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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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Sitara Thobani
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: thobanis(at)msu.edu

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Sitara Thobani’s research focuses on the performance arts in colonial and postcolonial South Asia and its diasporas. More specifically she is interested in how artistic practices, as well as representations of these practices, help construct particular formations of gender, sexuality, religion and nation. Sitara draws on postcolonial feminist and critical race studies in her scholarship, as well as her experiences as a trained Indian classical dance performer. In both her academic work and artistic practice, she questions essentialisng discourses by unpacking the complex histories and underlying relations of power that produce them.  Based on her ethnographic fieldwork in the UK and India, Sitara’s research has demonstrated how performances of Indian classical dance serve as a critical site for the mutual constitution of deeply entangled Indian, diasporic and British national identities. This research is presented in her book, Indian Classical Dance and the Making of Postcolonial National Identities: Dancing on Empire’s Stage (Routledge 2017). Sitara has also published journal articles in MUSICultures and Anthropology in Action, as well as a book chapter in Religion and Migration in Europe: Comparative Perspectives on South Asian Experiences (edited by E. Gallo).  Sitara has a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Anthropology and Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia. An Assistant Professor in RCAH, she is also affiliated with the Asian Studies Program and the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University.  

Jakana Thomas
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: thoma977(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jakana Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 2012 after earning her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on conflict resolution in civil war and the characteristics of violent non-state groups. Thomas current projects examine how rebel group war aims affect conflict resolution and the relationship between gender and conflict.

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.

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

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Veronica Tobar Thronson is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the MSU Law Clinic and Immigration Law Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law. The Immigration Law Clinic provides opportunities for students to experience the practice of law through direct client representation in a well supervised and academically rigorous program with a broad and diverse docket of cases before administrative agencies, Immigration Court, state courts, and appellate courts. Clients include unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, victims of domestic violence, family based immigration petitioners, asylum seekers, and naturalization applicants. Students engage in policy research, resource development, community outreach and systemic advocacy on issues related to immigration. Thronson routinely conducts trainings for attorneys and judges, and was appointed to the faculty of The National Judicial College in 2012. In 2015 she became expert faculty with the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project at American University Washington College of Law, Family Law Attorneys Community of Practice.  From 2002 to 2010, Thronson was the Directing Attorney of the Domestic Violence Project at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada where she practiced in the areas of family and immigration law. She also taught Community Property as an adjunct professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV. Previously, Thronson served as the Director of Training and Legal Services at the New York Immigration Coalition, a non-profit umbrella advocacy organization for over 200 groups in New York that work with immigrants, refugees, and asylees. Thronson has served on numerous boards and task forces. Currently, she is a core faculty member of the Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, a board member of the Michigan Committee for Refugee Resettlement, serves on the State Bar of Michigan’s Access to Justice Initiative and co-chaired the Domestic Violence Committee of the State Bar of Michigan for several years. In addition, she is a Domestic Violence Screening Mediation Trainer approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution at the Michigan State Court Administrative Office.  In 2006, the Southern Nevada Domestic Violence Task Force honored Thronson with its S.T.A.R. award, created to honor an individual for stellar work on behalf of victims. In 2009, Thronson received the Louis Wiener Service Award, given to an advocate who has made substantial contributions in representing victims. In 2014, Thronson received the Michigan State University Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award and in 2015, the Immigration Law Clinic received the Michigan State University Excellence in Diversity Award. Thronson is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law in the states of New Jersey, New York, Nevada and Michigan.  In addition to teaching in the Immigration Law Clinic, Professor Thronson teaches Immigration and Nationality Law and Domestic Violence.

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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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.


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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