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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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Patricia Rogers
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: rogerspa(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Patricia Rogers' research interests focus on the role of Anglo-American merchants in defining and shaping the Atlantic world, the British Empire, and world history more broadly during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A focus on the merchant community reveals aspects of the modern world such as cultural identity formation, commercial networks, and the flow of news. Patti's current academic projects include learning "new media" for use both in the classroom and in research. In addition to teaching in the RCAH, Patti serves as associate editor for H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) at MSU.

Rob Roznowski
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Theatre
Affiliation: Core
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Email: roznows5(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rob is an award-winning actor, author, director, educator and playwright. He is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University where he serves as the Head of Acting and Directing in the Department of Theatre. His publications include books ("Inner Monologue in Acting" and "Collaboration in Theatre: A Practical Guide for Designers and Directors" (with Kirk Domer) both published by Palgrave Macmillan) and plays (The Summer Circle by Brooklyn Publishers, Arts or Crafts published by Norman Maine Plays and Comfort Food previously published by Independent Play(w)rights.) He worked as the National Outreach Education Coordinator for Actors Equity Association and has appeared extensively throughout the US as actor and director in New York, Los Angeles and regionally at Good speed Opera House, Long Wharf Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Rob served on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, SUNY/Stony Brook and Stephens College where he received the "Distinguished Teaching Award." At MSU he was awarded the "Mid-Michigan Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching" and the "Michigan Professor of the Year" from the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.

Elena Ruiz
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
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Email: ruizele1(at)msu.edu

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Elena Ruiz is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. She is also core faculty in Global Studies and the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at MSU. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy and master's in Social and Political Theory from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Ruiz was a research fellow at Institut de Hautes etudes Internationales et du Developpement in Geneva, Switzerland.  Her primary areas of research are in Social and Political Philosophy, Feminisms of the Global South and Decolonial Theory. Her work examines the philosophical foundations of violence, the history of structural oppressions, and theories of harm (cultural, epistemic, linguistic, hermeneutic) in the context of violence affecting women and marginalized populations in the Global South.

Diane Ruonavaara
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Center for Advanced Study of International Development
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: ruonavaa(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Diane Ruonavaara is the program manager for the MSU Tanzania Partnership and advises students in the Graduate Specialization in International Development. Diane comes to CASID with 16 years of experience in international community development, participatory research, and evaluation of extension and rural projects. In her work, Diane is committed to the integration of theory and practice and participatory research and development approaches with marginalized groups of people especially women and indigenous groups. She has studied, taught, and conducted research and evaluation in Tanzania, Mexico, Ecuador, Vietnam, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Argentina, and the United States.

Catherine Ryu
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: ryuc(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Catherine Ryu is an associate professor of Japanese literature and culture at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests include classical Japanese literature, Heian narratives, gender studies, zainichi studies, global studies, and game studies. She is the original inventor of Cube2Cube, a visualization platform for language learning games (U.S. patent, 2015), and the principal investigator of the Tone Perception Efficacy Study (ToPES), the Tone Perception and Production (ToPP) project, and Classical Japanese Grammar Games (CJG2).

Elvira Sanchez-Blake
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: sblake(at)msu.edu

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Elvira Sanchez-Blake is Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture at Michigan State University. She specializes in contemporary Colombian and Mexican narratives. Her publications include Patria se escribe con sangre (Anthropos, 2000), testimonials by women in the Colombian conflict, and Espiral de silencios (Beamount, 2009), a novel based on recent Colombian historical events. She also co-authored the anthology, Voces Hispanas Siglo XXI: Entrevistas con autores en DVD (Yale University Press, 2005), and the critical edition, El universo literario de Laura Restrepo (Taurus, 2007). She is currently working on a book about women and madness in Latin American literature, exploring gender and political intersections in postmodern literature. Professor Sanchez-Blake also has published numerous articles in professional journals and collective editions.

Tze-Lan Sang
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
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Email: tzelan(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Tze-Lan Sang teaches classes on modern Chinese literature and visual culture. She has also written many book chapters and journal articles on topics ranging from contemporary writers and film directors to traditional Chinese opera. Her current research focuses on three areas: 1) Chinese popular fiction in a larger web of urban entertainment culture during the first half of the twentieth century; 2) Chinese cinema—especially independent documentary films—from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China; and 3) representations of postindustrial cities. Her research has received support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining MSU, she taught at Stanford University and the University of Oregon.

Anna Maria Santiago
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: santia63(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Santiago received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests include short- and long-term effects of housing and social welfare programs and policies as anti-poverty and social development strategies, social capital formation and asset building in low-income families, neighborhood effects on the health and well-being of low-income children, Latino communities in the US, and Low income homeownership, foreclosures, and predatory lending

Jennifer Schmidt
College: Education
Department: Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jaschmid(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer A. Schmidt is an associate professor of educational psychology. She is broadly interested in adolescent motivation and engagement in learning contexts, both inside and outside of school. She studies how multiple dimensions of student experience fluctuate with the changing features of learning environments. Her work informs, and is informed by scholarship on human motivational processes as well as work on adolescent development, teacher practice, educational intervention, and educational environments. Her current research examines diversity in the affective and motivational dimensions of student experience in middle school and high school science learning environments. Through four ongoing projects, she is examining the way science "feels" for male and female students, modifying these perceptions through both targeted classroom interventions and teacher education, and identifying features of formal and informal learning environments that foster STEM interest and engagement. Schmidt uses the Experience Sampling Method (or ESM) - a signal-contingent method of collecting data in which participants provide repeated reports of multiple dimensions of their subjective experience.

Gary Schnakenberg
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC
Email: schnake2(at)msu.ed

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Biography: Gary Schnakenberg's areas of interest include nature-society studies, critical cultural geographies of agriculture, and undergraduate education.


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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