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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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Allison Berg
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: berga(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Berg's research focuses on twentieth-century American literature and culture, with an emphasis on African American literature and on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. She has published articles on William Faulkner, Pauline Hopkins, Marita Bonner, the Harlem Renaissance, and contemporary film. Her book Mothering the Race: Women's Narratives of Reproduction, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2002) examines African American and white women's novels about motherhood in the context of racial uplift, feminist, birth control, and eugenics movements. Her recent publications include: "Integrating African American Literature and Writing at a College of Public Affairs," in Integrating Writing and Literature in First-Year English (Modern Language Association, 2007); and "Trauma and Testimony in Black Women's Civil Rights Memoirs," in the Journal of Women's History 21.3 (Fall 2009). Professor Berg was awarded a University Lilly Teaching Fellowship for 1999-2000. She is the current faculty director of the James Madison Writing Consultancy and a core faculty member of MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen).

Lisa Biggs
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: biggslis(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lisa Biggs is a performing artist and performance scholar. She earned a BA in Theatre and Dance at Amherst College, an MA in Playwriting and Performance Studies from New York University, and most recently completed a PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Building off her diverse experiences as an artist and activist, Lisa's current scholarship stands at the intersection of Performance Studies, Black Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Law. Recent publications include an analysis of Rhodessa Jones's solo play Big-Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women for the anthology Solo/Black/Woman, edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera (2013). Her ongoing interest in the performance of justice, law enforcement and prisoner rehabilitation is now expressed through research on the impact of theatre and dance programs for incarcerated women confined in the US and South Africa, and new collaborations with people whose lives are touched in other ways by criminal legal systems.

Susan Bitensky
College: Law
Department: Law
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bitensky(at)law.msu.edu

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Upon graduation from law school, Professor Bitensky served as assistant general counsel to the United Steelworkers of America for three years in Pittsburgh, followed by four years of private practice with a Manhattan labor law firm. Before joining the Law College faculty in 1988, she was associate counsel to the New York City Board of Education for six years during which time she dealt mainly with commercial law and education law matters. Professor Bitensky has published a book Corporal Punishment of Children: A Human Rights Violation (Transnational Publishers 2006); a chapter of an American Bar Association volume; a piece in an encyclopedia on childhood, issued by The University of Chicago Press; as well as a host of law review articles in leading journals such as Northwestern University Law Reviewand Notre Dame Law Review. She has also presented papers at numerous international symposia. Her scholarship focuses on children's rights under the federal Constitution and international human rights law. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Before college, Professor Bitensky was an apprentice to the Robert Joffrey Ballet Company. She teaches Evidence, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, and International Human Rights Law.

Adrian Blow
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: blowa(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Adrian Blow grew up in South Africa and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. He is involved with several studies related to military deployment including post-deployment adjustment of Michigan National Guard Couples (MING), evaluation of the BuddytoBuddy program (a peer to peer support program), and other family based interventions. He and his collaborators work closely with the MING around issues of data collection, service delivery, and reporting to policy makers about issues related to reintegration. He is part of a multi-disciplinary research team studying spirituality, emotional wellbeing, and quality of life in women living with breast cancer. Currently, he is working on developing a family based intervention targeting improved quality of life in this population. He is also working on implement an HIV/AIDS intervention in South Africa.

Robyn Bluhm
College: Arts and Letters/Lyman Briggs
Department: Philosophy/Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: rbluhm(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Robyn Bluhm is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and Lyman Briggs College. Her research examines philosophical issues in neuroscience and in medicine, with a particular focus on the relationship between ethical and epistemological questions in these areas. She has written extensively on the philosophy of evidence-based practice and on the use of functional neuroimaging in psychiatry. She is a co-editor of Neurofeminism: Issues at the Intersection of Feminist Theory and Cognitive Science.

Anne Bogat
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bogat(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Bogat currently focuses her research on the developmental consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) on women and young children. Along with her collaborators (Levendosky, Davidson, and von Eye), she conducted an 10 year longitudinal study of IPV beginning data collection when women were pregnant and following them and their children almost every year until the children were 10 years old. She is interested in trajectories of risk and resilience among the children. Current work (with Levendosky, Lonstein, and von Eye) explores the biological correlates of trauma related to IPV and how, during pregnancy, factors such as cortisol might affect development pre and postnatally. Dr. Bogat has also written about person oriented methods and she is working on a practical guide to assessment with Dr. Hopwood.

Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis
College: Human Medicine
Department: Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: bogdanlo(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis' interests focus on the political economy of U.S. medicalized childbirth and the emerging paradigm of evidence-based medicine. From an analysis of women's agency in childbirth "choice", she considers evidence-based patient choice. Her current work also focuses on the recent rapid integration of evidence-based medicine into medical education curricula and clinical practice - observing in particular, how such information interfaces with the traditional construction and flow of medical authority.

Michael Boivin
College: Osteopathic Medicine
Department: Neurology and Ophthalmology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: boivin(at)msu.edu

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Biography: A former Fulbright research scholar to the DR Congo (1990-91) and Uganda (2003-04), Dr. Boivin presently leads R34 MH082663; Cognitive and psychosocial benefits of caregiver training in Ugandan HIV children. He is also leading a study in Uganda on the cognitive rehabilitation of school-age Ugandan children affected by HIV (R34 MH084782, Neuropsychological Benefits of Cognitive Training in Ugandan HIV Children. He has led the neurodevelopmental assessment portions of an NIH R21 study on the neurocognitive effects of HIV subtype in Ugandan children (PI: Wong), and on a K01 study on the neurodevelopmental and factors affecting neurocognitive disability in rural Ugandan children affected by HIV (PI: Brahmbhatt). He recently published studies in evaluating cognitive rehabilitation programs in Ugandan school-age children with HIV and those having survived cerebral malaria. Presently Dr. Boivin is collaborating on studies evaluating the neurcognitive effects of cerebral malaria in Malawian and in Ugandan children, as well as the developmental effects of maternal anemia in very young children in Benin.

Amy Bonomi
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bonomi(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Amy E. Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Bonomi's research focuses on the health impacts, contexts for, and dynamics of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. She is currently conducting studies on campus sexual assault, and developing intervention tools to assist college students in decoding abuse, power, control and harm in relationships. In recognition of the impact of Dr. Bonomi's research in violence prevention, in 2011, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University's College of Education and Human Ecology. Dr. Bonomi is an associate editor at the Journal of Women's Health, and she is the Chair of MSU's Sexual Violence Advisory Committee.

Andaluna Borcila
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: borcila(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Borcila's current research is in post cold war cultural and literary studies (television, narratives of immigration and return, and travel writing). More generally, her research and teaching are concerned with such issues as the politics of representation and representing others, displacement, encounters between East/West, the construction and intersection of race, gender, ethnicity and nationality, and the role of television as a technology of nationhood. Professor Borcila has published and presented work on the tele-visual gendering of American identity and on post cold war representations of Eastern Europe.


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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