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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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Amanda Flaim
College: James Madison
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
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Email: flaim(at)msu.edu

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Professor Flaim studies problems and paradoxes in human rights policy, including statelessness and citizenship, human trafficking, and the global expansion of rights to education and birth registration. Her current research projects explore the risk of trafficking among Cambodian and Burmese men and boys into the Thai fishing industry, and the causes and consequences of statelessness in Thailand and Nepal. Professor Flaim has consulted for several NGOs and United Nations agencies on a number of projects, including designing and leading two of the largest country-level surveys of stateless populations conducted to date. Prior to arriving at James Madison College, she was a postdoctoral associate and Human Rights Fellow at Duke University, where she taught courses on human rights, citizenship, migration, and qualitative and mixed methods research for public policy students.

Terry Flennaugh
College: Education
Department: Teacher Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: flennaug(at)msu.edu

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As the Coordinator of Urban Education Initiatives for the College of Education, Terry Flennaugh specializes in race, culture and equity in education. His research focuses primarily on the educational experiences of Black males and other students of color in urban contexts. Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, he examines the sense-making processes involved in constructing identities that lead to high academic performance in urban schools. He also studies issues of educational access and equity for communities of color in addition to single-sex educational spaces for urban youth.

Zsuzsanna Fluck
College: Business
Department: Finance
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: fluck(at)broad.msu.edu

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Biography: Zsuzsanna Fluck's research expertise is on Financial contracting; security design; mergers and acquisitions; corporate restructuring; corporate governance; venture capital; and private equity.

Melissa Fore
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: foremeli(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Professor Fore's research engages African American literature, critical race theory, law and cultural studies to query the ways in which laws and social prohibitions against interracial intimacy create moments of erotic spectacle. Her work explores how the concept of race is both legally and culturally constructed, the contexts within which it operates, and the ways cultural and artistic texts influence, echo, and ratify these prohibitions.

Eunice Foster
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: fosteref(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Eunice Foster is a professor in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department. Previous research from Dr. Foster consisted of crop physiology, nitrogen partitioning and remobilization, physiological mechanisms of drought resistance in legumes. Dr. Foster's current work focuses on student recruitment & development and K-20 STEM Education.

Russ Freed
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: freed(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Russ Freed, plant breeder and administrator, has been involved in international development and breeding for over 40 years, working 8 years for IRRI, living in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines (1972-80) before coming to MSU in 1980. In addition to his breeding program, Dr. Freed was Deputy Director for the Bean/Cowpea CRSP for 10 years, Acting Associate Dean and Director of the Institute of International Agriculture for 2.5 years, 2 year sabbatical with the World Bank, Acting Director of Partnership for Food Industry Development Fruits and Vegetables (2 years) and Associate Chair of the Crop and Soil Sciences Department. Dr. Freed has developed and/or reviewed international development projects for USAID, Ford Foundation, the World Bank and consulting firms. He developed an agricultural research software program, MSTAT, which he sold to researchers in over 120 countries.

Sonja Fritzsche
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics and German, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: fritzsc9(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sonja Fritzsche is Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and Professor of German and an affiliated faculty of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program. Her research focuses on (East) German literature and film, Heimat discourse, ecotopia, and science fiction. She is the editor of the book series World Science Fiction Studies with Peter Lang. Her publications include: The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, editor (Liverpool University Press, 2014), Science Fiction Literature in East Germany (Peter Lang, 2006); articles in the German Quarterly, German Politics & Society, German Studies Review, Women in German Yearbook, Film & History, Extrapolation, Utopian Studies and Filmforum. She has received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Fulbright, among others. She currently serves as President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL). She is also on the editorial advisory boards of Extrapolation,the Brazilian science fiction journal Zanzal, and the Indian on-line journal Caesurae: Poetics of Cultural Translation.

Masako Fujita
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: masakof(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Masako Fujita is a biological anthropologist specializing in contemporary human variation in micronutrient storage and metabolism. Masako's research focuses on the health and evolutionary implications of mother and offspring nutrition. Masako's research is a combination of epidemiological, biomarker and ethnographic methods to investigate biocultural pathways to malnutrition, particularly clarifying why some nutritional deficiencies and health issues persist today despite public health intervention efforts. Masako's work also evaluates the applicability of clinical nutrition and health research methods to anthropological studies in resource-poor, non-clinical settings.

Joseba Gabilondo
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: joseba(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Joseba Gabilondo is an associate professor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. He has published several articles on Basque and Spanish nationalisms, Atlantic studies, intellectual discourse, postnationalism, masculinity, feminism, queer theory, globalization, and Hispanic and Hollywood cinema. He is currently finishing two book manuscripts entitled Before Babel: A Cultural History of Basque Literatures (a cultural and postnational history of Basque literatures from the Middle Ages to the 21st century) and Atlantic Spain: Nationalism and the Postcolonial Ghost.

Penny Gardner
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: gardne45(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Penny Gardner has taught in various departments at MSU. Along with a degree in American Studies, concentrating on Feminist Philosophy, Women's Studies, and Autobiography as Theory and Practice, Penny also came to MSU with a long-lived rich and varied history of activism in feminist and social justice issues. Gardner is an active member of her communities, serving as president of the Lansing Association for Human Rights and as a Commissioner on the Commission on Services to the Aging. She brings current and past history of extensive community involvement to her teaching of writing.


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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