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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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Tamara Butler
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: tbutler(at)msu.edu

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Tamara Butler is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and the African American and African Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests focus on critical literacies, youth activism and humanizing research methodologies. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State, Dr. Butler was a fellow in the 2012-2014 cohort of the Cultivating New Voices Scholars of Color fellowship program of the National Council for Teachers of English, and a 2012-2013 Bell Fellow for the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male.

Her current project focuses on the role(s) of storytelling and narrative in marginalized communities' fight for spatial justice, with specific attention to the stories of women of color. In her work, she explores how women of color's testimonies, narratives, and other self-authored texts bring attention to issues of injustice and the interstices of oppression. She suggests that these revelatory resistance narratives can catalyze critical conversations, healing and transformation within classrooms and communities.

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Core
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Email: edh(at)msu.edu

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Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University and Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab<https://www.familycommlab.com/>. She received her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University. Elizabeth's research focuses on communication processes in close relationships, especially in the context of family. Elizabeth has applied and extended interpersonal and family communication theories (e.g., family communication patterns theory (FCP), confirmation theory) to explore how family communication and support are associated with young adults’ academic, relational, and psychological well-being. Other current projects focus on changes in perceptions of family member marginalization over the life course and women's experiences in "traditionally male" career fields.

Chinwe Effiong
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Mastercard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: effiongc(at)msu.edu

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 Dr. Chinwe Effiong is Assistant Dean for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, while leveraging MSU expertise to identify and scale new opportunities for global youth education, entrepreneurship and empowerment initiatives. Before joining MSU, Dr. Effiong served as CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) in Africa, where she provided strategic direction and oversight for JA operations across sub-Saharan Africa. She worked closely with government, civil society groups and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness and promote support for programs that enabled young people in Africa to improve their livelihoods. Dr. Effiong has made significant contributions to the global mission to create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth, especially young women, residing in the world’s most marginalized communities. She designed the groundbreaking entrepreneurship curriculum for out of school youth, popularly referred to as ITS TYME (Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs). In partnership with Google volunteers, she also facilitated the creation of the JA SySTEM, an innovative curriculum designed to raise awareness about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among middle and high school students, especially girls, across Africa. Prior to joining JA, Dr. Effiong was the Director of Programs for Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for several years as Country Director for Nigeria and Regional Director for East and West Africa at Africare, a Washington, D.C. based, international development organization, addressing a wide range of development needs across the continent of Africa. Dr. Effiong started her professional career as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lincoln University, PA and served as interim Chair of the Department of Political Science there. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Dr. Effiong is a recognized thought leader in the field of youth education and entrepreneurship and has served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Effiong is a creative writer and motivational speaker.

Mary Finn
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mfinn(at)msu.edu

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Mary A. Finn is Director and Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research addresses problems and issues directly related to justice policy and practice. She has collaborated extensively with local justice agencies, advocacy organizations, and divisions of the state government in efforts to bridge the world of academia and the world of policy and practice. Dr. Finn’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Justice and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and Department of Corrections. She is currently doing research on how community contexts influence implicit bias in prosecutorial decisions. Her most recent publications appear in Criminal Justice & Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Victims and Offenders. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Finn served as the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Georgia State University and participated in the Harvard University program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and the Bryn Mawr College Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.

Katie Gregory
College: Social Science
Department: Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
Affiliation: Core
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Email: gregor22(at)msu.edu

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Katie Gregory, Ph.D. Michigan State University, is the associate director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence and an assistant faculty member in the Ecological-Community Psychology Program at MSU. Dr. Gregory’s most recent research has focused on the impact of batterers’ use of children on survivors’ and their children’s well-being. Dr. Gregory is interested in the way systems can facilitate or impede survivors’ parenting agency and the survivor-child relationship.

Karen Holt
College: Social Science
Department: Criminal Justice
Affiliation: Core
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Email: holtkar1(at)msu.edu

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Karen Holt is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice whose research focuses on sexual deviance and offending, deviance and identity, and stigma. Her work has been published in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and Deviant Behavior.

Krista Isaacs
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: isaacskr(at)msu.edu

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My research program in seed systems for smallholder farmers is rooted in a transdisciplinary perspective that integrates participatory processes, crop ecology and plant breeding with gender studies. This research focuses on improving smallholder access and availability to preferred, quality seed in Africa and Latin America. Methodologically, I combine elements of crop ecology and qualitative methods to learn with farmers and understand their preferences and needs so we can generate innovative strategies for improving seed systems and maintaining genetic and agricultural diversity. I aim to practice an inclusive science, where the diverse and varied needs of all voices are heard and contribute to the process.

Jennifer Johnson
College: Human Medicine
Department: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jennifer.johnson(at)hc.msu.edu

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Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D. received her BS in Applied Physics in 1995 followed her PH.D in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Brigham Young University, Provo Utah. She completed her postgraduate training at Brown University in treatment research and obtained a Master of Arts degree in 2013 from Brown University. Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist who conducts NIH-funded randomized trials of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and implementation of mental health and substance use interventions for high-risk women (including perinatal women) and justice-involved populations (such as prisoners and jail detainees).
Dr. Johnson came to MSU from Brown University in January, 2015 to help build an academically vibrant and socially responsive team of community engaged scientists based in Flint, Michigan, who will contribute to the Flint revitalization effort. She was the first member of the MSU’s new Public Health Research Collective in Flint, and she is happy to make her new home to live and work in Flint. Our community partners in Flint are among the most dedicated, passionate, and skilled in the world.

Rowenn Kalman
College: Social Science
Department: Anthropology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: kalmanr1(at)msu.edu

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I recently earned a PhD in Anthropology with a specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (MSU 2017). My dissertation, titled “Environmental Stewardship and the Production of Subjectivities: Indigenous, Scientific, and Economic Rationalities in Ancash, Peru,” examines how NGOs, rural farmers, mine engineers, and various state officials conceptualize and enact different versions of environmental consciousness as they attempt to assert authority over key resources like water. My principal case study of resource management in Vicos, Peru, illustrates the complexities of stewardship participation resulting from (and giving rise to) different aspects of multifaceted subjectivity including gender, indigeneity, economic incentives, and environmental science. I worked alongside NGO and civil society groups in the Andes while conducting this research, and look forward to developing future collaborations as I disseminate my findings. As GenCen's Graduate Student Advisor, I assist students in creating plans of study that increase their expertise on Gender and Environment (GJEC) and/or International Development (GSID).  I also teach introductory and upper-division courses in Anthropology and Women’s Studies with a focus on Cultural Anthropology, Gender, International Development, Political Ecology, and Latin America (e.g., ANP 201, WS 403, and ANP 325).

Sara McGirr
College: Social Science
Department: Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence
Affiliation: Core
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Email: mcgirrsa(at)msu.edu

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Sara McGirr, PhD, is the Director of the Evaluation Division of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. She has a passion for evaluating systems change initiatives and innovative program practices, and for putting data to use to improve survivors’ health and well-being. Dr. McGirr received her PhD in Psychology from Michigan State University. Find a sampling of her work online at saramcgirr.com.


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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