Faculty and Staff


Department Chair


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Vandana Pednekar-Magal

Professor
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
School of Communications
Chair, Area and Global Studies

Areas of Interest: Journalism, Global Communication, Communication Policy, and Societal Issues in the Media
616-331-8228
109 Lake Ontario Hall
penekav@gvsu.edu


Department Office Coordinator


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Leslye Allen

Department Office Coordinator
Area and Global Studies
616-331-8110
117 Lake Ontario Hall
allenl@gvsu.edu

 


Resident Faculty


Tracy Flemming

Tracy Flemming

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Area and Global Studies
Areas of Interest: African and African American Studies
616-331-8150
107 Lake Ontario Hall
flemmint@gvsu.edu

Gamal Gasim

Gamal Gasim

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Middle East Studies
Areas of Interest: Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics
616-331-8106
111 Lake Ontario Hall
gasimg@gvsu.edu

Marina J. Kaneti

Marina Kaneti

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The New School for Social Research
Global Studies and Social Impact
Areas of Interest: Global Politics, Migration, and Social Justice
616-331-8228
109 Lake Ontario Hall
kanetim@gvsu.edu

Jack Mangala

Jack Mangala

Professor
Ph.D., Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
African/African American Studies
Areas of Interest: Migration, Diaspora Engagement Policy, Global Governance
616-331-8512
101 Lake Ontario Hall
mangalaj@gvsu.edu

Andy Schlewitz

Andrew Schlewitz

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The New School for Social Research
Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Areas of Interest: Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Latin American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations
616-331-8258
103 Lake Ontario Hall
schlewia@gvsu.edu

Kayla Wheeler

Kayla Wheeler

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Iowa
African/African American Studies
110 Lake Ontario Hall

Richard Yidana

Richard Yidana

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Binghamton University-State University of New York
African/African American Studies
Areas of Interest: Social Movements, Anticolonial and National Liberation Movements (Africa & the African Diaspora), Development & Culture (Africa, Asia, and Latin America), Ethno-Nationalism and Social Change (Developing World)
616-331-3183
2156 Au Sable Hall
yidanar@gvsu.edu


Program Coordinators


Louis Moore

Ayana Weekley

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Coordinator, African/African American Studies

Areas of Interest: Race, Gender, and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Black Feminist Studies, and Periodical Studies
616-331-8173
215 Lake Ontario Hall
weekleya@gvsu.edu

Yan Liang

Yan Liang

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Modern Languages and Literatures
Coordinator, East Asian Studies

616-331-2405
D-2-144 Mackinac Hall
liangya@gvsu.edu

David Stark

David Stark

Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
History Department
Coordinator, Latin American and Latino/a Studies
616-331-3174
D-1-216 Mackinac Hall
starkd@gvsu.edu

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Majd Al-Mallah

Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
Modern Languages and Literatures
Coordinator, Middle East Studies

616-331-3634
B-2-218 Mackinac Hall
almallam@gvsu.edu

Andy Schlewitz

Andrew Schlewitz

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The New School for Social Research
Area and Global Studies
Coordinator, Global Studies and Social Impact

616-331-8258
103 Lake Ontario Hall
schlewia@gvsu.edu


Joint Appointees


Meghan Cai

Meghan Cai

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Arizona State University-Tempe
Modern Languages and Literatures
East Asian Studies

616-331-2870
B-2-214 Mackinac Hall
caim@gvsu.edu

Yan Liang

Yan Liang

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Modern Languages and Literatures
Coordinator, East Asian Studies

616-331-2405
D-2-144 Mackinac Hall
liangya@gvsu.edu

Jeremy Robinson

Jeremy Robinson

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Modern Languages and Literatures
East Asian Studies

616-331-8907
D-2-136 Mackinac Hall
robinjer@gvsu.edu


Part-time Faculty


Muaz Redzic

Muaz Redzic

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Foundation
Middle East Studies
616-331-8110
102 Lake Ontario Hall
redzicm@gvsu.edu

Rik Stevenson

Rik Stevenson

Ph.D., Michigan State University
African/African American Studies
Areas of Interest: Middle Passage, Diaspora Studies, Slave Ship Maritime Studies and Archaeology
616-331-8110
147 Lake Michigan Hall 
stevrobe@gvsu.edu



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