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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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Amy Jamison
College: International Studies and Programs
Department: Alliance for African partnership
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: jamisona(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Amy Jamison is an education, gender, and research specialist. She holds graduate degrees in educational policy, history, and African studies. Dr. Jamison's research focuses broadly on African higher education development, educational policy in Africa, gender issues in higher education, and gender in international development.

She has been involved with several grant and research projects in a number of African countries, including Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Mali. She has worked on two USAID-funded university capacity-building projects in Malawi and Rwanda. In 2008, she spent one year on a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship conducting a qualitative study of academics' experiences with research at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Yelena Kalinsky
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: yelena(at)msu.edu

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I am the Associate Director of Research & Publications at H-Net and the Managing Editor of H-Net Reviews. With H-Net’s VP for Research & Publications Robert Cassanello, I edit H-Podcast and produce The Art of the Review podcast. With Assistant Editor Jacob Jurss, I oversee the H-Net Book Channel, a site for learning about new academic titles and a publishing platform connecting the public with new directions in academic publishing.

I am also an art historian and translator. My research focuses on performance and conceptual art in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. A list of recent publications is available on my Academia.edu profile. I am currently working on a translation of early conceptual poetry by Andrei Monastyrski (forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017; co-translated with Brian Droitcour). I hold a PhD in art history from Rutgers University.

Michael Lachney
College: Education
Department: Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education
Affiliation: Core
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Email: lachneym(at)msu.edu

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Michael Lachney is an assistant professor of educational technology. With expertise in qualitative social science methods, he is interested in the role that technologies can play in strengthening school-community relationships. He is currently working on educational technology design strategies and implementation tactics to help teachers enroll community-based expertise in culturally responsive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. In addition, his work aims to show how STEM can make contributions to everyday anti-racism in schools, with specific attention to engineering and computer science. Michael also has expertise in science and technology studies, critical race theory, and ethnocomputing.

Benjamin Marley
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: marleybe(at)msu.edu

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Ben Marley, Ph.D., is a fixed-term Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. (2018) in Sociology at Binghamton University where his dissertation, titled Agricultural Revolutions in America’s Heartland: The Corn Belt and the Making of American Capitalism, focused on the origins, development, and crisis of the Midwestern family farm in the world-system. Ben is currently working on two projects. The first is examining how, under the pressure of globalization and agro-industrialization, Chinese agrarian householding strategies are practiced. The second project investigates how working- and middle-class families manage the current care crisis in the United States. A research assistant and I are particularly interested in how women of these families navigate the challenges of caring for oneself and their family.

Zoë McLaughlin
College: MSU Libraries
Department: MSU Libraries
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: mclau197(at)lib.msu.edu

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Much of my research includes gender as one aspect.  My research on Javanese performing arts focuses specifically on female dance forms and the degree of freedom of expression women have or do not have in Javanese performing arts.  I am also interested in the portrayal of women in Indonesian and Malay archipelago literature and women's experiences in the 1998 riots and the 1965 anti-communists killings in Indonesia.

Michael Olabisi
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: olabisim(at)msu.edu

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Michael Olabisi joined AFRE in 2017 as a fixed-term Assistant Professor. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2015, and has a master’s degree from Cornell University. He has worked with international scholars on research visits to Singapore and Beijing, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). He is currently affiliated with Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR).

Michael researches how firms shape economic development through international trade, and how supply chain linkages shape the responses of rational agents to economic shocks. His research papers describe the effects of volatility on international trade, and he has published work on how learning-by-exporting drives firm-level product innovation.

Leonora Paula
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: paulaleo(at)msu.edu

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Leonora received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of California San Diego. She holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and a bachelors’ degree in English/Portuguese from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American Literature and Culture, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Urban Art, Social Movements and Graphic Novels. Her current research focuses on the role of under-represented knowledge production in changing the exclusionary terrain of contemporary Brazilian culture. Leonora was a 2013 Human Rights Center Fellow at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. As a Human Rights fellow, she worked closely with and helped promote the agenda of the fair housing movement in São Paulo (UMM-SP). Leonora has also collaborated in bi-lateral higher education agreements as part of the US-Brazil Academic Partnership Abdias do Nascimento Program, aimed at increasing diversity within study abroad, particularly among underserved populations such as Afro-Brazilians and indigenous peoples in Brazil. Leonora has extensive program building experience and holds an Instructor of Portuguese as Second and Heritage Language certificate from Brazil’s Ministério das Relações Exteriores. Leonora has given lectures at Harvard University, The University of Texas-Austin and the University of California Berkeley.

Apryl Pooley
College: Natural Science
Department: Neuroscience Program
Affiliation: Core
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Email: pooleyap(at)msu.edu

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I received my Ph.D. in neuroscience from Michigan State University where I currently research the effects of traumatic stress on the brain, with particular focus on how hormones, sex/gender, and early-life developmental processes influence how individuals respond to trauma.

Natalie Rose
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: rosenat3(at)msu.edu

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My scholarly interests meet at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and religion. Trained as a historian, I draw upon theories of gender and sexuality in my work on Mormon girlhood around the turn of the twentieth century. My book manuscript draws from young women's diaries, memoirs, and oral history interviews from the 1860s to the 1920s to demonstrate how they played a primary but underrepresented role in the Mormon Church's conversion from an outsider polygamist church to an American monogamous religion. My next book project focuses on gender and religion's role in the fight for and against the Equal Rights Amendment in the late 1970s and 1980s. The book will explore five state case studies in Utah, Virginia, Michigan, California, and Hawaii.

stef shuster
College: Social Science/Lyman Briggs
Department: Sociology/Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: sshuster(at)msu.edu

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stef m. shuster joined the faculty at Michigan State in 2018 as an assistant professor in Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Sociology. They earned their Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Iowa, with a certificate in Gender Studies, and their B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Their current research and teaching areas - in the social aspects of medicine, science, and gender - are united by an overarching interest in how evidence is a social artifact that is constituted through social, cultural, and historical contexts. Across their projects, stef asks: who constructs evidence, how does evidence confer authority to individuals and groups, and how is it mobilized by social actors?

The social life of “evidence” is the subject of a book project stef is working on entitled, Treating Gender: Transgender Medicine and Uncertain Expertise, which demonstrates how the gender identity component of trans healthcare raises distinct concerns for providers who use familiar tools for medical decision-making, like clinical guidelines, in an unfamiliar medical arena that is permeated by uncertainty about “best” practices for working with trans patients. Their research appears in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Gender & Society, and the Social Psychology Quarterly.


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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