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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 Associated Faculty/Staff! Please join us in congratulating these women for their integrity, influence, and inclusive action.

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!

In May 2019, Dr. 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. 



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

Dr. 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)

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

Dr. Amy Bonomi and Dr. 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)

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

Dr. 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," discusses the lack of disciplinary boundaries, methodological strategies and consensus on the definition of "transgender." (January 2020)

Dr. 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)

Dr. Ning Hsieh and Dr. 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)

Dr. Meredith L. Gore published a book titled "Conservation Criminology."

This important new text introduces conservation criminology as the interdisciplinary study of environmental exploitation and risks at the intersection of human and natural systems. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the book enhances understanding of the various human and organizational behaviors that pose risks to the environment, humans, and drive conservation crime. As human population growth, global market economies, climate change, deforestation, and illegal exploitation of natural resources continue to increase, academic research from numerous disciplines is needed to address these challenges. (May 2017)



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:

Several GenCen Associated 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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