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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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Ellen Velie
College: Human Medicine
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Affiliation: Core
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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.

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).

Chezare Warren
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: chezare(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Chezare A. Warren is assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and native Chicagoan. He presently holds faculty appointments in African American and African Studies, Mathematics Education, and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Dr. Warren’s research examines factors that support the high academic success of young Black men and boys attending urban schools. He is immediate past president of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, and his scholarship has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Urban Education, Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record. He is co-editor of White Women’s Work: Examining the Intersectionality of Teaching, Identity, and Race published by Information Age. More recently, Dr. Warren’s book, Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving from Chicago’s South Side to Success in Higher Education was published as the first text to appear on Harvard Education Press’ new “Race and Education” series. For more information, visit www.chezarewarren.com. 

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
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Email: weaver71(at)msu.edu

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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
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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.


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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