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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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Laurie Thorp
College: Natural Science
Department: Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE)
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Program: GJEC
Email: thorpl(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laurie Thorp is director of the Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE). Thorp holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University. Her doctoral research took her to the Lansing School District where she studied the cultural and educational implications of a schoolyard garden. This study is the topic of her 2005 book, The Pull of the Earth by Altamira Press. She is a faculty member in the Department of Community Sustainability. Thorp was co-investigator on a $625K Department of Education grant to assess student learning of sustainability competencies through experiential education. She has served on the MSU Vice President for Finance and Operations Environmental Stewardship Systems Team as technical team leader for behavioral research associated with strategic change initiatives advancing campus sustainability. She is one of the founders of the MSU Student Organic Farm (SOF) and serves on the SOF steering team. For the past four years she has been collaborating with colleagues in the departments of Animal Science, Philosophy, and Sociology to study sustainable pork production and student ethical development. Thorp's work has been published in Qualitative Inquiry, Agriculture and Human Values, Journal of Experiential Education, The International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, and The Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research. Her greatest joy and passion is mentoring undergraduates in their journey of self-discovery to identify their life work.

David Thronson
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
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Email: david.thronson(at)law.msu.edu

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Biography: David Thronson is Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he is co-founder of the Immigration Law Clinic and also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. His research and writing seeks to develop frameworks and critical perspectives for analyzing the intersection of family and immigration, with a particular focus on children. Thronson graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in mathematics and education, then taught in Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer. He completed a masters degree at Teachers College, Columbia University and served several years as a teacher and assistant principal in the New York City Public Schools.

Tina Timm
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: timmt(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Tina Timm is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work. Her interests include sexuality, sex therapy, LGBTQ issues, affair recovery, couple and family therapy, adult attachment and women's issues.

Estrella Torrez
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: torrezjs(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Estrella Torrez is an Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. Her research centers on language politics and the importance of community-based knowledge, particularly among rural Latino families and urban Indigenous youth. Dr. Torrez is a Gates Millennium Scholar, being awarded the prestigious award during its inaugural year. Torrez has degrees from The University of New Mexico (PhD, Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies, concentration in Bilingual Education; MA, dual concentrations in Early Childhood Multicultural Education and Bilingual Education) and Western Michigan University (BS, Elementary Education). She has also studied at The University of Detroit-Mercy and Universidad Nahuatl in Mexico. As a child, Torrez attended schools for migrant children until, at the age of twelve, she began working alongside her family in the fields. Later, she taught within the migrant educational system, eventually working briefly for the Office of Migrant Education in Washington, DC. In 2009, Torrez co-founded the Indigenous Youth Empowerment Program (IYEP), a program serving urban Native youth and families in Michigan. She presently serves as IYEP’s co-director and facilitates an afterschool program for youth in Kindergarten through twelfth grades, as well as organizes a summer cultural camp for 65 urban Indigenous youth.

Colleen Tremonte
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: tremonte(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Tremonte was on leave for Fall 2013: Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender Professor Tremontes research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary theory and pedagogy; film, gender, and genre; national cinemas; and, visual cultural studies and displacement. Tremonte is past recipient of a University Lilly Teaching Fellowship (1997-1998), a MSU Teacher-Scholar Award (1998-1999), and the Mid-Michigan Alumni Club Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2001). She is also a fellow in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, CASTL (elected 2000). Since 2008, Tremonte has been Director of the MSU Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Teaching Fellows Program (IIT), a joint initiative between the James Madison College and the MSU Graduate School. She is also member of the MSU team on Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) to Assess Student Learning, a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools that is funded by the Teagle and the Sloane Foundations (2012-2013). Professor Tremonte has published in the areas of interdisciplinary teaching and learning, on film, gender and visual rhetorics, and on improving graduate education. Her most recent publications are Cartographies: Graduate Education, SOTL, and the Third Space (2012) and Window Shopping: Fashioning a Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (2011). She has also has also co-published articles on cultural politics and the body in post-cold war James Bond films, and is currently working on a book-length study, Darkness Visible: Gender, Genre and Cinematic Madness.

Denise Troutman
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; Linguistics and Languages
Affiliation: Core
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Email: troutma1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Denise Troutman is an Associate Professor in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures and the department of Linguistics, as well as a faculty-affiliate with the African American and African Studies (AAAS) Program. Troutman teaches writing to first-year students and linguistics and sociolinguistics to undergraduate and graduate students. Currently she is working on interrogations of politeness/impoliteness within the African American speech community, which she has presented in special lectures and conferences and which is the focus for a current book manuscript.

Helen Veit
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hveit(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Helen Zoe Veit specializes in American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the history of food and nutrition. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Yale University. Her first book, Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2013) explores food and nutrition in the Progressive Era. Modern Food, Moral Food was a finalist for the 2014 James Beard Award in Reference and Scholarship. Her next book, Small Appetites: A History of Childrens Food, examines the history of childrens eating during the last two hundred years.

Ellen Velie
College: Human Medicine
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: velie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Ellen Velie is a nutritional and cancer epidemiologist with a particular interest in the health of disadvantaged populations. She joined the Department of Epidemiology at Michigan State University in August, 2000. Before coming to MSU she conducted her PhD research on nutrition and birth defects in Latina and white women in California and completed postdoctoral training through the Cancer Prevention Fellowship in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. Examples of her research include the role of nutrient intakes (e.g. fat and zinc) and dietary patterns in the etiology of birth defects and breast cancer. She has also studied methodologic issues related to nutritional epidemiology, such as dietary assessment, energy-adjustment and alternative approaches to examining dose response trends. Her current research focuses on the interrelationship between social factors (e.g. race and social class) and life course energy balance-related factors (e.g. birth characteristics, childhood diet and growth, pubertal development, diet, physical activity, insulin resistance and obesity), as they relate to cancer and other diseases.

Mark Waddell
College: Lyman Briggs/Social Science
Department: Lyman Briggs/History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: waddellm(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Waddell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History (25%) and the Lyman Briggs College (75%). He received his Ph.D. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University in 2006. As an historian of ideas specializing in Europe of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, he studies the complex interactions between science, medicine, and culture, particularly religion and esotericism.

Juli Wade
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: wadej(at)msu.edu

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Biography: The Wade lab investigates how structural and biochemical changes within the brain across development regulate later social behaviors. They study the development of courtship and copulatory displays because these displays are stereotyped and differ between the sexes. Members of the Wade lab are working with two model systems, zebra finches and green anole lizards. Zebra finches have become a classic model for investigating sex differences in brain and behavior. Males sing to court females, whereas females do not normally sing, and in parallel the brain regions and muscles that control song are larger in males than in females. The Wade lab investigates how hormones and genes contribute to the development of behavioral and anatomical differences between the sexes. Similarly, green anole lizards display highly sexually dimorphic courtship behaviors. Males extend a bright red throat fan called a dewlap. Females have only a rudimentary dewlap, and while they use it in a limited fashion during aggressive encounters, females do not display the dewlap during reproduction. The neurons and muscles controlling this behavior are larger in males than in females. The Wade labs current research on the lizards involves investigations of the influences of steroid hormones during development and in adulthood on both morphology and behavior in these two reproductive systems.


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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