Expanding our Network: IRWG Faculty Affiliates


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Michigan faculty are engaged in all kinds of exciting research. From healthcare to the humanities, the scope of gender research is vast. On our decentralized campus, it can be difficult for feminist researchers to find one another. That is where IRWG comes in. With our new affiliate faculty program, we are gathering and connecting scholars from across the university who are integral to gender research. IRWG faculty affiliates make up a core group we look to for creating collaborations, meeting like-minded scholars, and participating in planning sessions and brainstorming lunches in order to build ambitious research projects.

Affiliates are listed on our website to facilitate networking, to strengthen our connections across campus and across disciplines. As of this publication, we have over 137 current faculty affiliates, from 51 different departments. Our network continues to grow.

The IRWG faculty affiliate program is open to researchers and faculty on all three University of Michigan campuses. Gender may be the primary focus of their work, or it may be just one part among many. IRWG faculty affiliate is not a formal HR title and it carries no new obligations.

Interested in becoming an IRWG Affiliate? Learn more.

Meet some of our affiliates:

Cleopatra Caldwell
Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health

Prof. Caldwell’s research focuses on intergenerational family influences on the psychological well-being of teenage parents and improving adolescent health through strengthening family relationships. In addition to her other research, Professor Caldwell researches family relationships, discrimination, and the mental health of African American and Caribbean Black adolescents.


Erin CechErin Cech
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, LSA
Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center

Prof. Cech’s research examines how inequality is reproduced through processes that are not overtly discriminatory or coercive, but rather those that are built into cultural beliefs and practices. To investigate her interests, she uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine inequality in STEM professions. Cech also studies how cultural understandings of the extent and origin of inequality help to uphold unequal social structures.


Diane Harper photoDiane M. Harper
Professor, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Harper is an internationally recognized clinical research expert in HPV associated diseases, their prevention, early detection, and treatment for the prevention of cancer. Dr. Harper’s interests include public health, epidemiology, and health behaviors.


Yasamin KusunokiYasamin Kusunoki
Assistant Professor, Department of Systems, Populations, and Leadership, School of Nursing
Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, ISR

Prof. Kusunoki’s research focuses on understanding sources of gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health behaviors and outcomes during adolescence and emerging adulthood. Additionally, Dr. Kusunoki researches intimate partner violence, sexual health, neighborhood contextual influences, and population health.


Quyen NgoQuyen Ngo
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Injury Center

Dr. Ngo is a fully-licensed Clinical Psychologist with expertise in substance use, violence and trauma, contemplative practice, and technology-assisted psychological interventions. Dr. Ngo’s current research includes developing technology-enhanced interventions to reduce co-occurring alcohol use and violence perpetration among youth.


photo of Reginald JacksonReginald Jackson
Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, LSA

Prof. Jackson’s current scholarship focuses on questions of performance and performativity within Japanese culture. The main venue for this inquiry is medieval Japan, though current projects turn to early modern and contemporary texts. His research on premodern Japanese culture traverses three fields: literature, art history, and performance studies using queer theory, critical race theory, performance theory, and phenomenological approaches.


photo of Madhumita LahiriMadhumita Lahiri
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA

Prof. Lahiri's research focuses on the intersections of language ideology, political movements, and aesthetic forms, in a field that is now variously named as postcolonial literature, world literature, or global Anglophone.



photo of Casey PierceCasey Pierce
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information

Prof. Pierce is a part of the Social Media Research Lab (SMRL) and Digitization of Work Lab at the School of Information. Broadly, her work focuses on the changing nature of work as it relates to technology, policy and knowledge sharing in organizations. As an organizational communication scholar, she employs both qualitative and quantitative approaches in her research.


photo of Dana TelemDana Telem
Associate Professor, Surgery, Michigan Medicine

Dr. Telem is a faculty member in the section of General Surgery and is the Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery. She is co-director of the Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative, seeking to change the culture of surgery around gender issues. Her clinical practice is devoted to innovative, advanced minimally invasive therapies focused on hernia treatment, benign diseases of the esophagus and morbid obesity.

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