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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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Andrew Dillon
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: dillona6(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Andrew Dillon is an assistant professor in the tenure system at Michigan State University in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. His current research focuses on household labor supply and education decisions, the interrelationship of agriculture, health and nutrition, and social network effects on technology adoption. His ongoing projects are currently being implemented with government agencies, private sector firms, and NGOs in Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria.

Jualynne Dodson
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dodsonj2(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Jualynne Dodson is Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Program in African American & African Studies at Michigan State University and the founding Director of the African Atlantic Research Team. She earned the PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley with a specialization in religion. Her research agenda focuses on religion and culture of African descendants in the Americas. She has written several articles and books on such topics as Women and Religion, Cuba’s Distinct Religions, the African Diaspora and Religion, Mentoring Racial Ethnic Students, Qualitative Research Methods and the African Diaspora, and many others. Among graduate courses Dodson has taught are “Structural Inequalities: Globalization and the African Diaspora”, “Religion, Culture, and Racial Identity”, and “Cross-Cultural Qualitative Research Methods”.

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: edh(at)msu.edu

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Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University and Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab<https://www.familycommlab.com/>. She received her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University. Elizabeth's research focuses on communication processes in close relationships, especially in the context of family. Elizabeth has applied and extended interpersonal and family communication theories (e.g., family communication patterns theory (FCP), confirmation theory) to explore how family communication and support are associated with young adults’ academic, relational, and psychological well-being. Other current projects focus on changes in perceptions of family member marginalization over the life course and women's experiences in "traditionally male" career fields.

Kristie Dotson
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: dotsonk(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kristie Dotson received her M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis. She also received a MA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Literature and a BA in African American Studies and English Literature from Coe College. Professor Dotson researches in epistemology, feminist philosophy (particularly Black feminism and feminist epistemology), and critical philosophy of race.

Elizabeth Drexler
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: drexler(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Drexler is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of MSUs Peace and Justice Studies Program. In 2003-2004, as a Fulbright New Century Scholar, she initiated a research project examining how institutional forms such as tribunals and truth commissions shape individual and collective narratives about past violence and how these narratives contribute to the processes by which institutions of governance become socially and politically legitimate. Her research in Aceh, Indonesia, and East Timor explores how societies address legacies of political violence, emphasizing the relationships among institutions, transnational interventions, historical narratives, and contested memories in establishing a rule of law and reconstructing social and political lifeor failing to do so.

Amanda Dubey-Zerka
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: dubeyama(at)msu.edu

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Amanda Dubey-Zerka is the Director of Continuing Education for the School of Social Work at Michigan State. Amanda's interests include sexual trauma, trauma treatment, domestic violence, crisis intervention, homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth, LGBTQ issues, nonprofit management, online/distance learning.

Diane Ebert-May
College: Natural Science
Department: Plant Biology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: ebertmay(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Diane Ebert-May provides international leadership for discipline-based biology education research that integrates life sciences and cognitive science. She promotes professional development, assessment and improvement of faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students who actively participate in creative research about teaching and learning in the context of their scientific discipline. Ebert-Mays research group developed and tested a model for professional development workshops based on learner-centered teaching. They continue to investigate the impact of undergraduates design and use of models to build conceptual connections across scales in biology and are following students' progress through a sequence of the major's biology curriculum.

Chinwe Effiong
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Mastercard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: effiongc(at)msu.edu

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 Dr. Chinwe Effiong is Assistant Dean for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, while leveraging MSU expertise to identify and scale new opportunities for global youth education, entrepreneurship and empowerment initiatives. Before joining MSU, Dr. Effiong served as CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) in Africa, where she provided strategic direction and oversight for JA operations across sub-Saharan Africa. She worked closely with government, civil society groups and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness and promote support for programs that enabled young people in Africa to improve their livelihoods. Dr. Effiong has made significant contributions to the global mission to create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth, especially young women, residing in the world’s most marginalized communities. She designed the groundbreaking entrepreneurship curriculum for out of school youth, popularly referred to as ITS TYME (Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs). In partnership with Google volunteers, she also facilitated the creation of the JA SySTEM, an innovative curriculum designed to raise awareness about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among middle and high school students, especially girls, across Africa. Prior to joining JA, Dr. Effiong was the Director of Programs for Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for several years as Country Director for Nigeria and Regional Director for East and West Africa at Africare, a Washington, D.C. based, international development organization, addressing a wide range of development needs across the continent of Africa. Dr. Effiong started her professional career as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lincoln University, PA and served as interim Chair of the Department of Political Science there. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Dr. Effiong is a recognized thought leader in the field of youth education and entrepreneurship and has served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Effiong is a creative writer and motivational speaker.

Steven Esquith
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
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Program: GJEC
Email: esquith(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Stephen L. Esquith has been working on ethical problems in developing countries since 1990, when he was a senior Fulbright scholar in Poland. His primary scholarly work is Intimacy and Spectacle (Cornell, 1994), a critique of classical and modern liberal political philosophy. Steve has also been involved in numerous civic engagement projects in the public schools, including an exchange program between local elementary school children in the United States and schoolchildren in a community school in Kati, Mali. He led study abroad programs focusing on ethical issues in development in Mali in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 and spent the 2005-06 academic year teaching and working with colleagues at the University of Bamako as a senior Fulbright scholar. After consulting with the Malian Ministry for Reconciliation in 2013, he is returning to Mali in summer 2014 to lead a new study abroad program there to develop a local dialogue forum in collaboration with students and faculty from the Ecole Normal Superieure in Bamako and the Institute for Popular Education in Kati. After serving as chair of the MSU Department of Philosophy from 2000 to 2005, he became dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities in 2006.

Kyle Evered
College: Social Science
Department: Geography
Affiliation:
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: ktevered(at)msu.edu

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Trained to study geographies of the Middle East and North Africa and the former Soviet states of Eurasia, most of Kyle Evered's research deals with topics associated with geographies of Turkey and its neighboring states. In particular, he has published on the cultural and historical geographies, political geographies, and cultural ecologies of the country and its wider regions. Some of his recent research concerns include geographies of the opium poppy, of health and wellbeing, and identity-place constructs (such as nationalism, territoriality, and regionalism).


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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