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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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Anne Schneller
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: annes(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Anne Schneller is Associate Director of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. Anne has worked in the field of international education and tinernational student recruitment at Michigan State University for over 25 years. She has also worked on education projects in many countries in Africa, and has lived and worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya and South Africa. Anne has designed and co-directed study abroad programs for MSU undergraduate and masters degree students in both Zimbabwe and South Africa for 15 years.

Jayne Schuiteman
College: Office of Institutional Equity
Department: Office of Institutional Equity
Affiliation: Core
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Email: schuite1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Jayne Schuiteman is a senior investigator with the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) at Michigan State University. She is also an associate professor for the Center for Gender in Global Context and currently teaches Gender Studies courses for the Center. Dr. Schuiteman received her Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and both her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Schuiteman first began working with issues of harassment and discrimination in 1992 while employed at the Women’s Resource Center and has continued into her present position with OIE.

Johanna Schuster-Craig
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
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Email: schust66(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Johanna Schuster-Craig is Assistant Professor of German and Global Studies. Her research interests center around German integration politics and immigration policy, both from the top down (in the media, public policies and parliamentary debates) and from the bottom up (in social work projects and the work of local artists). She is particularly interested in how previous incarnations of integration politics have served as precursors for emerging right-wing xenophobic movements such as PEGIDA.

Lisa Schwartzman
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
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Email: lhschwar(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lisa Schwartzman is the author of Challenging Liberalism: Feminism as Political Critique (Penn State Press, 2006) and co-editor of Feminist Interventions in Ethics and Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). She has also published essays on feminist analyses of rights, equality, and hate speech. She is co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy on the topic Gender, Implicit Bias, and Philosophical Methodology. Prof. Schwartzman's current work focuses on two related projects: the first involves examining the role that choice and autonomy play in contemporary discussions of feminism, and the second involves a critical feminist analysis of philosophical methodologies.

Ethan Segal
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: segale(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ethan Segal is a scholar of traditional East Asia with a particular focus on Japan. He earned his M.A. from the University of Washington, his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo. In 2008-09, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Pre-modern Japanese History in Harvard University's Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations. Topics of Professor Segal's research and teaching include economic history, nationalism, women and gender, history and film, contemporary popular culture, and Japanese textbooks. His publications appear in journals such as Education About Asia as well as in edited volumes including Currents in Medieval Japanese History and Economic Thought in Early Modern Japan. Professor Segal's first book, Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, re-examines money, trade, and evolving medieval political and social institutions; it is available from Harvard University Press.

Robin Silbergleid
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: silberg1(at)msu.edu

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Robin Silbergleid works in the areas of creative writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature and culture, narrative theory, and women's/gender studies. As a writer who holds both a PhD and MFA, she is particularly interested in exploring the sometimes vexed relationships between critical and creative writing; her current project, Reading Maso, combines sustained close readings of Carole Maso's novels with personal essay and poetic fragments. Additionally, she is co-editing a book, Critical Innovations: Reading and Writing Experimental Texts that explores performative and creative modes of literary analysis. Her creative work focuses on issues of domesticity and the female body, specifically single parenting, reproductive loss, and infertility. She is the author of the poetry collection The Baby Book (CavanKerry Press, 2015) and the memoir Texas Girl (Demeter Press, 2014), as well as the chapbooks Pas de Deux: Prose and Other Poems (Basilisk Press, 2006) and Frida Kahlo, My Sister (Finishing Line, 2014). Individual essays and poems can be found in a range of venues, online and in print, and have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a frequent contributor to Role Reboot on issues related to fertility and family, and collaborates with the national art, oral history, and portraiture project The ART of Infertility.

Le Anne Silvey
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: silveyle(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Le Anne E. Silvey, Ph.D., ACSW, LMSW earned a docorate in Family Studies from Michigan State University in 1997, with a cognate in Sociology. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a Licensed Masters Social Worker, Micro and Macro practice. Dr. Silvey is Waganakising Odawa, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and is a first generation college graduate. Dr. Silvey joined the faculty of HDFS in August, 1999, after holding an Assistant Professor position in the graduate School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University for three years. Since 2001, she has been an Affiliate Faculty member of the American Indian Studies Program at MSU and is a Core Faculty Member of the Women in International Development Program. Clinically, Dr. Silvey has over a decade of practice in Indian Child Welfare on a statewide basis and has served on the State Native American Task Force and Native American Implementation Team for Michigan.

Elizabeth Simmons
College: Lyman Briggs College/Natural Science
Department: Administration/Physics
Affiliation: Core
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Email: esimmons(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons is Dean of Lyman Briggs College and University Distinguished Professor of Physics in the Michigan State University Department of Physics and Astronomy. Lyman Briggs is a four-year residential undergraduate college at Michigan State University that focuses on the study of science in its historical, philosophical, and sociological context. After completing her undergraduate degree at Harvard University in 1985, Simmons earned an M.Phil. in physics at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar. She returned to Harvard for her doctoral degree and postdoctoral fellowship, and then spent a decade as a professor at Boston University, winning the university's Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 2002. In summer 2003, she joined the MSU faculty as the leader of Lyman Briggs. She was chosen as a 2004-05 CIC Academic Leadership Fellow and she won the ACE Michigan Network's Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award in 2005. Two years later, Simmons was named Dean of Lyman Briggs. She was awarded MSU's Robert F. Banks Award for Institutional Leadership in February 2013. Simmons is a particle theorist, whose research focuses on the origins of the masses of the elementary subatomic particles - particularly the W and Z bosons that transmit the weak nuclear force and the heaviest known particle, the top quark. She investigates theories in which these masses arise from new strong dynamics at energy scales accessible to experiments like those now underway at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

Jyotsna Singh
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: jsingh(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jyotsna G Singh researches and teaches early modern literature and culture, colonial history, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and gender and race studies, often exploring the intersections of these different fields. Her published work includes The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics co-authored with Dympna Callaghan and Lorraine Helms (Blackwell 1994); Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: 'Discovery' of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge 1996); and Travel Knowledge: European 'Discoveries' in the Early Modern Period (co-edited Ivo Kamps, Palgrave, 2001); and A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion editor, Blackwell 2009). She has written extensively on early modern drama and culture, with an emphasis on Shakespeare; cross-cultural performances/appropriations of Shakespeare; early modern travel narratives; history of race and gender; and colonialism, among others.

Anita Skeen
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: skeen(at)msu.edu

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Anita Skeen is professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University, where she is the arts coordinator and director of the RCAH Center for Poetry. Anita began her teaching career at Bowling Green State University, where she received an MA in English literature in 1970 and an MFA in creative writing in 1971. She later taught in the MFA program at Wichita State University where she received the Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1987, as a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Humanities Council, she helped create "Talking about Literature in Kansas Libraries, a reading and discussion program that continues today. She joined the Michigan State University Department of English in 1990. In 1997 she began serving as the director of the Residential Option in Arts and Letters Program (ROIAL), a living and learning program for selected freshmen and sophomores in the College of Arts and Letters. ROIAL increased her interest in and commitment to undergraduate education and to building links between ROIAL students and other units on campus as well as with the East Lansing community. Since 2005 she has taught the annual writing workshop throughout the month of September that accompanies the One Book, One Community yearly book selection. Anita has also taught in MSU Study Abroad programs in England and Ireland. For a number of summers when she was in college and afterward, Anita served as a city recreation director for low-income housing projects in Charleston, West Virginia, and as a counselor at summer camps in Pennsylvania and New York. She has taught K-12 students while working with the Kansas Arts Commissions Artist in the Schools Program, in college classrooms across the country as a visiting writer and writer-in-residence, in senior citizens centers and libraries, and at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She has been the director of the Creative Arts Program at Ghost Ranch for 32 years and director of the Fall Writing Festival for 16 years. Most recently, in October 2011 she was writer-in-residence at the Aurora Fall Writers Retreat in Aurora, West Virginia; in January 2012 she served as writer-in-residence at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.


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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