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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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Janet Swenson

College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
Email: jswenson(at)

Janet Swenson is an Associate Professor in WRAC and Associate Dean of Outreach and Community Engagement in the College of Arts and Letters. She began her career as a middle and high school teacher in Flint Community Schools. She has served as the (co)director of several national projects including Write for Your Life and Project Outreach, as well as such local projects as Red Cedar Writing Project and Project WRITE. Swenson has served on the Executive Committee of NCTE, Chair of the Conference on English Education, and Member of the National Writing Project Task Force. Her current research interests focus on improving the teaching and practice of writing in highly diverse K-12 classrooms.

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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