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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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Emine Evered
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: evered(at)msu.edu

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Emine Evered (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2005) is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. A scholar of the modern Middle East with a focus on late Ottoman and republican Turkey, her first book Empire and Education Under the Ottomans: Politics, Reform and Resistance from the Tanzimat to the Young Turks (I.B. Tauris, 2012) dealt with matters of educational policy and schooling in terms of society-state relations, identity politics, and international affairs. Since that time, her research and publications have focused on questions of public health, disease, sexuality and sex work, and intoxicants. She is presently completing her second book; it addresses the rise and fall of prohibition in the early Turkish republic.

Laura Fair
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: fairl(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Laura Fair is a historian of Tanzanian urban social, cultural and gendered history. Dr. Fair teaches a broad range of courses from surveys of pre-colonial and colonial Africa to graduate seminars on oral history theory, method and praxis. Dr. Fairs current project is a wide-ranging study of commercial cinema in colonial and postcolonial Tanzania. Cinemas, Cities and Audiences: The Business and Pleasures of Movie-going in Twentieth Century Tanzania, explores changes in exhibition, distribution and reception from 1900-2014.

Deborah Feltz
College: Education
Department: Kinesiology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: dfeltz(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Deborah Feltz is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Education, at Michigan State University. Deborah is broadly interested in the Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Activity, with research focusing on understanding the interrelationships of self-efficacy, motivation, and performance in sport and exercise contexts. Her current research projects involve the using group dynamics principles and virtual partners in exergames to enhance motivation to exercise.

Anne Ferguson
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: fergus12(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Anne Ferguson retired from her position as GenCen Director and Professor of Anthropology is January 2017. Anne continues to do research in the areas of development studies, gender, agricultural and environmental change, and medical anthropology. Her early work in El Salvador in medical anthropology focused on the impacts of multinational pharmaceutical firms' business practices on health care provided at pharmacies, and on the integration of these companies' products into lay and alternative medical practices. In the mid-1980s Dr. Ferguson shifted her research focus to Southern Africa where she has studied development initiatives in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, and water sector reform. Her research in Malawi centers on the gendered social construction of agricultural technology and natural resource management programs and policies. She focuses on scientists, policy makers, and other development planners, as well as villagers and other actors in development initiatives. Dr. Ferguson has studied the social and cultural factors which underpin the maintenance of crop bio-diversity, examining how these factors shape agricultural technology improvement programs. She also has examined the social impacts of fisheries policies in Malawi. Currently, her research centers on the gender dimensions of Malawi's new water reform policies.

Kirsten Fermaglich
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: fermagli(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kirsten Fermaglich has been teaching history and Jewish Studies at Michigan State since 2001. Her interests center around the historical meanings and problematic nature of ethnic identity in the United States. She is particularly interested in secular Jews as both members of and outsiders to the Jewish community, in addition to the ways that gender, race, class, and family intersect with ethnic identity.

Ramona Fernandez
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: ramona(at)msu.edu
Delia Fernandez
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: dmf(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Fernndez is a historian of Latina/o history whose work focuses on how Latina/os use panethnic identity to garner more political, social, and economic rights in the twentieth century. Her research and teaching interests also include the intersections of race, ethnicity, and sexuality in American history. She is particularly interested in immigration, migration, labor, social movements and women's history.

Yomaira Figueroa
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: yomairaf(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Yomaira Figueroa works on 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic literature & culture. Her current book project, Decolonial Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Latinx & Afro-Hispanic Literature, focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. Framed with critical attention to theories of decoloniality, women of color feminisms, and feminist philosophy, the book complicates and enriches ongoing conversations and debates about diaspora and Latinx studies,migration and borders, race and cultural/linguistic belonging, and reparations and (Afro)futurisms.

Lisa Fine
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: fine(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Lisa Fine received her undergraduate degree from the New York State School for Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and her M.A. and Ph.D in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Professor of History and her specialty is US Labor, Working Class, and Women's and Gender History. Dr. Fine is the author of several articles and two books, The Souls of the Skyscraper: Female Clerical Workers in Chicago, 1870-1930, Temple University Press, 1990; and The Story of Reo Joe: Work, Kin, and Community in Autotown, USA, Temple University Press, 2004. The latter won several awards, including the Michigan Notable Book Award. She is also co-editor, with Kirsten Fermaglich, of the Norton Critical Edition of The Feminine Mystique, W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. Her present research project is on the relationship between the twentieth century U.S. working class and the land.

Mary Finn
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: mfinn(at)msu.edu

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Mary A. Finn is Director and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research addresses problems and issues directly related to justice policy and practice. She has collaborated extensively with local justice agencies, advocacy organizations, and divisions of the state government in efforts to bridge the world of academia and the world of policy and practice. Dr. Finn’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and Department of Corrections. She is currently doing research on how community contexts influence implicit bias in prosecutorial decisions. Her most recent publications appear in Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Victims and Offenders. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Finn served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Georgia State University and participated in the Harvard University program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and the Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.


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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