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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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Jubin Cheruvelil
College: Lyman Briggs College
Department: Lyman Briggs
Affiliation: Consulting
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Email: cheruvel(at)msu.edu

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Cheruvelil is an anthropologist and behavioral ecologist interested in Indigenous livelihoods and decision-making. He studies resource and land use choices and the role they play in community well-being (e.g., food security and health). His recent work with contemporary Indigenous communities explores gendered questions including the creation and negotiation of informal social institutions and how these roles facilitate the buffering of resource and social risk.

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 and German, 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.

 

Amita Chudgar
College: Education
Department: Educational Administration
Affiliation: Core
Program: GDG
Email: amitac(at)msu.edu

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Amita Chudgar is an associate professor of educational administration and education policy. As an economist of education her long-term interests focus on ensuring that children and adults in resource-constrained environments have equal access to high-quality learning opportunities irrespective of their backgrounds.

Kim Chung
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC GDG
Email: kchung(at)msu.edu

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Kimberly Chung holds graduate degrees in foods and nutrition as well as agricultural economics. Her interests lie in the area of food and nutrition security and focus on how we may improve food access and utilization among marginalized populations. As a public scholar, Chung is an advocate of collaborative and participatory approaches to inquiry. Participatory approaches transcend the boundaries among disciplines and between expert and lay ways of knowing. More importantly, they create a means for scholars to engage with, and remain relevant to, the public. Chung has lived and worked in India, Guatemala, Mexico and Michigan, and is interested in how ordinary people may have more voice in the systems that govern their own food security situation. Her current work includes a Kellogg and CONACYT-funded project that focuses on the use of school gardens as a means to integrate nutrition and agroecological knowledge into the K-12 curriculum in Chiapas, Mexico and a USAID-funded project to examine nutrition-agriculture linkages in gardening projects in Cambodia. In the US she works collaboratively with community partners in food banks, low-income farmers markets, neighborhood centers, and schools.

Darlene Clark Hine
College: Social Science
Department: History
Affiliation: Core
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Email: hined(at)msu.edu

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Darlene Clark Hine, a leading historian of the African-American experience who helped found the field of black women’s history, has been appointed Visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious faculty appointment at the university. The appointment is in the Department of History within the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. Hine will engage in research and other activities such as collaborating with MSU scholars and students.

Dan Clay
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department: Community Sustainability
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GDG
Email: clay(at)anr.msu.edu

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Dan Clay is Professor and Director, Global Programs in Sustainable Agri-food Systems in the Department of Community Sustainability, and Senior Associate to the Dean, CANR. His work in agricultural and rural development focuses on issues of sustainable food and agricultural value chain development (high value exports), food security, food aid impacts, household livelihood strategies, relief-development linkages, conservation investments, sustainable agricultural intensification, and household survey methodologies. His current/recent research and international development activities include smallholder food security and coffee value chain development in Rwanda and Burundi; satellite-based methods for forecasting and famine early warning in Senegal; and horticulture value chains and food safety in Vietnam and Thailand (WTO sponsored) and Rwanda (EU sponsored). Dan's domestic research program focuses on sports analytics, notably the ecological and organizational determinants of performance and success in college athletics.

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.

Catherine Cocks
College: MSU Press
Department: MSU Press
Affiliation: Consulting
Program: GJEC
Email: camcat(at)msu.edu

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In my historical research, gender and sexuality have always been important themes, particularly in my second book on tourism in Southern California, Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In my work as an editor, I have both acquired books analyzing gender and sexuality, and striven to employ feminist principles in interacting with colleagues and authors and in evaluating manuscripts.

Matthew Conn
College: Social Science
Department: History/Human Development Family Studies
Affiliation: Core
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Email: connmatt(at)msu.edu

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Matthew Conn’s research focuses primarily on the history of LGBTQ rights, and his book manuscript "Feeling Same-Sex Desire" and recent conference presentations concern the history of queer life in German-speaking Central Europe. At MSU, he teaches ISS 308, Social Science approaches to Law, which focuses on gender, race, and sexuality in the American legal system. Dr. Conn holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa.  


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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