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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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stef shuster
College: Social Science/Lyman Briggs College
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.

Won Song
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: song(at)msu.edu

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My research focuses on women and teenage girls on the following aspects: maternal and child health; empowerment of women in improving family, community and inter-generational health; women as a mediator for community development; and psychological aspects of eating. 

Stephanie Steinhardt
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Media and Information
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: ssteinh(at)msu.edu

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My work contributes to the field of feminist technoscience, focused on the development of large-scale longterm infrastructures in the sciences (lately in particular climate sciences) and asks: whose future are we building? Who is able to write that future and benefit from that future? What foils the promissory aspects of that future work? Often the answer to the last question is: gender inequity, sexual violence and intersectional issues. I am currently developing a grant that explores the realities of sexual violence at sea concerning ocean scientists, engineers and crew.

Lydia Weiss
College: WorkLife Office
Department: WorkLife Office
Affiliation: Core
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Email: weisslyd(at)msu.edu

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 Lydia is the Educational Program Coordinator at the WorkLife Office. She is responsible for creating educational initiatives and seminars, workshops and conferences related to work-life concerns. Lydia is dedicated to creating equal access to resources, services and educational opportunities for all. She is the co-founder and co-coordinator of several initiatives at Michigan State, including the Women's Networking Association, Academic Women's Forum, and the Reflect & Connect series. She also serves on the leadership team as the Content Chair of the empowHER Leadership Retreat for 4th-9th grade girls. Lydia earned her Masters in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati and received her Bachelors in Sociology from Michigan State University.

Kyle Whyte
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Core
Program: GJEC
Email: kwhyte(at)msu.edu

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I am Potawatomi and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. I focus my work on climate and environmental justice and Indigenous environmental studies. My research, teaching, training, and activism address moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. My work has recently extended to cover issues related to Indigenous food sovereignty and Indigenous critiques of concepts of the anthropocene. I hold the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration and the Geocognition Research Lab, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs. 

Laura Yares
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Religious Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: yareslau(at)msu.edu

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Laura Yares is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching centers on the Jewish experience in modernity, with particular interests in 19th century American Judaism, and Jewish education. Her doctoral work focused on the development of Sunday schools in the Reform movement in 19thcentury America, and the integration of the category of religion into American Reform education. She is currently at work on a book length manuscript based on her dissertation.   Recently published articles include a monograph on the material culture of flowers in 19th century Jewish confirmation ceremonies for Shofar, and an article on the integration of developmental psychology into 19th century Reform Jewish pedagogy for the Journal of Jewish Education.

Following the completion of her doctoral work, she spent four years as Director of Educational Research at Hillel International, a Jewish non-profit, where she developed research and training in experiential education. She has served as a consultant for a variety of Jewish educational settings and is particularly interested in the nexus between theory and practice in supplemental Jewish educational settings, and in adult Jewish learning.

Her newest project focuses on the intersection between Jewish education and cultural arts, initially developed as a collaborative research agenda with the George Washington University and the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. She currently serves on the Book Review committee of the Journal of Jewish Education, and on the Executive Committee of the Network for Research in Jewish Education.


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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