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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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Logan Williams
College: Lyman Briggs/Social Science
Department: Lyman Briggs/Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: will2734(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Logan D. A. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Lyman Briggs
College (History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science faculty) and the department of Sociology. She defended her PH. D. is Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She also has a
B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Broadly defined, Dr. Williams' research and teaching investigates the
political economy of sustainable development with a topical focus on: innovation 'from below', technoscience circulation, appropriate technology/technology choice, entrepreneurship and civil society. She
desires that her work improve policies for science, technology and
international development. Dr. Williams has published in the following
journals: Minerva, Technology in Society and Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers
and the Smithsonian Institutes.

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
Program:
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
Program:
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?

Karin Wurst
College: College of Arts and Letters
Department: Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, African, Asian Languages
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: wurst(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Karin A. Wurst's books have focused on representations of the family, women's drama, cultural consumption in 18th Century-Germany, and J.M.R. Lenz: Das Schlaraffenland verwilderter Ideen. Narrative Strategien in den Prosaerzählungen von J. M. R. Lenz (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2014); Fabricating Pleasure: Fashion, Entertainment, and Consumption in Germany (1780-1830), German Literary Theory and Cultural Studies (Wayne State University Press, 2005). Karin A. Wurst and Alan Leidner, Unpopular Virtues: J. M. R. Lenz and the Critics. A Reception History (Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1999). Edited and introduced Eleonore Thon's "Adelheit von Rastenberg." Texts and Translation Series. (New York: MLA, 1996). Edited and introduced J.M.R. Lenz als Alternative? Positionsanalysen zum 200. Todestag (Köln, Wien, Weimar: Böhlau, 1992). Frau und Drama im achtzehnten Jahrhundert (Köln, Wien: Böhlau, 1991). "Familiale Liebe ist die wahre Gewalt." Zur Repräsentation der Familie in Lessings dramatischem Werk"(Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1988). Her articles focus on 17th and 18th century Germany and issues of gender, cultural and aesthetic representation. The have appeared in German Quarterly, Daphnis, German Studies Review, Lessing Yearbook, Text + Kritik, Seminar, Women in German Yearbook, Goethe Yearbook, Lenz Jahrbuch. Her teaching interests include literary and cultural theories, feminist theory, women's literature and material culture. From 2006 to 2014 she served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at MSU; she currently serves as Special Advisor to the Provost on Intercultural Learning and Student Engagement.

Susan Wyche
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
Email: spwyche(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Susan Wyche is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She is also affiliated with MSUs Global Center for Food Systems Innovation funded by USAID in their Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN). Her research focuses on information and communication technologies and development (ICTD). Wyche received her Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech, an MS from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Elaine Yakura
College: Social Science
Department: Human Resources and Labor Relations
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: yakura(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Yakura is currently serving at the MSU FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams). Elaine teaches at the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at MSU. Her research interests include the study of difference and power in organizations using long-term research methods. With her colleagues from Cal Poly, Louise Soe and Ruth Guthrie, she is currently conducting research on the effect of organizational culture on women and men working in information technology organizations in the U.S. Abstracts for conference papers such as Support Structures for Women in Information Technology Careers and Does Culture Matter? A Study of Cultural Influences on the Success of Women in IT) can be found in the AIS Electronic library. Her fieldwork includes studies of information technology consultants in the U.S. and nuclear power plants in Japan and the U.S. Her articles include Billables: The meaning of time in consulting in the American Behavioral Scientist (2001), and Charting time: Timelines as temporal boundary objects, in the Academy of Management Journal (2002). She has a PhD in Organization Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a JD from UC Berkeley.


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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