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

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Christina DeJong is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research interests focus on violence against women, hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity, genocidal violence, and gender differences in policing.

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
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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.

Danielle DeVoss
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: devossda(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Danielle Nicole DeVoss is a professor of Professional Writing at Michigan State University, and also serves as Director of Digital Humanities and Convener of the Creativity Exploratory for the College of Arts and Letters. DeVoss' research interests include digitalvisual rhetorics; feminist interpretations of and interventions in computer technologies; and intellectual property issues in digital space.

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”.

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.


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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