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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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LaShawn Harris

College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Email: harri859(at)

LaShawn Harris is an Assistant Professor of History at MSU. Graduated from Howard University's Department of History in 2007, her research interests are 20th Century, Cultural, Labor and Working Class, Social, Urban, Women & Gender in the United States. She is the author of several published articles, including Madame Queen of Policy: Madame Stephanie St. Clair and African American Womens Participation in Harlems Informal Economy in Black Women, Gender & Families; Running with the Reds: African American Women and the Communist Party during the Great Depression in the Journal of African American History; Dream Books, Crystal Balls, and Lucky Numbers: African American Female Spiritual Mediums in Harlem, 1900-1945 in the Journal of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, and Marvel Cooke: Investigative Journalist, Communist & Black Radical Subject in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism.

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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