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Wenda Bauchspies, Co-Director of International Research and Engagement

Wenda.jpgWenda Bauchspies
Co-Director of GenCen for International Research and Engagement

Wenda Bauchspies is the co-director for International Research and Engagement at the GenCen. In this role, she is responsible for providing intellectual and programmatic leadership in the area of research and engagement related to international gender studies, while working collaboratively with faculty and other key university stakeholders. She also oversees the graduate specializations in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) and International Development (GSID), as well as serving as the Editor for the Gendered Perspectives in International Development (GPID) Papers Series.

Bauchspies is an interdisciplinary and international social scientist whose expertise lies in the integration of gender, social justice, and culture with agricultural research and technological adaptation. Focusing on West Africa, her interdisciplinary work has supported the advancement agricultural policies that assist smallholder farmers in the region and addresses the global issue of food security. Bauchspies came to GenCen after leaving her role as the program director for Science, Technology & Society and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she co-administered the infrastructure supporting research and education programs in science, technology, and society. She worked with scholars in the field of ethical STEM and facilitates NSF's mission to advance innovative activities in research and education that contribute to the nation's technological strength, security, and welfare. She holds a PhD in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

What is your favorite thing to talk about:
Social Theory

If you had any career other than the one you currently have, what would it be?
Arborist or Ophthalmologist

Top 5 things I'd like to see in the future:
1. A safe and respectful university
2. Good global healthcare
3. Unpolluted Earth
4. Respectful communities
5. Instantaneous Travel

Stephanie Nawyn, Co-Director for Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement


Stephanie Nawyn
Co-Director for Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement

Stephanie Nawyn is the co-director for academic programs, outreach, and engagement at GenCen. In this role, she is responsible for developing and managing related academic programs, including the major, minor, and grad specialization in Women's & Gender Studies, and the LGBTQ & Sexuality Studies minor. In addition, Nawyn leads the Center's outreach and engagement across campus and with community and women's organizations.

"Dr. Nawyn has established herself as an engaged scholar, a community leader, and an extraordinary role model for students," said Anne Ferguson, senior associate dean for International Studies and Programs and former co-director for the Center for Gender in Global Context. "GenCen not only benefits from her depth of experience and innovative thinking, but also her passion for the work."

Nawyn joined Michigan State University in 2006 and is associate professor of sociology. She is a core faculty member for GenCen and is also affiliate faculty for the Center for Forced Migration Studies at Northwestern University. Nawyn's research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and migration, with a focus on forced migration and the ways that structural inequalities inhibit incorporation. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Southern California.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
I have a cat, Suleiman the Magnificent, named after the great Ottoman Sultan, and a beagle mix dog, Kirby, named after the Nintendo video game.

What is your favorite things to talk about:
My research, feminist epistemology, my kids, and whatever I'm watching on Netflix.

If you had any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
Something involving food preparation, even though the hours are terrible.


Rebecca Irvine, Assistant Director


Rebecca Irvine
Assistant Director

Rebecca Irvine serves as GenCen's Assistant Director. In this role, she manages the GenCen Research team, leads a variety of projects and initiatives, and provides developmental training. Rebecca builds the capacity of our network of 750+ globally-focused interdisciplinary scholars, community partners, and NGOs by assisting in the application for and conduct of gender transformative and inclusive research.

Prior to joining GenCen, Rebecca was the Coordinator of the Conflict, Terrorism and Development Collaboratory at MSU. She holds a BA in International Relations from James Madison College at MSU, an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict and a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Queen's University Belfast, where she was a founding member of the Disability Research Network and maintains Visiting Research Fellow status. Rebecca has also served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Northern Irish government departments and agencies, Inclusion International and its subsidiary organizations, and various other international NGOs.

What is your favorite thing to talk about?
I love strategizing with others about how to solve the world’s wicked problems.

My Top Five Books:
1. The Little Prince
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. The Talented Mr. Ripley
4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
5. Ambiguity of Evil

Do you have any secret talents?
I sometimes knit in the dark.

Patrick Arnold, Undergrad/Grad Advisor

Patrick.jpgPatrick Arnold
Undergrad/Grad Advisor
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Patrick Arnold is the Undergrad/Grad Advisor at GenCen.  He advises both undergraduate and graduate students on their course of study, as well as coordinates student internships, assists in curriculum development, and teaches Women’s and Gender Studies courses. His passion is to facilitate student success at every level of the college experience, helping students overcome barriers they face in the pursuit of their education and career. 

Patrick comes to GenCen from the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK), where he served as the Learning Strategies Program Coordinator, Chair, and Lead Instructor. At UNK, he also taught in the Women’s and Gender Studies program. Patrick holds a B.S. in Philosophy and English from Northern Michigan University and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
I do not currently have pets, but I have a huge heart for animals. My first research internship after graduate school involved investigating the most effective ways to improve the welfare of animals on a global scale.

What's your favorite thing to talk about?
I am fascinated by literally everything. I want to take every class at MSU and geek out about them with others. I also enjoy talking about new shows and podcasts. Currently, I am digging the ContraPoints YouTube channel, and the show Black Mirror.

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
I can't help but love Taylor Swift, “You Need to Calm Down” in particular right now. And, I'd hate to admit how much time I spend looking at animal pictures and memes on reddit.

Mae Crowell, Fiscal Officer

Mae.jpgMae Crowell
Fiscal Officer

Mae Crowell is the Fiscal Officer at GenCen (and several other units within International Studies & Programs). In her role, she is responsible for managing all financial accounts and coordinating human resources. Having held a variety of staff and administration roles across campus, Mae has been a proud employee of MSU for 20 years. She enjoys the variety of programs and people she gets to work with at GenCen.

More about Mae coming soon!

Greg Frens, Accountant

Greg.JPGGregory (Greg) Frens

Greg Frens joined GenCen as the Fiscal Officer after he retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation. He has since semi-retired from GenCen and now serves as a part-time accountant for the Center. Greg graduated from MSU in 1986 with his degree in Accounting, and his favorite experience as an MSU student was an overseas study program in Business Law at Eramus University in Rotterdam in 1985. 

Top 5 Beaches of the World (in no particular order):
1. Bali
2. Amalfi Coast
3. Oahu
4. Rio de Janeiro (been there!!)
5. Maui

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
Old AT&T commercials that make you cry.

If you had any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
Travel reviewer (Love the travel part, just not the writing part.)

Emily Khan, Office Manager/Communications Coordinator

Emily headshot.jpgEmily Khan
Office Manager/Communications Coordinator

Emily Khan is the Office Manager and Communications Coordinator at GenCen. In her multi-faceted role, Emily manages the day-to-day operations of the Center, including: graphic design, communications, and promotions; event planning; and data visualization.

Emily graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Advertising in May 2015.  She came to the GenCen from Fibertec Environmental Services, where she held a variety of roles in marketing, human resources and accounting, and client services.  She has also previously worked for the Old Town Commercial Association and the Michigan Society of Association Executives, working in graphic design.

Top 5 Musicians/Bands:
1. Rise Against (by a large margin)
2. Three Days Grace (particularly with original lead singer Adam Gontier)
3. Linkin Park (best albums are 2012 and prior)
4. Fall Out Boy
5. Saint Asonia

If you had any career other than the one you have, what would it be?
A tough choice, but probably something where I can a) travel, b) eat delicious food, and c) exercise my creativity. Maybe a travel/food blogger or YouTuber? 

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
My husband, Salim, and I have two (sibling) cats. Snickerdoodle is a sassy and sweet gray tabby, and her borther, Han Rolo, is our adventurous, food-loving black cat. They are the weirdest—and most adorable—creatures!

Lucy Thompson, Senior Research Fellow

Lucy.jpgLucy Thompson
Senior Research Fellow

Lucy Thompson serves as the Senior Research Fellow for GenCen. Lucy is a feminist psychologist who works in the fields of critical, social, community, and organizational psychology. Her main topics of interest include feminist perspectives on work and organizations, and institutional perspectives on identities, power, and trauma. 

Lucy has been with GenCen since she began leading the Education Abroad program, “Gender, Sex, and Feminism in the UK,” in the summer of 2017, but now joins GenCen in an official capacity as Senior Research Fellow. In this position, Lucy works closely with GenCen’s Assistant Director, Rebecca Irvine, on grant applications and various gender and sexuality research projects. 

Lucy also works as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychology, where she has been employed since 2017. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006, and her PhD in Organizational Psychology from Leeds Beckett University in 2014.

Top 5 Things I like about Michigan (as a British person) in no particular order:
1. Better Made Rainbow Chips
2. Miller's Bar in Dearborn
3. My local neighborhood: REO Town
4. The Mission Peninsula wineries
5. The Detroit Institute of Art

What's your favorite joke?
Q: Where do mansplainers get their water? 
A: From a well, actually.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
My cat, Rocky, travelled from the UK with me when I relocated to Michigan. She's now known in our household as the Michigan Princess.

Aaron Applebey, Social Media and Events Intern

AaronA.jpgAaron Applebey
Social Media and Events Intern
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Hi! I'm currently pursuing a degree in Media and Information at Michigan State while simultaneously pursing three minors: Public Relations, Fiction Filmmaking, and perhaps most relevant, LGBTQ+ Studies. Outside of academics, I'm interested in comedy writing and performance. I'm one of the student leaders for an improv group on campus. I'm also an avid reader and consumer of popular culture.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
Yes! I have a gorgeous dog named Misty who I miss greatly. She's @ my parent's home in Portage, Michigan. OH! She's a Boston Terrier/Pit Bull mix. A combo you wouldn't think works, but... Misty is evidence it does!

If you were to have a career other than your current/planned one, what would it be?
I would love to teach and be a total academic!

What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?
I've written a play!

Katie Paulot, Research Assistant Intern

Katie.jpgKatie Paulot
Research Assistant Intern

I am the Research Intern for the 2019-2020 academic year. I will be helping the office members compile research, prepare for presentations, and any additional aide to research projects. I am a junior at MSU double majoring in Comparative Cultures and Politics and Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
I have one grey kitty, named Venus. She is a little over a year old and super cuddly. She loves to do laps around my apartment, directly on my chest, and play in any cup of water.

"I'd never admit it, but I secretly love _____."
I'll admit it, I have a pension for pop, I especially love coke -- I typically prefer soda for caffeine to anything else.

If you were to have a career other than your current/planned one, what would it be?
If I were at all scientifically or mathematically inclined, I probably would have went into being some type of direct care worker (doctor/nurse/PA) in reproductive health/OBGYN services.

Samantha Turner, Editorial Intern

Samantha.jpgSamantha Turner
Editorial Intern

Here at the GenCen, I'm involved with quite a few of the publications that are sent out. I also update databases and help out with events and planning. I am currently a Psychology major with a minor in WGS. 

What's your favorite thing to talk about?
I love talking about racial/gender/size inequalities, TV shows/movies, and about memes.

If you were to have a career other than your current/planned one, what would it be?
Nature photographer, food critic, or a set/food prop designer for films/TV shows. 

Top 5 Music Artists:
1. FKA Twigs
2. Lorde
3. Blood Orange
4. Solange
5. SZA

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