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Congratulations Lisa Cook!


Dr. Lisa Cook, Professor of Economics and International Relations at James Madison College (MSU), has been nominated by President Biden to the Federal Research Board. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley with fields in macroeconomics and international economics.

Dr. Cook, a GenCen affiliate, has spent her career understanding the effects of disparities among diverse workers and entrepreneurs as impediments to innovation and economic growth. Her expertise lies in providing better access to financial services and fair lending practices to create a stronger economy. Throughout her career, she has been committed to mentoring women of color in an effort to increase diversity in Economics and build the pipeline for economists of color to contribute to institutions like the Federal Reserve System. 

The Federal Reserve Board oversees the operations of the 12 Reserve Banks and shares with them the responsibility for supervising and regulating certain financial institutions and activities. They also ensure that the voices and concerns of consumers and communities are heard at the central bank by conducting consumer-focused supervision, research, and policy analysis.



We are so proud to call two of the 2021 Inspiration Award recipients GenCen Affiliated Faculty/Staff! Please join us in congratulating them for their integrity, influence, and inclusive action.

  • Hui "Cathy" Liu, Professional Achievement
  • Farha Abbasi, Community Engagement

Congratulations to Sandy Marquart-Pyatt for being selected as the 2020 recipient of the American Sociological Association's Section on Environmental Sociology’s Teaching and Mentorship Award. Sandy was nominated by four of her former/current students for her “extraordinary commitment to pedagogical training and support beyond regular teaching responsibilities."

Congratulations to Rebecca Campbell, who has been honored as the 2020 Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Award from the American Council of Education Michigan’s Woman’s Network for the work she continues to do around relationship violence and sexual misconduct on campus and around the nation. 

We are so proud to call many of 2020's Inspirational Women of the Year Awardees GenCen Affiliated Faculty/Staff! Please join us in congratulating these women for their integrity, influence, and inclusive action.

  • Nwando Achebe, Professional Achievement
  • Rebecca Campbell, Culture of Empowerment
  • Estrella Torrez, Community Engagement

Congrats to the 2020 All-University Award recipients! There are several GenCen affiliated faculty who were recognized for their achievements and dedication to MSU. Join us in congratulating them!

  • Amy DeRogatis - William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awardee
  • Stephen Esquith - William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awardee
  • Merry Morash - William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awardee
  • Robert Roznowski - William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awardee
  • Felicia Wu - William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awardee
  • John Aerni-Flessner - Teacher-Scholar Awardee
  • Kyle Whyte - Community Engagement Scholarship Awardee

In May 2019, Laura Apol of the Department of Teacher Education was named Lansing's Poet Laureate! In the role, Apol will work to promote poetry as an art form, expand access to literary arts and connect the community to poetry. 



Leslie D. Gonzalez and Kimberly A. Griffin published a resource guide entitled Supporting Faculty During & After COVID-19: Don’t let go of equity [pdf] for ASPIRE: the National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty. (August 2020)

Nwando Achebe published Female Monarchs and Merchant Queens in Africa as part of the Ohio University Press' book series: Ohio Short Histories of Africa. (July 2020)

Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades (Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies) has published its most recent issue, edited by Rocío Quispe-Agnoli. (July 2020)

John Kerr and GJEC Fellow Noleen Chikowore co-authored an article in Sustainability entitled "A Qualitative Inquiry into Collecting Recyclable Cans and Bottles as a Livelihood Activity at Football Tailgates in the United States." (July 2020)

Amy Bonomi published an article with The Conversation entitled "5 Ways Higher Education Can Be Seen as Hostile Towards Women of Color." (July 2020)

Amy Bonomi and Nelia Viveiros of the University of Colorado Denver co-authored an editorial related to implicit bias in MSU Today entitled "There's an Unconcious Bias in Virtual Meetings. Here's How You Can Avoid It." (May 2020)

Farha Abbasi and Emily Paulsen prepared a report for the American Psychiatric Association on "Working with Muslim Patients." (February 2020)

stef shuster published an essay in Contemporary Sociology which was highlighted by the American Sociological Association's January newsletter. The essay, entitled "Carving Out a Niche or Finding a Place at the Table? The Sociology of Transgender Studies [pdf]," discusses the lack of disciplinary boundaries, methodological strategies and consensus on the definition of "transgender." (January 2020)

Yuanfang Dai has published a new book Transcultural Feminist Philosophy: Rethinking Difference and Solidarity Through Chinese-American Encounters. In this piece, she addresses influential approaches to the feminist difference critique. (December 2019)

Ning Hsieh and Hui Liu published a paper in Demography, a top sociology journal. The paper is titled "Bisexuality, Union Status, and Gender Composition of the Couple: Reexamining Marital Advantage in Health." (September 2019)

Chantal Tetreault, Sara Tahir, Amara Ezeamama, and Farha Abbasi published an article entitled Muslim Women’s Ethical Engagement and Emotional Coping in Post-Election United States in the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. (Summer 2019)


Heather McCauley and Joanna Smith-Darden of MSU's School of Social Work have been awarded two grants totaling $4.5 million over five years. The grants are focused on evaluating Rape Prevention Education programs in Michigan and Georgia, and are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Soma Chaudhuri is leading a team of researchers in a study entitled Pandemics and Migrant Precarity: North-South Dialogues, funded by the Social Science Research Council. The study will focus on how COVID-19 has impacted migrants.

GenCen Co-Director, Stephanie Nawyn, and Stephen Gasteyer of Sociology have been selected by Elrha as one of 15 COVID-19 rapid-response projects. The project is entitled Using Humanitarian Engineering to Solve Social Distancing Barriers in Refugee Humanitarian Interventions: A Cross-Country Comparison of Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Ning Hsieh and stef shuster of Sociology have been awarded a small grant by the College of Social Science to explore the effects of COVID-19 on sexual and gender minorities of color.

Wenda Bauchspies is the PI on a NIFA-funded grant, "Conference: Social Implications of Emerging Technologies in Agriculture." Partnering with Catherine Kendig of MSU Philosophy and Kurt Richter of Global Center for Food Systems Innovation, Wenda will be building a workshop on the social dimensions of emerging agricultural technologies such as gene drive, genome editing technologies and related emerging bio-technologies.

The following GenCen constituents have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Awards in 2020:

GenCen and International Studies & Programs granted several Strategic Partnership Grants for FY2020:

  • United Kingdom - Kristin Mahoney & Lucy Thompson
  • Switzerland - Heather McCauley, Joanne Smith-Darden, & Kaston Anderson-Carpenter
  • Vanuatu - Chelsea Wentworth & Krista Isaacs
  • Uganda - Abou Traore & Dennis Ipke
  • China - Yuanfang Dai & Lucy Thompson
  • Peru - Lauren Cooper, Rowenn Kalman, and Emily Huff

Several GenCen Affiliated Faculty/Staff were funded through the Science + Society @ State (S3) 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Seed Grants:

  • "The Capacity Necessary to Designate a Surrogate" lead by Robyn Bluhm
  • "We Are Not Strangers Here: Cross-cultural Engagements and Responsibilities of Self-same Land" including Tamara Butler and Estrella Torrez
  • "Exploring the Resilience of Lansing’s Urban Agriculture Systems with the Community" including Lissy Goralnik, Zach Kaiser, and Krista Issacs
  • "Community Cultural STEM: Gaming and Computing Activities to Support 'Community Cultural Wealth' in Informal STEM Learning Environments lead by Michael Lachney
  • "Integrating Natural, Social, and Behavioral Science Methods to Understand Barriers to Integrated Pest Management in Rwandan Coffee" lead by Maria Claudia Lopez
  • "Technostress and the Health of Working Older Adults" lead by Elizabeth Mack and including Daisy Chang and Wenda Bauchspies


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