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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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Brendan Mullan

College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mullan(at)

Brendan Mullan is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from the Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Mullan has served as founding Executive Director of the MSU Dubai Campus in the United Arab Emirates, as Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Social Science (with responsibility for all undergraduate academic and student affairs in twelve disciplinary and professional departments and schools in the social, behavioral and economic sciences), and as Acting Director of the Center for Integrative Studies in the College of Social Science (with responsibility for the core curriculum for undergraduate general education in the social sciences at MSU). In 2006, Dr. Mullan was a fellow with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program (CIC-ALP). At MSU, Dr. Mullan directed the Michigan Databases and Policy Analysis Unit (1992-1998), providing statistical information, in-depth research analysis and reports and policy analysis for local governments, state government departments, nonprofit organizations, and local communities. Dr. Mullan is the author-editor of 3 books and over 80 scholarly and policy-related publications, presentations and reports on demography, community development, and international migration, and public policy. He has served as primary consultant to the Swedish International Development Agency on their Migration and Community Development in Southern Albania program and variously as consultant to the World Health Organization (2002-04), to the Michigan Department of Community Health (1998-2002), and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (1994-1996). In 2009 he was an invited participant to the inaugural World Innovation Summit ion Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar. His current research focuses on the socio-economic, socio-demographic, and socio-cultural dynamics of globalization, the causes, content, and consequences of international migration, and the interplay between globalization and migration. Dr. Mullan is an active participant in the American Sociological Associations sections on International Development and on International Migration. At MSU he is actively involved with the Center for Russian and European Studies and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development.

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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