Lisa D. Cook is a professor at both James Madison College and in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University. After receiving a BA from Spelman College, she was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University where she obtained a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She received a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a post-doctoral fellow and visiting Assistant Professor at the Kennedy School of Government and Deputy Director for Africa Research at the Center for International Development at Harvard University from 1999 to 2002. She was Senior Adviser on Finance and Development at the Treasury Department and Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow from 2000 to 2001 under the Clinton and Bush Administrations. From 2002 to 2005, she was a National Fellow and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Her current research interests include the economics of intellectual property rights, economic growth and development, financial institutions and markets (Africa, Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, international crises), and economic history. Dr. Cook is the author of a number of published articles, book chapters, and working papers and has edited and contributed to the Harvard-World Economic Forum Global and Africa Competitiveness Reports. Her research and training have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau for Economic Research, and the Economic History Association. With fellow economist and co-author Jeffrey Sachs, she has advised the governments of Rwanda and Nigeria.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Stephen P. Gasteyer is an assistant professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Dr. Gasteyer’s research focuses on the nexus between water, land, and community development. Specifically, his research currently addresses: 1) community capacity development and civic engagement through leadership training; 2) the political and social processes that enable or hinder community access to water and land resources, specifically (but not exclusively) in rural communities; 3) the class and race effects of access to basic services (water, sanitation, food, health care); 4) community capacity, community resilience and water systems management; 5) the impacts of greening in economically depressed small cities; 6) the community aspects of bioenergy development; 7) international social movements and community rights to basic services; and 8) facilitating cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary partnerships to address water and land resources management. Before coming to Michigan State University, Dr. Gasteyer was on faculty in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois. Prior to that, he was the research and policy director at the Rural Community Assistance Partnership in Washington, DC and a research consultant on issues of global water governance. Dr. Gasteyer was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali from 1987 through 1990, and worked with environmental non-governmental organizations from 1993 through 1998 in the Palestinian territories.
Professor of International Business and Byington Endowed Chair, Eli Broad College of Business
Tomas Hult is the Byington Endowed Chair and the director of the International Business Center (IBC) in MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. IBC, one of 17 national centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, serves Michigan as a 24-county Regional Export Network and as an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Tomas Hult has been at MSU since 2001 and teaches for three departments (Marketing, Management, and Supply Chain Management). He is also executive director of the Academy of International Business, the president of the Sheth Foundation, a radio host of globalEDGE Business Beat on the Michigan Business Network (MBN), and serves on the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission and the U.S. District Export Council. Tomas Hult is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business, and in 2016 he was selected the top marketing professor in the world by the Academy of Marketing Science. He has published several books, including Second Shift (2016) with David Hollister, Ray Tadgerson, and David Closs; Global Supply Chain Management (2014) with David Closs and David Frayer; and the #1 market-share leading international business textbooks, Global Business Today 10e (2018) and International Business 11e (2017) with Charles Hill. Dr. Hult’s research has been cited some 36,000 times per Google Scholar, among the top business and economics scholars in the last decade. He holds visiting professorships of his native Uppsala University (Sweden) as well as Leeds University (UK).
Assistant Professor, Department of Sustainability
Maria Claudia Lopez is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Sustainability. Dr. Lopez is an economist specializing in natural resources management, environmental economics, experimental economics and collective action with a master’s in rural development from the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, and a PhD in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship working with Elinor Ostrom at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University on issues of governance, common property, and institutional analysis. Her research uses multiple methods, including field experiments from behavioral economics, institutional analysis, econometrics, ethnography, and participatory research, to understand how rural communities can collaborate successfully in the management of commonly held natural resources. She has done research in Colombia, Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, USA, Bolivia and Uganda. Before coming to MSU she was a Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. While there, she worked with an interdisciplinary group of researchers (ecologists, psychologists, economists and political scientists) developing a project aiming to understand how knowledge about how human decision making affects and is affected by changing forest conditions. Before that, Dr. Lopez was an assistant professor in her home country, Colombia. While in Colombia, she taught various classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. She also supervised several thesis (undergraduate and graduate level) in natural resource management, tourism, conservation and collective action.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Andrea Louie, an associate professor of anthropology, has conducted research exploring how ideas constructed around “Chineseness” as a racial and cultural identity have been reworked as transnational processes bring Chinese from different parts of the world into contact with one another. She is interested in using multi-sited ethnography to examine relationships between globalization and the continued importance of native origins and place for the rooting of identities. Her book Chineseness Across Borders: Re-negotiating Chinese Identities in China and the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2004) won the Association for Asian American Studies Social Sciences' book award (March 2006). Dr. Louie’s new book How Chinese Are You? Adopted Chinese Youth and their Families Negotiate Identity and Culture was released in August of 2015. In it, Dr. Louie examines the challenges Chinese adoption presents to families trying to honor their children’s “birth culture.” This ethnographic study analyzes how both white and Asian American adoptive parents engage in changing understandings of and relationships with “Chineseness” as a form of ethnic identity, racial identity, or cultural capital over the life course.
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Language
Deogratias Ngonyani is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. Dr. Ngonyani's primary research and teaching interests are in language description, the morphosyntax of Bantu languages—particularly how morphological structure is related to phrasal structure—and comparative-historical studies of Southern Tanzanian languages. He has presented at conferences and published on various aspects morphosyntax in Studies in African Linguistics, Lingua,and the Linguistic Review. He has also presented and published articles on language in education in Tanzania, as well as how linguistic devices are used in Swahili literature and political discourse.