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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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Delia Fernandez
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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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
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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.

Sara Fingal
College: Lyman Briggs/Social Science
Department: Lyman Briggs/History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: sfingal(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Sara Fingal is an Assistant Professor who earned her MA and PhD in history from Brown University. Her work to date ties together urban and rural history with an analysis of landscapes and ecosystems that transcend municipal, state, and national boundaries throughout North America. Her principal research interests are environmental history, North American borderlands, social movements, the Great Lakes, science and society, race and gender in post-1945 U.S. society and culture, and the Pacific shoreline from Oregon to Baja California Sur, Mexico. Presently, Fingal is working on her research and teaching courses on environmental history and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. She has a dual appointment at Lyman Briggs College (75%) and the Department of History (25%). Her current book manuscript is focused on conflicts over access and property rights along the Pacific coastline in the mid-twentieth century. Additionally, she is researching abundant natural resource management and the role of women, children, and scientists in environmental toxicity controversies.

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.


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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