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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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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.

Kiki Edozie
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: rkedozie(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie is a Professor of International Relations and African Affairs at James Madison College of Public Affairs and Director of African American and African Studies (AAAS) in the College of Arts and Letters. She is the author, co-author, editor of five books (two forthcoming), including The African Union's Africa (Michigan State University Press, forthcoming); and single author of several journal articles/book chapters in comparative politics of Africa, global development, democratization, and Pan African studies.

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).

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
Program:
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
Program:
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
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Email: ramona(at)msu.edu

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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