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Wenda Bauchspies, Co-Director of International Outreach and Engagement

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

I share the responsibility of guiding, leading, and running the GenCen with my Co-Director, while I focus on the research, engagement and international side of the center. I am a social scientist trained in science and technology studies with an affinity for Francophone West Africa. I have been traveling, researching and living around the world since I completed my bachelors at St. John's College.

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

I oversee the Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate curriculum and the WGS graduate specialization, collaborate with amazing staff and faculty doing gender- and sexuality-related programming on and off campus, and ask the interns how to work my phone.  I did my doctoral work at the University of Southern California, and starting working at MSU in 2006.  When I'm not at the GenCen, I am an associate professor in Sociology doing work on gender and migration.

I have a cat, Suleiman the Magnificent, names after the great Ottoman Sultan, and a beagle mix dog, Kirby, names after the Nintendo video game.

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

In my role as Assistant Director, I provide support and advocacy for gender and women’s studies across campus and internationally, particularly in relation to research, outreach, and engagement. Although I generally consider myself to be an interdisciplinary researcher, I sometimes will identify as a political sociologist with a keen interest in social justice. My educational background includes a BA in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict and a PhD in Sociology & Social Policy, both from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Fave thing to talk about?
I love strategizing with others about how to solve the world’s wicked problems.

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

Secret Talent:
I sometimes knit in the dark.


Greg Frens, Accountant

Greg.JPGGregory (Greg) Frens

Graduate of MSU in Accounting 1986. Best experience at MSU: Overseas study program in Business Law at Eramus University in Rotterdam in 1985. I have never stopped traveling since the ISP experience. Retired from MDOT at the State of Michigan. Recently accepted Cathy Fields' old position as the Fiscal Officer. Excited to be working here and committed to helping the GenCen find new revenue streams and grow!

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/Fiscal Officer

Emily headshot.jpgEmily Khan
Office Manager/Fiscal Officer

I graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Advertising (creative concentration) in May 2015. My role at GenCen is basically to ensure things run smoothly! I help plan events, coordinate schedules, manage the day-to-day office happenings, and am also in charge of the graphic design and promos for GenCen. Recently, I added the responsibilities of Fiscal Officer for GenCen accounts.

2 kitties - Snickerdoodle and Han Rolo

Favorite things to talk about:
1. My husband (Salim) and my kitties.
2. Video games—most recently, I've been playing the new competitive season of Overwatch.
3. Whatever TV show I'm currently binge-watching on Netflix/Amazon/Hulu.

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. Justin Timberlake
5. Fall Out Boy

Rhys Sirna, Undergraduate Intern


Rhys Sirna
Undergraduate Intern

I'm a senior double-majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (Community Governance and Advocacy, Sociology) and Women's & Gender Studies (Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and History). I'm also the President of TransAction, a group for trans students at MSU.

I have an orange cat named Mimi. She is very sweet and loving, except at 7 a.m. when she wants her food, and she wants it now.

Top 5 Musical Artists:
1. Bayside
2. Wet
3. Panic! at the Disco
4. Shakira
5. Hayley Kiyoko

Favorite joke:
What’s the fastest liquid? Milk, because it’s pasteurized before you see it.

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