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Faculty Fellows Program

GenCen Faculty Fellows Program

DSC_0006.JPGGenCen Faculty Fellows will teach Women’s and Gender Studies (WS) courses, and receive support for their scholarship in gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. Faculty from the College of Arts and Letters (tenure-stream and fixed-term), the College of Social Science (tenure-stream only), and the Department of Teacher Education (tenure-stream only) are eligible to apply for the fellows program. Fellows will teach one course per year for a three-year commitment, and will receive $3,000 annually for their research and scholarship ($2,000 provided by the GenCen and $1,000 from their home college). The GenCen will work with the fellows’ home departments to ensure that the teaching, research, and service that the Fellows do for the GenCen is included and valued in their annual reviews. Fellows are also invited to join the Faculty Fellows Learning Community, where they can share their work, discuss collaborations with other GenCen-affiliated faculty, and receive grant writing consultation.

Apply to be a Faculty Fellow

Faculty interested in applying to the GenCen Faculty Fellows Program should submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter explaining their interest in teaching Women’s and Gender Studies courses, including the specific course(s) they would like to teach
  • Current CV
  • Sample syllabus
  • Statement (short letter or email) from their home department chair indicating support for the faculty member to be a GenCen Fellow (departments can be compensated by their college dean; details are available from the GenCen Co-Director of Academic Programs)

Applications should be submitted via email at gencen(at) Typically the deadline for the Faculty Fellows Program is the 1st of February each year; however, please contact us to get the latest update in the process.

The courses available for teaching are:

WS 201 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: 
Foundational knowledge, theories, methods in women's and gender studies and of women's experience historically and across the globe.

WS 202 Introduction to Contemporary Feminisms and Gender Theories: 
Theories of feminism and gender from a variety of intellectual, political, cultural, religious, sexual, racial, ethnic, national, and global perspectives.

WS 203 Introduction to Methods for Women's and Gender Studies Research: 
Interdisciplinary research methods for global women's and gender studies.

WS 301 Violence Against Women: 
Sexual violence against women and children from theoretical and applied perspectives. Rape, battering, incest and sexual harassment. Intersection of race, class, gender and violence. Individual and collective strategies to prevent or deter assault, race, class, gender and violence.

WS 304 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Sexuality: 
Interdisciplinary study of the history, politics, theories, science, cultures, and communities of lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, and intersex people including a global perspective.

WS 403 Women and Change in Developing Countries: 
Effects of economic, political, and social change on women in developing countries. Interrelationships of gender, class, race, and nationality.

WS 404 Women and the Law in the United States: 
Law in the United States as a vehicle for structuring and maintaining women's social roles, and for social change.

WS 424 Seminar in Queer Studies (proposed): 
Advanced topics in queer studies. In-depth analysis of major topics and developments in queer studies, queer theory, or related interdisciplinary studies in sexuality.

WS 491 Special Topics: 
In-depth study of special topic emphasizing women and gender.

WS 492 Advanced Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: 
Guided advanced reading, research, and writing in topics in global gender and women's studies.

A PDF of this information can be found here.

Laura Apol

Laura Apol.jpgCollege: Education
Department: Teacher Education
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2020
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 301 (SS19)

Laura Apol is an associate professor of teacher education. Her research interests include literary theory and children's and adolescent literature, issues of diversity in children's and adolescent literature, critical reading and response to literature, and historical children's literature. Recent projects include using writing to facilitate healing among high school- aged orphans in post-genocide Rwanda, and publishing stories of Rwandan Tutsi genocide for children of Rwanda and of the world. She has co-edited a collection of poetry for children and, as a published writer and poet, she conducts creative writing workshops and classes for teachers and students on all levels.

Catalina Bartlett

Catalina Bartlett.jpg

College: Arts & Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2021
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 201 (SS19)

My research concentrations include creative writing (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) crafted through the lens of social justice and decolonizing storytelling. Another concentration is literatures and cultural rhetorics, wherein I focus on Chicanx/Latinx and Indigenous literatures, land-based literatures, as well food, feminisms, and rhetoric. My other research concentrations center on diasporic and border theories, women of color feminisms, theories of the body, and affect theory.

Kristine Byron

Kristine Byron.jpgCollege: Arts & Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty, GDG Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2021
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 201 (FS18)

Kristine Byron is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. She teaches interdisciplinary courses in literature, culture, and women's studies. She received her PhD in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2001. She is the author of Women, Revolution, and Autobiographical Writing in the Twentieth Century: Writing History, Writing the Self (2007) and several articles on Cuban history, Latin American literature, and Irish literature.

Soma Chaudhuri

Soma - Updated.jpgCollege: Social Science
Department: Sociology/Criminal Justice
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty, GJEC Faculty, GDG Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2021 
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 897 (SS19)

Dr. Soma Chaudhuri's research focuses violence, social movements, gender and witch hunts. Her most recent publication is her book titled, Witches, Tea Plantations and Lives of Migrant laborers in India. Chaudhuri is currently working on a project that explores how grassroots women leaders trained through various empowerment models, strategize individually and collectively against domestic violence in their communities. The research location for the project is in the urban areas of Ahmedabad and Mehesana, and rural locations in the district of Kutchch and Patan, in Gujarat, India.

Joy Coates

JoyCoates.jpgCollege: Arts & Letters
Department: African American And African Studies
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2021
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 201 (FS18)

I earned my PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois), majoring in African history with minors in African American and women and gender history. I hold certificates in Gender Research in International Development from the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program at Illinois at both the master’s and doctoral level. Because of my post-secondary studies and its interdisciplinary nature, my interests lie in helping students understand history through an examination of the intersections of gender, ethnicity, class, knowledge and power. I have eight years’ experience teaching undergraduates, including women and gender topic courses on America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. I started at MSU fall 2016 as an Academic Specialist in the African American and African Studies Program (AAAS). Additionally, I serve as the faculty leader for AAAS’ Research and Action in the New South Africa (RANSA). RANSA is an international field research, service-learning summer experience geared to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors. As an educator, I seek to engage students in intercultural learning, historical methodology, and academic research. My research interests include 20th century social history of Africans and African Americans, constraints to higher education for girls and women, and women and gender issues in developed and developing countries. I am happy to join GenCen as a Faculty Fellow fall 2018. I use she/her/hers pronouns.

Yuanfang Dai

YUANFANG DAI.jpgCollege: Arts & Letters
Department: Writing Rhetoric & American Cultures
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2021 
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 202 (FS18)

Dai works primarily in feminist philosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy, with a special interest in women’s identity, cultural dynamics, and women’s solidarity across cultural differences. Her current research focuses on feminist comparative philosophy at the intersection of feminist philosophy and Asian philosophy.

Kristin Mahoney

mahoney.jpgCollege: Arts & Letters
Department: English
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2017-2020
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 424 (SS19)

Kristin Mahoney, Associate Professor, Department of English, comes to MSU from Western Washington University where she was an Associate Professor in the Department of English. Her research interests include Victorian studies, modernism, queer studies, Decadence, and aestheticism. She has published articles in Victorian Studies, Criticism, Victorian Review, Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature Transition, Nineteenth-Century Prose, and Literature Compass. Her book, Literature and the Politics of Post-Victorian Decadence, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, focuses on figures associated with the fin de siècle who survived into the twentieth century and defiantly foregrounded their connections to the previous century in order to signal their dissatisfaction with the escalating militarism and aggression of the period. She is currently working on a project entitled Queer Kinship after Wilde: Transnational Aestheticism and the Family. Mahoney received both her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Aminda Smith

Aminda Smith.jpgCollege: Social Science
Department: History
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty, GDG Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2021 
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 492 (SS19)

I specialize in modern Chinese history with a particular interest in the social and cultural history of Chinese Communism. My recent book, Thought Reform and China's Dangerous Classes: Reeducation, Resistance, and the People, explores what is arguably the Chinese government's most controversial social policy thought reform or reeducation. I pay special attention to the prostitutes, beggars, and other lumpen proletarians that the Communists saw as dangerous to society and the revolution. To hear me discussing this book, listen to an interview from the New Books podcast series. My current work in PRC history (tentatively titled Speaking for the People: Protest, Petitions, and Populism in the Mao Years) examines the richly detailed letters that rural and urban citizens sent to the Communist state. Additionally, I am continuing my ongoing research on Chinese doctors in the U.S. (project title: The Private Diseases of Both Sexes: Race, Sexuality, and Chinese Medicine in the American West, 1850 -1950) in which I consider the reputation Chinese-American doctors built for themselves as expert healers of venereal disease.

Chezare Warren

Chezare Warren.jpgCollege: Education
Department: Teacher Education
GenCen Affiliation: Core Faculty
Faculty Fellow Term: 2018-2020
Teaching for FS18/SS19: WS 202 (SS19)

Dr. Chezare A. Warren is assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and native Chicagoan. He presently holds faculty appointments in African American and African Studies, Mathematics Education, and the Center for Gender in Global Context. Dr. Warren’s research examines factors that support the high academic success of young Black men and boys attending urban schools. He is immediate past president of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association, and his scholarship has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Urban Education, Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record. He is co-editor of White Women's Work: Examining the Intersectionality of Teaching, Identity, and Race published by Information Age. More recently, Dr. Warren's book, Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving from Chicago's South Side to Success in Higher Education was published as the first text to appear on Harvard Education Press's new Race and Education series. For more information, visit

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