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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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Susan Sleeper-Smith
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: sleepers(at)msu.edu

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Biography: My research examines Native American-Euro-American encounters during the colonial and early national histories of North America. I am interested in exploring history as a narrative that focuses on sites of encounter, particularly borderlands, where diverse people interacted and where identity, initially malleable, changed overtime. I have written about women's involvement in that process, Native, Mtis, and Euro-American, and I continue to explore how gender affects cultural interaction. Religion, Catholicism as well as evangelical Protestantism, figure prominently in my work. I have published, Indian Women and French Men: Rethinking Culture Encounter in the Great Lakes, Rethinking the Fur Trade: Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World, Contesting Knowledge: Museums and Indigenous Perspectives, and New Faces of the Fur Trade, as well as articles in Ethnohistory, The William & Mary Quarterly, and the Journal of the Early Republic. My articles are in numerous edited editions, including Native Women's History in Eastern North America and Enduring Nations, and James Merrells, Comparative Encounters.

Nicole Smeltekop
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: nicole(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Nicole Smeltekop is the Special Materials Catalog Librarian at MSU's Libraries. She also has a secondary assignment managing the Archives and Manuscripts in Special Collections. Prior to coming to MSU, she was the archivist at Albion College and an archivist for the State of Michigan. She is a board member of the Michigan Archival Association and the Michigan State Records Advisory Board and a member of ALA, MAGRT, ALCTS, and OLAC. She is interested in metadata, history, archives, and technology.

Leonora Smith
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: smithleo(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Smith has a dual Ph.D. in English and Curriculum from MSU, with an emphasis on research in the teaching of writing at the college level and above. With stints as a waitress and bartender, she is now an associate professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She has worked as a free-lance writer for government and industry; as editor of Muses (the alumni magazine of MSU's College of Arts & Letters); as associate editor for Years Press; former president of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature; and served on the editorial board of Fourth Genre.

Sandi Smith
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Core
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Email: smiths(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sandi W. Smith is Director of the Health and Risk Communication Center and Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where she teaches courses in persuasion, communication theory, and interpersonal communication. Her research interests parallel these course topics and have been funded by private foundations and governmental agencies. In specific, she has focused her research on the impact of memorable messages received from important others on health behaviors; persuading people to carry signed and witnessed organ donor cards and to engage in family discussion about their decisions related to organ donation encouraging college students to consume alcohol moderately, if at all; and the portrayal of interpersonal relationships on television. Her research has appeared in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Health Communication, the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication, and the Journal of Applied Communication Research, among others. She is active in the International Communication Association where she served as Chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division and was a member of the Board of Directors. She has received honors for her teaching and research from student groups, professional associations, and the universities at which she has worked. In 2007, she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University, and in 2012 she was named a Fellow of the International Communication Association. Sandi received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California.

Aminda Smith
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: amsmith(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I specialize in modern Chinese history with a particular interest in the social and cultural history of Chinese Communism. My recent book, Thought Reform and China's Dangerous Classes: Reeducation, Resistance, and the People, explores what is arguably the Chinese government's most controversial social policy thought reform or reeducation. I pay special attention to the prostitutes, beggars, and other lumpen proletarians that the Communists saw as dangerous to society and the revolution. To hear me discussing this book, listen to an interview from the New Books podcast series. My current work in PRC history (tentatively titled Speaking for the People: Protest, Petitions, and Populism in the Mao Years) examines the richly detailed letters that rural and urban citizens sent to the Communist state. Additionally, I am continuing my ongoing research on Chinese doctors in the U.S. (project title: The Private Diseases of Both Sexes: Race, Sexuality, and Chinese Medicine in the American West, 1850 -1950) in which I consider the reputation Chinese-American doctors built for themselves as expert healers of venereal disease.

Dan Smith
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Theatre
Affiliation: Core
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Email: smit2030(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Daniel T. Smith Jr. is a dramaturg and theatre historian with research interests in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French theatre. After studying French Literature at the University of Notre Dame, Dan earned degrees in Theatre from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (MFA) and Northwestern University (PhD). Dan has chaired the Theatre History Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and has previously taught Theatre Studies courses at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Theatre School at DePaul University. As a professional dramaturg, he has worked at numerous theatres in Chicago, and served as Associate Artistic Director/Resident Dramaturg of Caffeine Theatre from 2010-2012.

Trixie Smith
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing Center
Affiliation: Core
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Email: smit1254(at)msu.edu

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Biography: I'm Trixie G. Smith, Director of The Writing Center and a member of the faculty in Rhetoric & Writing as well as the Center for Gender in Global Contexts at Michigan State University. Since joining the faculty at MSU in August 2007, I have taught WRA/ENG 395 Writing Center Theory and Practice (formerly ENG 391) AL 891 Writing Center Theory and Administration, AL 878 Composition Studies, and AL 980 Queer Rhetorics. I'm excited to begin teaching for the Women's Studies program, including the core course for our soon to be finalized LGBTQ concentration. After earning a BA in English and Elementary Education from Mobile College, I spent several years teaching middle and high school students in southern Alabama. I then headed to The University of South Carolina where I earned an MA in English (Renaissance Drama), an MLIS in Library and Information Science, and a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. My teaching and research are infused with issues of gender and activism even as they revolve around writing center theory and practice, writing across the curriculum, writing pedagogy, and teacher training. Likewise these areas often intersect with my interests in pop culture, service learning, and the idea that were just humans learning with/from other humans (you know, with bodies, feelings, lives outside the academy). I love it when my interests are able to intersect in faculty workshops, conference sessions, and professional development in the writing center. Recent publications include Movies, Music, and More: Pop Culture in the English Studies Classroom (with Joseph Darowski, Fountainhead Press, 2011), the textbook The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture (with Allison Smith and Stacia Watkins, Cengage/Wadsworth, 2009), and Teaching in the Pop Culture Zone: Using Popular Culture in the Writing Classroom (with Allison Smith and Rebecca Bobbitt, Cengage/Wadsworth, 2009). Other publications include a chapter in (E)merging Identities: Graduate Students in the Writing Center, several articles in Southern Discourse, and COMPbiblio: Leaders and Influences in Composition Theory and Practice (with Allison Smith and Karen Wright, Fountainhead Press, 2007) a reference book focusing on the career arcs of leaders in composition studies. Upcoming work includes The WAC/WID Handbook (with Allison Smith in 2012), a second edition of The Pop Culture Zone in 2014, and a chapter in Supporting Faculty Writing, co-written with members of one of the faculty writing groups facilitated out of The Writing Center. I am also one of the series editors for the Fountainhead Press X Series for Professional Development.

Sieglinde Snapp
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: snapp(at)msu.edu

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Biography: My research focuses on understanding the principles of resilient cropping system design and biologically-based soil management. This includes investigating the multi-functional role of accessory crops such as cover crops in mediating nutrient efficiency, soil function and healthy crop roots. A particular area of interest is the feedback loops in nitrogen and phosphorus availability mediated by plants and associated microbes. Predicting nutrient availability and tradeoffs between mineralization and assimilation processes are important questions my research group and collaborators address in organic and sustainable production systems. To foster outreach and education on soil ecological management I coordinate a website at MSU on applied soil ecology http://www.safs.msu.edu/soilecology/index.htm. I am committed to participatory research and extension approaches with iterative feedback from stakeholders. To this end, I developed the mother and baby trial design to link long-term research trials systematically with on-farm experimentation. Collaborations across social and biological scientists are essential in a rapidly changing world, and I work closely with multidisciplinary teams including scientists, farmers, students, advisors and extension educators to foster farmer innovation and build more sustainable, environmentally-friendly cropping systems. The participatory research methods and on-farm research trial designs I work on have been adopted by agronomists and plant breeders in 16 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and in Paraguay. Teaching interests include developing a new course with Dr. Phil Robertson addressing Soil Biology CSS 360 and contributing cropping systems and participatory research methodology lectures in CSS and courses such as ANP859, a core requirement of the new Gender, Justice and Environment Graduate specialization. As a core faculty member of African Studies and the Women in International Development program I am committed to education and scholarship in area studies and international development, including promoting south-south linkages and extending the agro-ecology lessons of the field crop LTER to Southern Africa and West Africa

Kristin St. Marie
College: Business
Department: Executive Development Programs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: stmarie(at)bus.msu.edu

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Biography:

Kristin St. Marie is the assistant director of open enrollment programs for the Broad College of Business in the department of Executive Development Programs. She is responsible for developing, marketing and managing programs featuring the faculty of the Broad College of Business. Kristin manages over 40 programs and seminars per year ranging from one hour sessions to week-long engagements on the topics of leadership, strategy, finance, sales and marketing, and hospitality business. In addition to managing a wide range of open enrollment programs, she also facilitates several customized or company sponsored seminars throughout the year.

Lee Starnes
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
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Email: starnesc(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Starnes unique line of scholarship lies at the intersection of family law, partnership law, and feminist theory. Her critiques of current law and reform proposals have provoked widespread commentary. Professor Starnes has presented her scholarship in both international and national fora, and has worked with grass roots community groups dedicated to law reform. Her publications include articles in the University of Chicago Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Iowa Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal. Professor Starnes has taught family law to students abroad, and commercial law to judges at the National Judicial College. A long-term member of the MSU Law faculty, she co-chairs the Child and Family Advocacy certificate program, is co-advisor of the Family Law focus area, and serves as faculty advisor to the Family Law Society. Professor Starnes was named an MSU Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow for her scholarly work toward community change, and was appointed in 2006 as one of six Computer Assisted Legal Instruction Fellows in Family Law.


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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