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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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Wenda Bauchspies
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: bauchspi(at)msu.edu

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Wenda Bauchspies' research interests are diverse and center around gender, culture, science and technology and informed by feminist, postcolonial and social theory as well as science and technology studies. During the course of her career she has looked at women and schooling, gendered aspects of everyday technologies of water and electricity, and gendered adoptions/adaptions of agricultural innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Abigail Bennett
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Fisheries and Wildlife
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: benne592(at)msu.edu

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Abigail Bennett is Assistant Professor of Global Inland Fisheries Ecology and Governance. Her research engages institutional analysis, political economy, and discourse analysis to study processes of institutional emergence and change and associated social and ecological outcomes in fisheries. In particular, she is interested in understanding how different governance arrangements - both formal and informal - shape intersections of fish trade, food security, and sustainable fisheries livelihoods. Her work attends to gendered dimensions of fisheries governance, fish trade, and food security.

Julie Brockman
College: Social Science
Department: Human Resources and Labor Relations
Affiliation: Core
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Email: brockma4(at)msu.edu

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I teach students, faculty, unionized employees and managers, both domestically and internationally, discrimination law, sexual harassment and diversity/inclusion as it relates to the workplace. I also worked in industry prior to my position at MSU and was heavily involved in the investigation of employee claims of discrimination. As a Fulbright Specialist, hosted by the Vietnam Women's Academy (who have the only Gender and Development undergraduate major in Vietnam), I am now involved in building their faculty/program capacity.

Scout Calvert
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Core
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Email: calvert4(at)lib.msu.edu

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My primary responsibilities relate to research data management and data sharing. My research is about the social life of data, and I use feminist science and technology studies as well as feminist philosophy of science as my frame for analyzing data practices. I am working on an ontology for genealogical data that decenters bio-linear, patriarchal family structures and organizes family history research into units I call "oikos," group archival records about not just male heads of households but also women, children, affiliated families, and kidnapped and enslaved people into units tied to the lands or territories they occupied and the people they displace. I hope this knowledge infrastructure will help primarily white genealogists, who are privileged by the historical record, reckon with settler colonialism and the legacies of slavery, while encouraging more fulsome research practice that assist family historians of color and denaturalize nuclear, patrilinear family forms.

Hyunkag Cho
College: Social Science
Department: Social Work
Affiliation: Core
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Email: chohyu12(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Cho is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. His research has focused on intimate partner violence (IPV), with a specific emphasis on criminal justice intervention and immigrants.

Jonathan Choti
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: chotijon(at)msu.edu

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Jonathan Choti's research interests focus on the morphophonology of Bantu languages. He teaches two classes that study gender: one is IAH 211A, which examines gender issues in African societies and the other, AL 210, deals with gender inequality in Africa. His MA thesis investigates gender representation in the Gusii language of Kenya.

 

Joy Coates
College: Arts and Letters
Department: African American and African Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jcoates(at)msu.edu

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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 use she/her/hers pronouns.

Yuanfang Dai
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: daiyuanf(at)msu.edu

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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.

Samantha Fox
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: foxsama2(at)msu.edu

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Samantha Fox is a fixed-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She received her PhD from Binghamton University’s Sociology Department in 2017 for her dissertation titled On the Margins of a Mine, On the Margins of Capitalism: Indigenous Autonomy and Extractive Development in the Highlands of Guatemala. She is developing her research on the effects of extractive development on indigenous communities and community political organization in the face of social and environmental change into a book. Her research interests are rooted in a world-historical approach in the areas of environmental sociology, the political economy of development, indigenous politics and movements, and the sociology of food and agriculture. Samantha has published her work in the Journal of World-Systems Research and Environmental Sociology. A second research project she is involved with examines how economic conditions influence decisions to migrate within a country or across borders and how global householding transforms the practice of community autonomy in Central America and China.

Hillery Glasby
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: glasbyhi(at)msu.edu

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Hillery's research focuses on the intersection of queerness and composition; LGBTQ student writers; queer and alternative rhetoric; and critical sexual literacy. Hillery's most recent project considers ambivalence and failure of queer methodologies toward meaning-making.


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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