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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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Christopher Maxwell

College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Email: cmaxwell(at)

Christopher Maxwell is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University [MSU]. He is a member of MSU's Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Cardiff University, Wales, U.K. Dr. Maxwell's research, scholarship, and engagement activities largely focus on understanding and improving how governments and NGOs can prevent and control intimate partner violence and violence against women. His sponsored research projects include several that have examined the benefits and costs of sanctions and therapeutic treatments for spouse abusers, the impact of police and court services on victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence, and other projects that have measured the epidemiology and control of violence including sexual assault by intimate partners. His current program of research focuses on assessing the extent to which intimate partner violence offenders are prosecuted and convicted, and testing whether or not more prosecution and sanction leads to less violence. He currently serves as a co-investigator of the National Institute of Justice's sponsored Evaluation of the [U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women] Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative.

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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