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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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Matthew Conn
College: Social Science
Department: History/Human Development Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: connmatt(at)msu.edu

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Matt Conn joined GenCen's affiliated faculty in Fall 2016.

Maureen Conner
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: connerm(at)msu.edu

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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.

Emily Conroy-Krutz
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: conroyk5(at)msu.edu

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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.

Sheila Contreras
College: Social Science
Department: Chicano/Latino Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: sheilac(at)msu.edu

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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.

Mary Chapman Cook
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: cookmar4(at)msu.edu
Lisa Cook
College: Social Science
Department: Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: lisacook(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Lisa D. Cook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and in International Relations (James Madison College) at Michigan State University. Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, financial institutions and markets, innovation, and economic history. As a Senior Economist at the Presidents Council of Economic Advisers during the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Cook worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Margaret Crocco
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: croccom(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Margaret Crocco's research has focused on issues of diversity, both national and international, within a social studies education context. Most prominently, she has investigated how women of the world have been featured--or ignored-- in global studies and world history courses, state curriculum frameworks, and teacher preparation programs. She has published work related to human rights education, peace education, women and religion, and cross-cultural representations of women in literature. She has also contributed to a project of leadership development in schools in India, led by Professor Bill Gaudelli of Teachers College, Columbia University, and to several curriculum design projects in conjunction with documentary films, such as Pray the Devil Back to Hell about women peacemakers in Liberia, by filmmaker Abigail Disney.

Courtney Cuthbertson
College: MSU Extension
Department: MSU Extension
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: cuthbe16(at)msu.edu

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Courtney Cuthbertson is an Evaluation Specialist in MSU Extension. She earned her PhD in Sociology from University of Illinois in 2014, specializing in the sociology of mental health. Her research focuses on how biomedicine - including related knowledge, technologies, discourses, practices, and politics - is used to recast impactful social events as issues of individual pathology. Dr. Cuthbertson's research agenda has developed through projects in the areas of community; global and transnational sociology; health policy and health care; science, knowledge, and technology; gender and sexuality. She is currently developing projects in the areas of animals, mental health, medical care, and race.

Pero Dagbovie
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: dagbovie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Pero Gaglo Dagbovie is professor of African American history and Associate Dean in The Graduate School. His research and teaching interests comprise a range of time periods, themes, and topical specialties, including black intellectual history, the history of the black historical enterprise, black women's history, black life during the Nadir, the civil rights-Black Power movement, African American Studies, hip hop culture, and contemporary black history. His books include Black History: Old School Black Historians and the Hip Hop Generation (Bedford Publishers, Inc., 2006),The Early Black History Movement, Carter G. Woodson, and Lorenzo Johnston Greene (University of Illinois Press, 2007), African American History Reconsidered (University of Illinois Press, 2010), Carter G. Woodson in Washington, D.C.: The Father of Black History (The History Press, 2014), and What is African American History? (Polity Press: Cambridge, UK, 2015). He is on the editorial boards of The Journal for the Study of Radicalism and The Journal of Black Studies and is a lifetime member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Peter de Costa
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: pdecosta(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Peter I. De Costa is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Peters primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA), though he researches other issues in applied linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners. Much of his current work focuses on conducting ethical applied linguistic research and sociolinguistic scales.


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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