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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 18 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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Mary Bresnahan
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: bresnah1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Mary Bresnahan currently leads 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. Her newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each others cultures. In addition, her research interests include culture & identity, spirituality & health, and barriers to organ donation.

NiCole Buchanan
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: nbuchana(at)msu.edu

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Biography: NiCole Buchanan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. NiColes research interests include violence and victimization, such as sexual harassment, racial harassment, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse and assault. NiColes research interests also include the intersections of race and gender and their effects on sexualized violence, in addition to mental health, well-being and resilience among women of color.

Nancy Bunge
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: bunge(at)msu.edu

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Biography: As a Professor at Michigan State University,Nancy Bunge teaches primarily interdisciplinary general education courses and has won two teaching awards. She has also held Fulbright lectureships at The University of Vienna, the Free University of Brussels, the University of Ghent and the University of Siegen. She has published over eighty contributions to books and periodicals, including work in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The American Poetry Review, The Washington Post, Philosophy Now, Poets and Writers Magazine and The Writer's Chronicle.

Gene Burns
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: burnsg(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Burns' research interests include reproductive politics, the politics of religion, moral conflict, and social movements. He also teaches social policy and social theory. He was awarded a fellowship to the Annenberg Scholars Program in 1995-96 and is the author of The Frontiers of Catholicism: The Politics of Ideology in a Liberal World and of The Moral Veto: Framing Contraception, Abortion, and Cultural Pluralism in the United States. In 2004 he was a recipient of the Mid-Michigan Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Lawrence Busch
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: lbusch(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. He has been on the faculty at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Lancaster University (UK), and what is now the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). Dr. Busch's current interests include the use of standards in public and private policy making, biotechnology and nanotechnology policy, agricultural science and technology policy, higher education in agriculture, and public participation in the policy process and the consequences of neoliberal policies for democratic governance.

Kristine Byron
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: byronk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kristine Byron is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. She teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature, culture, and women's studies. She received her PhD in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2001. She is the author of Women, Revolution, and Autobiographical Writing in the Twentieth Century: Writing History, Writing the Self (2007) and several articles on Cuban history, Latin American literature, and Irish literature.

Cheryl Caesar
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: caesarc(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Cheryl Caesar is an Assistant Professor, teaching Preparation for College Writing. Her background is in comparative literature, and she wrote her doctoral thesis on Leo Tolstoy and Anne Tyler at the Sorbonne. She is interested in culture studies, and works with colleagues to develop new translingual and transcultural curricula for the PCW and FYW classrooms. She is the WRAC department steward for the Union of Non-Tenured Faculty.

Angela Calabrese Barton
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: acb(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Angela Calabrese Barton is a professor in teacher education. Her research focuses on issues of equity and social justice in science education, with a particular emphasis on the urban context. Drawing from qualitative and critical/feminist methodologies, she conducts ethnographic and case study research in urban community- and school- based settings that targets the science teaching- learning experiences of three major stakeholder groups: upper elementary and middle school youth, teachers learning to teach science for social justice, and parents engaging in their childrens science education. She also engages in curriculum research and development that links nutrition and science literacies in the upper elementary and middle school classroom. She is currently co- editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Rebecca Campbell
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: rmc(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology with a concentration in statistics, also from Michigan State University. For the past 25 years, she has been conducting community-based research on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on sexual assault. Dr. Campbell’s research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health. Most recently, she was the lead researcher for the National Institute of Justice-funded Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Action Research Project, which was a four-year multidisciplinary study of Detroit’s untested rape kits. Dr. Campbell also conducts training for law enforcement and multidisciplinary practitioners in civilian, military, and campus community settings on the neurobiology of trauma.

Jennifer Carrera
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: jcarrera(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer Carrera is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. She has a joint appointment between the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in Biostatistics from Emory University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University. In 2014-2015 she completed postdoctoral training with the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University under the direction of Phil Brown. Dr. Carrera is part of the campus-wide Global Water Initiative. Her area of research focuses on environmental justice issues of access to clean water and sanitation in low-income communities domestically and internationally. Her work examines the role of power and exclusion in the production of marginalized spaces and bodies, using water as a surrogate for mapping power.


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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