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Affiliated 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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Patrick Arnold
College: International Studies and Programs/Arts and Letters
Department: GenCen
Affiliation: Core
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Email: arnoldp5(at)msu.edu

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My role as advisor in the GenCen is to do everything I possibly can to enable the success of the students in our programs and in their futures, and make the jobs of the faculty as easy as possible! I grew up around metro Detroit and from an early age was fascinated and troubled by the vast social inequalities surrounding me. This led me to pursue graduate studies in philosophy and ethics from the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. I have accumulated 20 semesters of teaching experience and in classes ranging from LGBTQ studies to philosophy & psychology, and bring an activist mindset to everything I do.

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.

Ann Austin
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: aaustin(at)msu.edu

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Ann E. Austin is professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where she has twice been selected to hold the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair. Dr. Austin’s research concerns faculty careers and professional development, organizational change in higher education, teaching and learning in higher education, doctoral education, reform in STEM education, the academic workplace, equity and inclusion in academe and higher education in the international context. She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the past-president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and she was a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa (1998). She is a founding co-PI/Leader of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), funded by the National Science Foundation, and was the principal investigator of an NSF-funded ADVANCE PAID grant to study organizational change strategies that support the success of women scholars in STEM fields.

Mark Axelrod
College: James Madison College/Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: James Madison/Fisheries and Wildlife
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: axelrod3(at)msu.edu

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Mark Axelrod is an Associate Professor in James Madison College and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. He has a PhD in Political Science from Duke University, and a law degree from Stanford University. Mark's teaching and research interests center around the negotiation and implementation of international law, with a particular focus on international environmental agreements. His dissertation addressed negotiation practices of rising and declining global powers, drawing on interview research and a random sample of multilateral treaties. Other research interests involve the influence of democratic institutions on environmental protection and treaty enforcement.

Isabel Ayala
College: Social Science
Department: Sociology
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: ayalam(at)msu.edu

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Maria Isabel Ayala, (Ph.D., Texas A&M) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her research agenda examines the social impact that the unique and complex racialization of Latinos in the United States has on their demographic and social behavior. Challenging the assumption that there is a common Latino experience, she argues that Latinos within-group differential opportunities for social mobility--based on today's more fluid and yet, still hierarchical racial structure-play a critical role in their differential fertility behavior and educational attainment. Moreover, she explores the role of identities in changing these structures.

Safoi Babana-Hampton
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Romance and Classical Studies
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: babanaha(at)msu.edu

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Safoi Babana-Hampton is Associate Professor of French in the department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. Her primary areas of teaching and research are 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literatures and film. Her book Reflexions littraires sur lespace public marocain dans loeuvre d'Abdellatif Labi (Summa Publications, 2008) critically examines of the role of culture in the construction of civic consciousness and the formation of a modern public space in Morocco. Her current research project is a comparative study of images of multicultural and transnational citizenship in literary and filmic productions from the Maghreb and the Maghrebi diaspora in France.

Valentina Bali
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: baliv(at)msu.edu

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VALENTINA A. BALI is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2001.Bali's research interests focus on policy processes, state politics, education policy, representation, electoral behavior, and quantitative methods. In the area of state politics and policy her current projects explore states' reactions to recent federal mandates affecting personal identification, and the evolution of statewide student information systems. In the area of electoral behavior she examines the relationships between terrorist activity and government approval. Recently she has taught graduate courses in quantitative methods and policy processes, masters level courses in quantitative methods, and undergraduate courses in education policy.

Catalina Bartlett
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bartl142(at)msu.edu

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My research concentrations include creative writing (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) crafted through the lens of social justice and decolonizing storytelling. Another concentration is literatures and cultural rhetorics, wherein I focus on Chicanx/Latinx and Indigenous literatures, land-based literatures, as well food, feminisms, and rhetoric. My other research concentrations center on diasporic and border theories, women of color feminisms, theories of the body, and affect theory.

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.

Jesse Beal
College: Student Affairs and Services
Department: LBGT Resource Center
Affiliation: Core
Program:
Email: bealjess(at)msu.edu

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Jesse Beal is the Director of the LBGT Resource Center and has been a social justice and LGBTQ+ activist, educator and consultant for the past fifteen years. They present regularly at national conferences and at many colleges, universities, and nonprofits. Jesse is an experienced student affairs practitioner with a demonstrated history of working towards equity and inclusion in higher education. Their practice is collaborative, student centered, and justice based. They served as the Director of the Women’s and Gender Center at Amherst College, the Acting Director and Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Services at Suffolk University, and the Program Coordinator for Sexuality and Gender Diversity at Brandeis University. Jesse has also taught a recurring course at Tufts University about social justice pedagogy and young adult fiction. Jesse is the 2015 winner of the National Voice and Action Advisor of the Year Award from Campus Pride, for their years of work and dedication to make campuses more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students.


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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