Hear the full interview on The Food Fix, a project of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.
When Professor of Geography and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Social Science Joe Messina first analyzed satellite images of Malawi farm fields, he figured he had made a mistake. Almost everywhere he looked he found maize harvest declines in the East African nation over the previous decade. But this was the site of the Malawi Miracle, a fertilizer subsidy program so successful that it was lauded by researchers in scientific journals and by writers in the New York Times and The Economist. It became a model program used to justify similar enormous investments by the international community in other African nations. “I assumed I was wrong,” said Messina, a researcher at Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. And so began a detective story recently published in the journal Nature Plants. It is a story that doesn’t prove Messina wrong. Rather, it reveals a series of missteps, assumptions, faulty data and a desire to confirm success that led other researchers astray.
Southeast Michigan is, in many ways, the birthplace of the American Middle Class. Since the early 20th Century, the region has played a central role in American manufacturing and the health of middle-income Americans’ economic status.
What were the economic conditions that allowed the Middle Class as we know it to emerge and stick around for decades? And what does Michigan’s economy now say about the future of the Middle Class?
"Race is merely a proxy for skin color," Hall said. "'Skin color' we can define and we can measure. Race is just a political and social construct that we've used since the Antebellum [pre-Civil War period]. More and more, as we get closer to the next century ... we're going to come to a time when you won't be able to look at individuals and differentiate their so-called 'race' based on their hair texture, eye color, skin color ... racial miscegenation will be the norm at that point."
John Aerni-Flessner of the Department of History shares information on the life of Malcolm X in Lansing, Michigan.
“Our mission is to inform state public policy and improve governance in Michigan, and a forum like this one is part of our broader mission to connect the university with the Capitol downtown,” Matt Grossmann tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes from the February 15 "Michigan's Drive toward Autonomous Vehicles" forum held by the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University.
Stephanie Nawyn is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of Academic Programs, Outreach, and Engagement, Center for Gender in Global Context.
Her research and teaching areas of expertise are in gender and immigration, with a focus on forced migration, exclusion, and social inequality. Since coming to Michigan State, Stephanie has conducted research on community development among immigrants and the importance of social networks and social capital to immigrant and refugee incorporation, as well as the socioeconomic advancement of African-born immigrants in the United States.
Through a Fulbright Fellowship in Istanbul, she studies the trafficking of migrants in Turkey, focusing on trafficking in sex and other types of labor. Currently she is working on the vulnerability of Syrian refugees to trafficking in Turkey.
Stephanie earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Sophia Koufopoulou is fixed term faculty member with the Department of Sociology at, where this semester she teaches international development and the refugee crisis, social stratification and family and society. In 1989 Sophia was one of the very first Greek scholars to pursue in-depth field research in neighboring Turkey through which she explored, described, and explained how individuals and families (Greek and Turkish) forcibly relocated through the terms and conditions of the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne preserved their identity through the remainder of the 20th century.
Since 2003, Sophia has led the MSU “Contemporary Culture, Politics, and Society in Greece and Turkey” study abroad program through which over 600 MSU undergraduates have traveled, lived and studied in Greece and Turkey. Most recently she was an invited participant on the European Union/Government of Turkey sponsored project “Women on the Move: Refugees in Turkey” where she spent time in Turkey visiting refugee camps on the Turkish Syrian border.
She earned her master’s degree from the University of the Aegean.
Lisa Cook is an associate professor of economics in MSU’s College of Social Science and James Madison College. What sets Cook and fellow Spartans apart is approaching challenges with empathy and a solution-oriented attitude.
Welcome home Spartans! Students at MSU can go down so many paths, there's always somebody there to help guide you.
Featuring Monica Williamson (Anthropology) and Dean Rachel Croson of the College of Social Science, Alan Green (Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Education) and Dean Christopher P. Long of the College of Arts & Letters, and Greg Hunter (Theatre) and Dean Ron Hendrick of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Dr. Angela Hall of the MSU School of Human Resources and Labor Relations in the College of Social Science was once of the featured panelists at the Sharper Focus/Wider Lens forum entitled Brave New Workplace: The Next Careers.
Listen to Dr. Hall's portion of the event below.
Get the answers from Geography Professor and State Climatologist Jeffrey Andresen from his interview on Michigan Public Radio, June 30, 2016.
Courtney Woods recently earned her degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Social Science. Now in graduate school at Harvard, Courtney made this video herself to share her experience working with TRIO SSS, a program on MSU's campus that is dedicated to student success through academic assistance, career counseling, personal advising, and academic support for first-generation college students, students who come from low-income backgrounds, and disabled students. TRIO is a great program that spans the university, but all students, no matter their backgound, should consider following Courtney's lead.
Sharper Focus/Wider Lens: It's All Politics is part of an ongoing series created by the Honors College and sponsored by several university departments and colleges including the College of Social Science. This event features Dr. Mike Colaresi, professor in the Department of Political Science.
Charles Ballard is a professor in the Department of Economics in the College of Social Science.
He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His books include “Michigan at the Millennium” and “Michigan’s Economic Future.”
In 2007, Charles became director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Also in 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU’s College of Social Science. In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of the Michigan League for Public Policy.
NiCole T. Buchanan is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Social Science.
NiCole is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches social justice and multicultural psychology. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender and race/ethnicity with an emphasis on harassment targeting African American and Latina women.
Her recent publications examine racialized sexual harassment, race- and gender-based harassment among college students and working adults, race and gender-role ideology as moderators of harassment and outcomes among white and black women, contrapower harassment in academia, gendered bullying, and therapeutic concerns of racially ambiguous and non-visible minority women.
NiCole is part of The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at MSU, which provides a collaborative, multi-disciplinary vehicle for faculty and students to engage in social action research that influences significant local, state, national and international practice and policy related to gender-based violence.
Angie Kennedy is an associate professor and director of the doctoral program in the School of Social Work in the College of Social Science.
Her work focuses on cumulative victimization (including community and school violence, family violence, and intimate partner violence) and associated outcomes among adolescents and young adults. She is especially interested in using innovative methods to examine patterns of co-occurring and cumulative victimization over time; she has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Angie is also part of The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at MSU.
The Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum got off to an amazing start with its first featured speaker, President Bill Clinton.
President Clinton was recognized as the first recipient of the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service. Governor Blanchard, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, and Political Science senior Robert Parsons also spoke during the program which was attended by over 700 guests, nearly 300 of them being MSU students.
MSU Alumni LENS provided video footage of the entire event and broadcast it via livestream. Enjoy the full program below.
Jiaguo Qi is a professor in the Department of Geography and director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations. He serves as a project scientist for NASA’s Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Studies (MAIRS) program. His research focuses on two areas: integrating biophysical and social processes and methods in understanding land use and land cover change and transforming data into information and knowledge. The geographic areas of his research include North America, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, East and West Africa, South America, and Australia.
Recently, he initiated and implemented an innovative undergraduate and graduate program with China's universities to jointly train senior undergraduate and graduates and initiated a joint hire between MSU and Zhejiang University faculty to further facilitate exchanges with Chinese institutions. The Center for Global Change and Earth Observations has also hosted more than 15 scholars from China and other Asia countries.
Andrea Louie is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and director of the Asian Pacific American Studies program at MSU.
She 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.” won the Association for Asian American Studies Social Sciences book award in 2006. Her current research focuses on the “cultural socialization” and racialization of children adopted from China in the U.S.
Holly Brophy-Herb, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has been honored with a Key Partner Award from Michigan State University’s Extension Office. The award recognizes Dr. Brophy-Herb’s rigor, excellence and steadfast commitment to partnering with MSU Extension to translate cutting-edge research into meaningful implementation with individuals, families and communities in greatest need across Michigan. She was nominated by Extension Specialist Carrie Shrier.
Thomas Dietz is a professor of sociology and environmental science and policy in the College of Social Science and assistant vice president for environmental research at Michigan State University. He was featured at a Sharper Focus/Wider Lens event on April 3, 2015, a lecture series sponsored by the MSU Honors College. Listen to the podcast of his remarks here.
Glenn Stutzky is a senior clinical instructor in the School of Social Work within the College of Social Science. He was featured at a Sharper Focus/Wider Lens event on February 4, 2015, a lecture series sponsored by the MSU Honors College. Listen to the podcast of his remarks here.
Malcolm Magee is an associate professor in the Department of History in the College of Social Science and the Department of Religious Studies within the College of Arts and Letters. He was featured at a Sharper Focus/Wider Lens event on February 4, 2015, a lecture series sponsored by the MSU Honors College. Listen to the podcast of his remarks here.
Amy Bonomi is a professor in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She studies domestic violence and abusive relationships.
Sean Fitzpatrick is a senior in MSU's Honors College, pursuing degrees in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and in interdisciplinary studies in the College of Social Science with a focus on community, governance and advocacy. He spent the first half of this summer in New York City as an intern with city councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, an ’82 MSU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in political theory. He spent the second half of his summer on a study abroad program in Mali.