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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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Amy Bonomi
College: Social Science
Department: Human Development and Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: bonomi(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Amy E. Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Bonomi's research focuses on the health impacts, contexts for, and dynamics of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. She is currently conducting studies on campus sexual assault, and developing intervention tools to assist college students in decoding abuse, power, control and harm in relationships. In recognition of the impact of Dr. Bonomi's research in violence prevention, in 2011, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University's College of Education and Human Ecology. Dr. Bonomi is an associate editor at the Journal of Women's Health, and she is the Chair of MSU's Sexual Violence Advisory Committee.

Andaluna Borcila
College: James Madison College
Department: James Madison
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: borcila(at)msu.edu

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Professor Borcila's current research is in post cold war cultural and literary studies (television, narratives of immigration and return, and travel writing). More generally, her research and teaching are concerned with such issues as the politics of representation and representing others, displacement, encounters between East/West, the construction and intersection of race, gender, ethnicity and nationality, and the role of television as a technology of nationhood. Professor Borcila has published and presented work on the tele-visual gendering of American identity and on post cold war representations of Eastern Europe.

Joanna Bosse
College: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Affiliation: Core
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Email: jbosse(at)msu.edu

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Joanna Bosse is an ethnomusicologist and dance ethnographer. She has conducted fieldwork in dancehalls in the Midwestern United States, studying the performance of couple dance genres like salsa, swing, tango, and ballroom. Her work on popular culture involves the relationship between music and dance as well as the dynamics of affinity groups, cross-cultural encounters, and amateur performance. Her research on whiteness, race, and performance appears in The Journal of American Folklore, Dance Research Journal, American Music, and elsewhere. Before joining MSU, Joanna taught at Bowdoin College and Millikin University

Marisa Brandt
College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Core
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Email: brandtm7(at)msu.edu

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Marisa Brandt began teaching in the History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs College in Fall 2015. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication and Science Studies at UC San Diego in May 2013. Between fall 2013 and spring 2015, she lectured in the Department of Communication and Science, Technology & Society Program at UC San Diego. While at UCSD, she also co-convened Center for the Humanities Comics Studies Research Group, worked in the Culture, Art & Technology Program, and collaborated with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in La Jolla to study innovations in mental health care using digital media. She is also vice chair of the Cultural Studies Association Working Group on Culture and War. Her work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. She is interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce. A mediatrix is a woman who mediates ideas, translating them across spheres to promote understanding, order, and unity. Mediatrixes have long played a crucial social role as science and technology writers. As a technomediatrix, she investigates sites of scientific and technocultural innovation both ethnographically and textually. Her work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. Shes interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce.

Michael Bratton
College: Social Science
Department: Political Science
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: mbratton(at)msu.edu

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Michael Bratton is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Michigan State University. He is the author of five books, most recently Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013) and over sixty articles and chapters, including in The American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, The Journal of Democracy, and The British Journal of Political Science. He is also a founder, former executive director, and now senior advisor to the Afrobarometer, a cross-national survey research project on public opinion in Africa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative and African politics.

Mary Bresnahan
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Department: Communication
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: bresnah1(at)msu.edu

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Mary Bresnahan currently leads 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. Her newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each others cultures. In addition, her research interests include culture & identity, spirituality & health, and barriers to organ donation.

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.

Kinitra Brooks
College: Arts and Letters
Department: English
Affiliation: Core
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Email: kdbrooks(at)msu.edu

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Dr. Kinitra Brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Dr. Brooks specializes in the study of black women, genre fiction, and popular culture. She currently has two books in print: Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Rutgers UP 2017), a critical treatment of black women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror and Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing 2017), an edited volume of short horror fiction written by black women. Her current research focuses on portrayals of the Conjure Woman in popular culture. Dr. Brooks will serve as the Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

NiCole Buchanan
College: Social Science
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Core
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Email: nbuchana(at)msu.edu

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NiCole Buchanan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. NiColes research interests include violence and victimization, such as sexual harassment, racial harassment, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse and assault. NiColes research interests also include the intersections of race and gender and their effects on sexualized violence, in addition to mental health, well-being and resilience among women of color.

Nancy Bunge
College: Arts and Letters
Department: Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: bunge(at)msu.edu

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As a Professor at Michigan State University,Nancy Bunge teaches primarily interdisciplinary general education courses and has won two teaching awards. She has also held Fulbright lectureships at The University of Vienna, the Free University of Brussels, the University of Ghent and the University of Siegen. She has published over eighty contributions to books and periodicals, including work in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The American Poetry Review, The Washington Post, Philosophy Now, Poets and Writers Magazine and The Writer's Chronicle.


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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