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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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Joshua Yumibe
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: yumibe(at)

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Biography: Joshua Yumibe’s research focuses on the aesthetic and technological history of cinema. He is the author of Moving Color: Early Film, Mass Culture, Modernism (Rutgers University Press, 2012), which examines early color cinema in relation to the cultural and aesthetic horizon of modernism and modernity. Other areas of interest include avant-garde and experimental cinemas, nineteenth and early twentieth century visual culture, Frankfurt school theory, and archival theories and practices. He is also the co-author of Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), with Giovanna Fossati, Tom Gunning, and Jonathon Rosen. With Sarah Street (University of Bristol), Yumibe is working on the co-authored book Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s (under contract with Columbia University Press). The book investigates the major spheres of color expression in commercial and experimental motion pictures of the 1920s, and derives from research conducted through the Leverhulme Trust funded project, "Colour in the 1920s: Cinema and Its Intermedial Contexts." Since 2003, Yumibe has been collaborating with Paolo Cherchi Usai on the archival collection, Davide Turconi Project. In 2011, they launched the project online to provide access to the collection as part of the 30th anniversary of the Giornate del Cinema. In 2016, he was a recipient of the Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award, which is granted to faculty who early in their careers have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching, and whose instruction is linked to and informed by their research and creative activities.

Geri Alumit Zeldes
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Journalism
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: alumitge(at)

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Biography: Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor and graduate studies director in MSU’s School of Journalism, has seven best paper awards from international communication associations and more than two dozen honors for her documentary films and other creative scholarship that include an RTDNA Unity award, two Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Awards, Top 25 Public Vote in ArtPrize, an AAJA award, a Telly, two regional Emmys ®, two SPJ and MAB awards. Zeldes won grants from the Michigan Humanities Council, Ruth Mott Foundation and others, and was invited to speak at two Tedx events. In spring 2015, for her social justice work, she was one of 50 faculty featured on an MSU billboard for the “Spartans Will” campaign.

April Zeoli
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Email: zeoli(at)

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April M. Zeoli is an Associate Professor and coordinator of undergraduate studies in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Dr. Zeoli conducts interdisciplinary research, with a goal of bringing together the fields of public health and criminology and criminal justice. Her main field of investigation is the prevention of intimate partner violence and homicide through policy interventions. Specifically, she is interested in the role of firearms in intimate partner violence and homicide, as well as the civil and criminal justice systems responses to intimate partner violence. She is currently the primary investigator on research to analyze the strength of legal firearm restrictions for perpetrators of domestic violence and their impact on intimate partner homicide, and to study the implementation of domestic violence firearm laws in selected communities. In addition, Dr. Zeoli studies homicide more generally, and has received attention for interdisciplinary research that applies an infectious disease model to the spread of homicide in Newark, New Jersey. She earned her PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied health and public policy, specializing in violence prevention, and a master"s in public health from the University of Michigan.

Zhenmei Zhang
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: zhangz12(at)

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Biography: Zhenmei Zhang is Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Zhang's areas of expertise include aging and the life course, family and health, racial/ethnic disparities in health, and elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Specifically, her research has focused on the effects of social relationships (parental and marital history) on both physical and mental health in later life and the role of gender in moderating the impact of social relationships on health. Another line of her research has examined racial/ethnic differentials in a variety of health outcomes, including chronic health problems, functioning problems, and active life expectancy. Most recent projects include an examination of early life influences on cognitive impairment and dementia in China and the United States. Presently, she is investigating patterns and determinants of intergenerational transfers in contemporary China. Dr. Zhang's research has appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Research on Aging, The Gerontologist, and Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect.

Leo Zulu
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: zulu(at)

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Biography: Research Interests: Political ecology; environment and development; community-based natural resources management in rural Africa; deforestation; food security; socio-spatial; temporal and biophysical processes of land use and land cover change in Africa and the techniques that permit their examination including Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems; and vulnerability and adaptation of rural communities in southern Africa to climate change.

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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