Faculty - Social Sciences

Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science
Department of Anthropology
Department of Geography
Department of History
Department of Sociology
Global Urban Studies Program
Institute for Public & Social Research
School of Criminal Justice
School of Human Resources and Labor Relations
School of Social Work

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Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science

Philip Handrick

Philip Handrick
Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University

Dr. Handrick teaches "ISS 210: Society and the Individual" each semester Other courses he teaches include ISS 336 "Canada: Social Science Perspectives" on campus in the fall and as a distance course during the summer and ISS 315 "Global Diversity and Interdependence" in the spring semester. He taught a Study Abroad program on the European Union, Globalization and Social Change in France and Belgium for the first this past summer IAH 221C The Modern World examines questions of "Immigration, Identity and Belonging in Post-Colonial Europe: the Maghrebi Experience." In addition, he teaches ANP 491 Special Topics in Anthropology "Ethnicity, Nationalism and Changing Identities in Europe."
Phone: (517)355-1882, e-mail:handrick@msu.edu

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Department of Anthropology

Heather Howard

Heather Howard
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Dr. Heather Howard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She teaches cultural and medical anthropology courses, including Indigenous Peoples' Health. Her Native research interests include women and youth, the role of history in community and social service organizing, and transformations in community-based health knowledge and practice. She is currently developing research projects which examine Native experiences with and approaches to Type-2 Diabetes in Michigan, and in Toronto where she has worked with the Native community since 1995. Dr. Howard has also worked as a professional ethno historian for tribes in California and in the Great Lakes area on projects involving resource rights, tribal jurisdiction, federal acknowledgment and land claims. She is preparing publications of research she conducted on connections between Canadian boarding school and contemporary Native experiences of chronic illness, as well as on the impact of the vicissitudes in federal policy on Native people's health in early twentieth century central California.
Phone: (517)353-4600, e-mail:howardh@msu.edu

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Department of Geography

Joe T. Darden

Joe T. Darden
Ph.D., Geography, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Joe T. Darden is Professor of Geography at Michigan State University and former Dean of Urban Affairs Programs from 1984 to 1997. He is also a former Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Darden's research interests are urban social geography, residential segregation, and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies. He has written numerous books on race and social issues. Dr. Darden's research has focused on racial and class residential segregation and neighborhood inequality in metropolitan areas, with an extensive focus on Detroit. He has conducted research specifically on social and economic consequences of residing in racially segregated neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and the effects. Dr. Darden will provide interpretative analyses and understanding of the relationship between race, class and neighborhood inequality and the effects of the different environmental conditions on the population groups.
Phone: (517)432-1843, e-mail:jtdarden@msu.edu

Igor Vojnovic

Igor Vojnovic
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Dr. Igor Vojnovic is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. Dr. Vojnovic specializes in urban built environments, travel behavior, urban public health, equity, and urban design. Dr. Vojnovic has already been extensively involved in designing the survey instrument and along with the project manager will be organizing the details of the mail-out and collection of the survey. He will also provide the theoretical foundation for the research on the urban built environment, travel behavior, and disadvantaged communities. In addition, Dr. Vojnovic will be involved in producing 3D CAD images, analyzing the results, and the simulation modeling.
Phone: (517)355-7718, e-mail:vojnovic@msu.edu

Catherine Yansa

Catherine Yansa
Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin at Madison.
M.S., Geology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Dr. Catherine Yansa's research focuses on reconstructing past environments in north-central North America since the last glacial maximum (over the last ~20,000 years) by studying plant fossils (pollen and plant macrofossils) preserved in lake sediments. The objectives and implications of my research are documenting past responses of plants to climate changes at various temporal and spatial scales and use these as analogs for potential responses of plants to predicted global warming; and interpreting the landscape contexts for prehistoric Native American occupations to explore long-term human-environment interactions. She also works to interpret the landscape contexts for prehistoric human occupations by investigating plant fossils from archaeological contexts as well as from wetland sediments adjacent to archaeological sites. Time periods investigated range from Paleo-Indian to Upper Mississippian just prior to Euro-American contact
Phone: (517)353-3910, e-mail:yansa@msu.edu

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Department of History

Michael Stamm

Michael Stamm
Ph.D., History, University of Chicago

Michael Stamm specializes in American media and journalism history and holds a joint appointment at MSU in the Department of History and the School of Journalism. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006, where he studied American cultural and political history. Dr. Stamm's other areas of research include media reform movements, the relationship between radio sound and print culture, religious broadcasting, the intellectual history of communication theory, and the business history of the American newspaper.
Phone: (517)432-9245, e-mail:stamm@msu.edu

Gordon Stewart

Gordon Stewart
Ph.D., Queen's University, Canada
M.A. Modern History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Dr. Gordon T. Stewart is the Jack & Margaret Sweet Professor of History. He teaches and conducts research in World History and British Empire History with a focus on South Asia. He has written articles on a variety of topics from charismatic leadership in religious revivals to the relationship between mountaineering and empire for a range of international professional journals. To give a sense of his current research he has a forthcoming article to be published in the JOURNAL OF WORLD HISTORY titled "1774: The Scottish Enlightenment Meets the Tibetan Enlightenment" and a forthcoming chapter in the Oxford University Press series New Directions in the History of Exploration on "European Exploration in Central Asia"
E-mail:stewar14@msu.edu

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Department of Sociology

Stephen Gasteyer

Stephen Gasteyer
Ph.D., Iowa State University

Dr. Gasteyer researches the structures and processes that influence community level access to critical natural resources and capacity to manage those resources. Relatedly, he also applies a systems analysis to understanding community leadership and economic development decision making.
Phone: (517)355-3505, e-mail:gasteyer@msu.edu

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Global Urban Studies Program

Laura Reese

Laura Reese
Ph.D., Political Science, Wayne State University

Dr. Laura Reese is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP). Professor Reese's main research and teaching areas are urban politics and public policy, economic development, and local governance and management in both Canada and the US. She has conducted large-scale evaluations for the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Her research on sub-state economic development programs includes Tax Increment Finance Authorities and Industrial Tax Abatements.
Phone: (517)353-5942, e-mail:reesela@msu.edu

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Institute for Public Policy & Social Research

Doug Roberts

Doug Roberts
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. Douglas Roberts holds more than 28 years of experience in Michigan government, including 10 years as state treasurer, time as director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, deputy superintendent of the Department of Education, deputy director of the Department of Management and Budget (DMB) and acting director of DMB. He played a major role in the creation and adoption of what is now called "Proposal A." He also served for two years as a vice president with Lockheed Martin IMS.
Phone: (517)353-8911, e-mail:douglas.roberts@ssc.msu.edu

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School of Criminal Justice

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy M. Wilson
Ph.D., Philosophy in Public Administration, The Ohio State University

Jeremy Wilson is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). At MSU, he founded and directs the Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) and the program on Police Consolidation and Shared Services (PCaSS). Both programs are built specifically to develop through research and disseminate through education and outreach evidence-based lessons for decisionmakers, practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. The A-CAPP is the first and only university program dedicated specifically to building a science of product counterfeiting and anti-counterfeit strategy. Also unique in its university home, the PCaSS program focuses on understanding the nature, function, implementation, costs and benefits of all forms of police consolidation, shared services, and contracting.
Phone: (517)353-9474, e-mail:jwilson4@msu.edu

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School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

John P. Beck

John P. Beck
M.A., University of Michigan

John P. Beck is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He previously served as associate director of the School, primarily in charge of two of the School's outreach units, the Labor Education Program and Union Management Initiatives. He also co-directs a project (with Karen Klomparens, the Dean of the MSU Graduate School), "Building Mutual Expectations and Resolving Conflicts in Graduate Education," on the use of interest-based conflict resolution approaches for graduate students and their faculty mentors. John holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He worked for five years on the staff of the University of Michigan Labor Studies Center. He has taught labor studies on the community college level in both Oklahoma and Michigan and has taught history and education courses at the university level.
Office: S432 South Kedzie Hall, Phone: 517-432-3982, e-mail: beckj@msu.edu

Richard Block

Richard Block
Ph.D., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.

Dr. Richard N. Block is a Professor in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. He is the author of numerous articles and books on labor-management relations, labor and employment law, the relationship between law and practice in industrial relations, industrial relations and structural economic change, employee privacy, international labor standards, and government sponsored employee training. He is an experienced labor-management neutral, listed on all major panels and including several private panels. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in the City of New York, the Centre for Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto, and the Department of Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Phone: (517)353-3896, e-mail:block@msu.edu

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School of Social Work

Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Anderson has been involved in three Hartford Foundation projects designed to infuse gerontological content in undergraduate education, expand continuing education for professionals in a variety of health-related disciplines who are working with older adults, and in an innovative field practicum pilot that involves rotation internship experiences for graduate social work students. He has edited a book on Health Care Ethics, and published articles on issues related to grief and loss. The School leads a Kinship Care Resource Center that provides information, resources and advocacy for older adults who are raising their grandchildren or other relatives. This project is supported by the State of Michigan Office on Aging and the State of Michigan Department of Human Services.
Phone: (517)355-7515, e-mail:ander664@msu.edu

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