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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 Chapman Cook
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
Program:
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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Biography: 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
Program:
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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Biography: Dr. Cuthbertson's research interests are the sociology of mental health, community behavioral health, sociology of knowledge, globalization, medical sociology and gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Pero Dagbovie
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program:
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.

Christina DeJong
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dejongc(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Christina DeJong is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, and serves as Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science. Her research focuses primarily on gender and crime, with special emphases on victimization and policing. Recently, Dr. DeJong's research has shifted to focus on mass violence and genocide, particularly as it affects women worldwide.

Nancy Dejoy
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dejoy(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Nancy C. DeJoy is Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures and the Director of Academic Assessment Initiatives for the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. In Process This: Undergraduate Writing in Composition Studies she presents an approach to undergraduate writing that reconnects reading and writing to create a pedagogy of participation and contribution. Subsequent scholarship has focused on how research-based writing instruction can integrate information literacy activities in productive ways, especially by refiguring the relationship between reading and writing in ways that enrich content comprehension. DeJoy also co-coordinated (with the Provost for Undergraduate Education) the five-year long process of involving faculty, staff, librarians, and undergraduate and graduate students in the creation and institutionalization of MSUs undergraduate learning goals and assessment rubrics, including designing and leading a web development team to create an interactive rubric website for members of the MSU community. Her work in the College of Arts and Letters focuses on inspiring and supporting innovative teaching that addresses the needs of diverse learners and engages assessment practices that enhance teaching and learning.

Valentina Denzel
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: vdenzel(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Valentina Denzel is an Assistant Professor of French Literature (17th and 18th century) at the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. Her fields of interest are: Italian and French Literature (15th – 18th century), Queer and Gender Studies, Narratology, Possible World Theory, Relation between fiction and reality, Querelle des femmes. She published several articles in this field of research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French literature and language. She is member of several national and international organizations (RSA, MLA, SIEFAR, EFIGIES,RING, SFLGC)

Amy DeRogatis
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Religious Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: derogat1(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Amy DeRogatis is Professor of Religion and American Culture. She has taught at Michigan State since 1998. She is the author of Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism(Oxford University Press, 2015) and Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier(Columbia University Press, 2003). In December 2014 DeRogatis and her co-PI Isaac Weiner (OSU) received $30,000 for their Religious Soundmap Project of the Global Midwest. This project is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is a digital humanities project that aims to map the religious diversity of midwestern cities through sound. Over the next 18 months, her research team of MSU faculty and student researchers will make sound recordings of religion “in practice” in the Mid-Michigan area and integrate these recordings, along with interviews, visual images, and explanatory texts, onto a publicly accessible online mapping platform. Prof. DeRogatis has begun a new research project titled “Mormon King” on James Jesse Strang and the Strangite community on Beaver Island, MI in the mid-nineteenth century.


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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