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Faculty Directory

The Center for Gender in Global Context currently has more than 300 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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Nwando Achebe
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: achebe(at)msu.edu

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Nwando Achebe (pronounced: Wan-do Ah-chě-bě; [pronunciation key: ě as in pet]) is an award-winning author, professor of history, and Faculty Excellence Advocate (FEA) for the College of Social Science. She is the founding editor-in-chief of the new Journal of West African History, published by Michigan State University Press; member of the African Studies Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors, and past co-convenor of ASA’s Women’s Caucus. She is convenor of the April 8-9, 2016 Journal of West African History International Launch Conference. Nwando Achebe’s research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and sexuality in Nigeria.

Jennifer Carrera
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: jcarrera(at)msu.edu

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Jennifer Carrera is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University. She has a joint appointment between the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in Biostatistics from Emory University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University. In 2014-2015 she completed postdoctoral training with the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University under the direction of Phil Brown. Dr. Carrera is part of the campus-wide Global Water Initiative. Her area of research focuses on environmental justice issues of access to clean water and sanitation in low-income communities domestically and internationally. Her work examines the role of power and exclusion in the production of marginalized spaces and bodies, using water as a surrogate for mapping power.

Soma Chaudhuri
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology/Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: chaudh30(at)msu.edu

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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.

Jubin Cheruvelil
College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: cheruvel(at)msu.edu

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Cheruvelil is an anthropologist and behavioral ecologist interested in Indigenous livelihoods and decision-making. He studies resource and land use choices and the role they play in community well-being (e.g., food security and health). His recent work with contemporary Indigenous communities explores gendered questions including the creation and negotiation of informal social institutions and how these roles facilitate the buffering of resource and social risk.

Amita Chudgar
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: amitac(at)msu.edu

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Amita Chudgar is an associate professor of educational administration and education policy. As an economist of education her long-term interests focus on ensuring that children and adults in resource-constrained environments have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds.

Michael Bratton
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mbratton(at)msu.edu

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Michael Bratton is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Michigan State University. He is the author of five books, most recently Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013) and over sixty articles and chapters, including in The American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, The Journal of Democracy, and The British Journal of Political Science. He is also a founder, former executive director, and now senior advisor to the Afrobarometer, a cross-national survey research project on public opinion in Africa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative and African politics.

Marisa Brandt
College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: brandtm7(at)msu.edu

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Marisa Brandt began teaching in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs College in Fall 2015. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego in May 2013. Between fall 2013 and spring 2015, she lectured in the Department of Communication and Science, Technology & Society Program at UC San Diego. While at UCSD, she also co-convened Center for the Humanities Comics Studies Research Group, worked in the Culture, Art & Technology Program, and collaborated with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in La Jolla to study innovations in mental health care using digital media. She is also vice chair of the Cultural Studies Association Working Group on Culture and War. Her work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. She is interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce. A mediatrix is a woman who mediates ideas, translating them across spheres to promote understanding, order, and unity. Mediatrixes have long played a crucial social role as science and technology writers. As a technomediatrix, she investigates sites of scientific and technocultural innovation both ethnographically and textually. Her work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. Shes interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce.

Mary Bresnahan
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: bresnah1(at)msu.edu

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Mary Bresnahan currently leads 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. Her newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each others cultures. In addition, her research interests include culture & identity, spirituality & health, and barriers to organ donation.

Peter Beattie
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: beattiep(at)msu.edu

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Peter M. Beatties research focuses on nineteenth and early twentieth century Brazil and examines the interaction between the poor (including the enslaved) and state institutions. His most recent journal publication is Born Under the Cruel Rigor of Captivity, the Supplicant Left It Unexpectedly by Committing a Crime: Categorizing and Punishing Slave Convicts in Brazil, 1830-1897 The Americas 66:1 (July 2009):11-54. He has another journal article forthcoming The Jealous Institution: Male Nubility, Conjugality, Sexuality, and Discipline on the Social Margins in Imperial Brazil in Comparative Studies in Society and History.

Zarena Aslami
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: aslami(at)msu.edu

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Zarena Aslami's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Special areas of interest include empire, history and theory of the novel, feminism, psychoanalysis, and the digital humanities. She is the author of The Dream Life of Citizens: Late Victorian Novels and the Fantasy of the State (Fordham University Press, 2012), which explores how novels dramatized the feelings and fantasies of a liberal culture that was increasingly optimistic, as well as anxious, about the states capacity to step in and help its citizens achieve the good life. Her current book project, Sovereign Anxieties: Victorian Afghanistan and the Literatures of Empire, continues this line of inquiry, examining the affective content of political forms in a transnational context.


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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