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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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Kathleen Livingston

College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
Email: living70(at)

Kathleen Livingston is a queer femme storyteller and community-based artist, organizer, and scholar. She earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing (Michigan State University), an MA in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy (Michigan State University), and a BA in Women and Gender Studies (Oakland University).

Kathleen's research focuses on consent in LGBTQ culture and communities. She is particularly interested in using the community-based methods of self-education and peer education to teach consent. She believes that since U.S. colleges and universities are now required to have sexual consent policies, we have a responsibility to teach our communities what consent means in practice. She is currently working on a collection of lyric essays on the elements of consent. Kathleen sits on the Board of Directors of The Firecracker Foundation. She also works professionally as a contemporary circus performer, doing acrobatic and lyric storytelling.

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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