digital Age (CEDAR). Her scholarly work focuses on intersections of rhetoric, materiality, and technology, and has been published in a variety of venues, including College Composition and Communication, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, and Rhetoric Review. Her book On Multimodality (co-authored with Jonathan Alexander; NCTE, 2014) won the 2015 CCCC Outstanding Book Award and the 2014 Computers & Composition Distinguished Book Award. Techne, a book-length e-project co-authored with Jonathan Alexander, won the 2016 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship.  

Robert Richardson
College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: rbr(at)anr.msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Robert Richardson is an ecological economist with interests in the study of development and the environment, particularly the contribution of ecosystem services to socioeconomic well-being. His teaching, research, and outreach program focuses primarily on sustainable development, and he uses a variety of methods from the behavioral and social sciences to study decision-making about the use of natural resources and the conservation of ecosystem services. He has conducted research related to agricultural-environmental linkages, household food and energy security, and tradeoffs in decision-making about environmental management in southern and eastern Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia.

Marisa Rinkus
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Center for Gender in Global Context
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Program: GJEC GDG
Email: rinkusma(at)msu.edu

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Marisa Rinkus received her PhD from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU in 2013, and also completed the GJEC Specialization. She has previously served in the Peace Corps and has served as the Peace Corps Coordinator at MSU in previous years. Her research deals with social capital and gender participation in conservation efforts, particularly focused on sea turtle efforts in Northeast Brazil. She has taught WS courses for GenCen, including "Women and Change in Developing Countries" as well as courses for the GJEC specialization. She has also previously served as GenCen's internship coordinator.

Jon Robison
College: Education
Department: Kinesiology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: robisonj(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Jon Robison is an author and nationally recognized speaker on health at every size.


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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