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.
Biography: Dr. Soma Chaudhuri's research focuses violence, social movements, gender and witch hunts. Her most recent publication is her book titled, Witches, Tea Plantations and Lives of Migrant laborers in India. Chaudhuri is currently working on a project that explores how grassroots women leaders trained through various empowerment models, strategize individually and collectively against domestic violence in their communities. The research location for the project is in the urban areas of Ahmedabad and Mehesana, and rural locations in the district of Kutchch and Patan, in Gujarat, India.
Biography: Cheruvelil is an anthropologist and behavioral ecologist interested in Indigenous livelihoods and decision-making. He studies resource and land use choices and the role they play in community well-being (e.g., food security and health). His recent work with contemporary Indigenous communities explores gendered questions including the creation and negotiation of informal social institutions and how these roles facilitate the buffering of resource and social risk.
Biography: Amita Chudgar is an associate professor of educational administration and education policy. As an economist of education her long-term interests focus on ensuring that children and adults in resource-constrained environments have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds.
Biography: Kimberly Chung holds graduate degrees in foods and nutrition as well as agricultural economics. Her interests lie in the area of food and nutrition security and focus on how we may improve food access and utilization among marginalized populations. As a public scholar, Chung is an advocate of collaborative and participatory approaches to inquiry. Participatory approaches transcend the boundaries among disciplines and between expert and lay ways of knowing. More importantly, they create a means for scholars to engage with, and remain relevant to, the public. Chung has lived and worked in India, Guatemala, Mexico and Michigan, and is interested in how ordinary people may have more voice in the systems that govern their own food security situation. Her current work includes a Kellogg and CONACYT-funded project that focuses on the use of school gardens as a means to integrate nutrition and agroecological knowledge into the K-12 curriculum in Chiapas, Mexico and a USAID-funded project to examine nutrition-agriculture linkages in gardening projects in Cambodia. In the US she works collaboratively with community partners in food banks, low-income farmers markets, neighborhood centers, and schools.
Darlene Clark Hine, a leading historian of the African-American experience who helped found the field of black women’s history, has been appointed Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious faculty appointment at the university. The appointment is in the Department of History within the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Hine will engage in research and other activities such as collaborating with MSU scholars and students.
Biography: Dan Clay is Professor and Director, Global Programs in Sustainable Agri-food Systems in the Department of Community Sustainability, and Senior Associate to the Dean, CANR. His work in agricultural and rural development focuses on issues of sustainable food and agricultural value chain development (high value exports), food security, food aid impacts, household livelihood strategies, relief-development linkages, conservation investments, sustainable agricultural intensification, and household survey methodologies. His current/recent research and international development activities include smallholder food security and coffee value chain development in Rwanda and Burundi; satellite-based methods for forecasting and famine early warning in Senegal; and horticulture value chains and food safety in Vietnam and Thailand (WTO sponsored) and Rwanda (EU sponsored). Dan's domestic research program focuses on sports analytics, notably the ecological and organizational determinants of performance and success in college athletics.
Matt Conn joined GenCen's affiliated faculty in Fall 2016.
Biography: Dr. Maureen Conner is a professor and director of the Judicial Administration Program and JERITT Project. She holds a PhD in Sociology from MSU with two distinct concentrations, first, the intersections of race, class, and gender; and second, the sociology of work and advancement of occupations to professional status, particularly those in judicial systems. She is an engaged scholar conducting field research, technical assistance, and continuing professional education in U.S. courts as well as Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Conner is guided by rule of law principles under constitutional governments ensuring access to justice, due process, and the guarantee of individual rights and liberties.
Biography: Emily Conroy-Krutz is a historian of eighteenth and nineteenth century America, with a specialization in the international history of American reform and religion. She earned her PhD from Harvard University in 2012. Her book, Christian Imperialism: Converting the World in the Early American Republic, was published by Cornell University Press in 2015 as part of the U.S. and the World Series. It examines the global reach of the American foreign mission movement in the years between the 1790s and 1840s and analyzes the missionary response to imperialism. She has published essays and articles on early American empire, Anglo-American connections in missions to India, transatlantic reform, and women’s education. At Michigan State, she teaches courses on American women’s history, colonial America, the American Revolution, the US and the World, and religion and American politics.
Biography: Contreras received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published in D. H. Lawrence Review, Reflexiones, and Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o Literature, Multi-ethnic literatures, the literatures and theories of travel and tourism, American Studies and Women's Studies. She teaches in graduate and undergraduate courses in American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies and Womens Studies.
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.