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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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Ann Folino White
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Theatre
Affiliation: Core
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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
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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
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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.

Julie Winkler
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: winkler(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Julie Winkler is a professor of Geography at Michigan State University. She is interested in many aspects of geography and climatology including synoptic and applied climatology, regional climate change, and climate scenario development and evaluation. Current and past research topics include heavy precipitation, nocturnal thunderstorms, low-level wind maxima, airflow within midlatitude cyclones, wildland fire risk, and the possible impacts of potential future climate change particularly on agriculture. Much of Professor Winkler's research has focused on the Central Plains and Great Lakes region of the United States.

Scott Witter
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: School of Planning, Design, and Construction
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: witter(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Research Interests: International and domestic watershed, natural resource management issues and projects. Dr. Witter has over 25 years of experience conducting research, outreach, consulting, and teaching activities related to international and domestic watershed and natural resource management issues and projects. He has 20 years of college and unit-level administrative experience in MSUs Institute of International Agriculture, as Chairperson of the Department of Resource Development; as Chairperson of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies; and currently as Director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction. Dr. Witter's research has focused on watershed and natural resource management in the rural urban interface. He has been principal investigator and co-investigator on $3.4 million in funded projects funded externally and internally at MSU. Under his leadership the units he has served have increased their endowments by over $8 million.

Aurora Wolfgang
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: aurorawg(at)msu.edu

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Aurora Wolfgang is a Professor of French specializing in 17th- and 18th- century literature. She is author of Gender and Voice in the French Novel: 1730-1782 and co-editor and translator of Jacques Du Bosc's L'Honnete Femme: The Socially Respectable Woman (1632-36, Selections) and New Collection of Letters by Contemporary Women (1635). In addition, she has published articles on early modern women writers (Sevigne, Villedieu, Villeneuve, Graffigny, Riccoboni, Stael), gender politics, salon culture, and questions of style. She is currently working on an introduction and translation of the original version of La Belle et la Bete (1740) by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, who was part of the second vogue of women fairy-tale writers publishing in mid-eighteenth century France.

Lily Woodruff
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Art, Art History and Design
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: woodru56(at)msu.edu

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Lily Woodruff received a dual Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University and in Histoire et Civilisation from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), both in 2012. Her research examines contemporary art with specific focuses on social and institutional critique, technology, participation, and exchange between Europe and the Americas during the post-WWII period. Her first book project titled Disordering the Establishment: Art, Display, and Participation in France, 1958-1981 is an analysis of the way that artists transformed techniques of institutional conservatism in order to encourage critical public participation and social engagement. Specifically, she analyzes the kinetic painting and sculpture of the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel, Andre Cadere and Daniel Buren's post-minimalist installations, and the community-based media projects of the Collectif d'Art Sociologique. Her research has been supported by fellowships from Northwestern University, and grants from Chateaubriand, Jeanne Marandon, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. At MSU, Lily is a member of the Global Studies in Art and Humanities, a consulting member of the Center for Gender in Global Context, and an occasional contributor to the Film Collective.

Wynne Wright
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: wrigh325(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Wynne Wright received her Ph.D. in sociology in 1999 from the University of Kentucky. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 2006 she was employed by the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Minnesota. Her research, teaching and public outreach activities broadly examine social change in the agri-food system. She is particularly interested in examining the restructuring of agriculture and food systems and its impact on farm families and rural communities. In the domestic context, she has conducted social impact assessments of confined animal feeding operations in Minnesota, investigated the transformation of the tobacco system in Kentucky, and studied the social construction of BSE (mad cow disease). Most recently her work was turned toward the study of food system localization. Currently, Dr Wright is exploring the contradictions in local food system initiatives and their capacity for invigorating local communities and inspiring a ‘civic agriculture’. Dr. Wright is also interested in examining the condition of east–central European farmers in the post-Soviet agrarian transition. In this work, she has been following the impact of European Unification on agriculture and rural communities. In the Spring of 2006, Dr. Wright held a Fulbright Scholarship where she taught environmental sociology at the Institute for Environmental and Landscape Management at Szent István University in Gödöllo, Hungary. This was the latest endeavor in an on-going relationship with Szent István University.

Felicia Wu
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition
Affiliation: Core
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Email: fwu(at)msu.edu

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Biography: 2013-current, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI My research interests lie at the intersection of global public health, agriculture, and trade. How do agricultural systems affect health in different parts of the world? How do food safety regulations affect global trade of food, and ultimately food quality, particularly in low-income nations? What is the global burden of disease caused by food contaminants, and how cost-effective and feasible are interventions to reduce these risks?


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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