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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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Suzanne Wagner
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Core
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Email: wagnersu(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Suzanne Evans Wagner is interested in language variation and change, with a current focus on language change across the lifespan. In addition to recent research on young people's participation in ongoing linguistic change in Philadelphia, she has worked on Montreal French morphology and Middle English syntax.

Naoko Wake
College: Social Science/Lyman Briggs
Department: History/Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: wake(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Wake joined the faculty of Lyman Briggs College in 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan (MA) and Indiana University, Bloomington (Ph.D.). She has written on the history of the medical and social sciences in the first half of the twentieth century with a focus on interdisciplinary scientific approaches to sexual diversity. Her current work is a historical inquiry into Japanese-American and Korean-American memories of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. By focusing on this particular group of survivors residing in the United States, and by comparing their experiences to those of Japanese and Korean survivors from 1945 to present, she illuminates a history of the Bomb that complicates the better-known story of colonial and post-colonial rivalries and brings to light womens and patients activism in trans-Pacific contexts.

Hsiao-ping Wang
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: wanghsi(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Hsiao-Ping Wang has been teaching Chinese literature, Chinese language and Japanese literature in Linguistics and Languages for many years. Her research interests include critical theories, gender/power politics in modern Chinese literature, film studies, and interdisciplinary learnings. One of her papers is published by Journal of Hefei Normal University, PRC (3/2015).

Lorraine Weatherspoon
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: weathe43(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lorraine Weatherspoon is an Associate Professor and Didactics Program in Dietetics Director. Her interests are in the role of dietary, lifestyle and ecological factors in the risk, prevention and management of diet-related health disparities and chronic diseases. She also has a special Interest in Type 2 diabetes, maternal and child nutrition, and nutrition in HIV/AIDS.

Jonathan Weaver
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: weaver71(at)msu.edu

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Biography:

Jonathan Weaver is an Assitant Professor of Psychology. His research topics include: Beliefs about manhood and their implications for men's risk-taking, romantic relationships, attitudes towards gay men, and aggression; consequences of social norm violations; interpersonal relationships; note taking; and improving the pedagogy of teaching research methods.

Jane White
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: jane.white(at)ssc.msu.edu

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Biography: Jane P. White is the Director and Founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, a non-profit organization through MSUs School of Criminal Justice including over 90 agencies and organizations whose purpose is to foster collaboration in identification, prosecution, and rescuing of victims of human trafficking. As the former Associate Director of the National Center for Community Policing through the University, she has served internationally and nationally as an active consultant to criminal justice organizations, including police departments, juvenile courts, and in the field of corrections. She has served in many roles, including as former President of Boys and Girls Club of Lansing, Trustee to the Capital Area Community Foundation and the Greater Lansing Foundation. She also served an appointment by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to the recently-created Michigan Commission on Human Trafficking. She started her career as a police officer with the Lansing Police Department and then became Director of the Criminal Justice and Law Center at Lansing Community College, Mid-Michigan Police Academy, where she developed and implemented the largest law enforcement training center in the state. She was the first female in the nation heading a police academy. She is a nationally recognized developer and trainer of programs that include community policing, leadership, ethics and human trafficking issues.

Ann Folino White
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Theatre
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: whitea38(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Ann Folino White is a scholar and theatre artist. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State University, M.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama along with a Gender Studies Certificate from Northwestern University. Most recently, Dr. Folino White directed her own adaptation of the book The Lady Victory (by Jane Vincent Taylor, Turning Point Press 2012), which explores the experiences of girls sent to a home for unwed mothers in 1960s Oklahoma. Dr. Folino Whites teaching interests include stage directing, performance theory, and American theatrical and popular performance from the late-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century. Dr. Folino Whites scholarship on American drama, protest, and performances has appeared in American Drama, Text and Performance Quarterly, Performing Arts Resources, Women and Performance and TDR: The Drama Review. Her book, Plowed Under: Food Policy Protests and Performance in New Deal America (Indiana University Press, 2014) explores the significance of theatrical strategies to shaping public discourse about the morality of New Deal agricultural policy.

Stephanie White
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC
Email: whites25(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephanie White recently completed her PhD in the Department of Community Sustainability at MSU and presently holds a dual appointment with Community Sustainability's Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) and the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). Her dissertation research focused on urban agriculture in relation to urban socioecological systems, and the ways in which urban residents in MBour, Senegal use it to improve their well-being. Her current research focuses on urban food systems in the global south, primarily in relation small-scale food based livelihoods, which includes urban agriculture, small-scale trade, and urban livestock production. In addition, she is interested in better understanding how social and spatial aspects of urban food environments can foster or inhibit urban food security. Prior to her arrival at MSU, Dr. White worked in Washington, DC for a number of development organizations. She earned an MSc degree in Sustainable Systems/Agroecology from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa from 1992-1996.

Agnes Widder
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: widder(at)mail.lib.msu.edu

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Biography: I am responsible for collecting materials on British history/studies, France, medieval and Renaissance/early modern studies, and religious studies. You are welcome to suggest materials for purchase to me and to meet with me by appointment for specialized reference assistance in these subject areas. Please call or e-mail for an appointment or to ask questions. I have been a librarian for M.S.U. Libraries since 1979. I received an A.M.L.S. from University of Michigan, School of Library Science, in 1976, a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, in history, in 1975, and an M.A. in history from M.S.U., in 1984.

Bethany Wilinski
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: Bethany.wilinski(at)gmail.com

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Biography: Bethany Wilinski joins the faculty at MSU in January 2015. She is interested in domestic and international early childhood education policy. Her research focuses on how teachers make sense of and implement early childhood policies and how policy shapes families’ access to early childhood programs. Her international work is based in Tanzania, where she is involved in research, curriculum development, and teacher training projects for Michigan State University’s Tanzania Partnership Program.


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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