25 Years

Teaching Faculty & Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

Batista , Patricia Giselia

Visiting Scholar

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Patrícia Giselia Batista is Brazilian, PhD candidate in Social History in the PhD’s Program in History at the Federal University of Uberlândia. Since 2016, she has been developing intersectional research, in the "Politics and Imaginary" field, which focus on Cultural, Race and Gender Studies in the area of Decolonial and Black Feminist theories. She is a member of the Gender Studies Center (NEGUEM-UFU) and Fellowship Abdias Program of Doctorate Exchange. She has master's degree in Social History from the State University of Montes Claros (Unimontes). She has bachelor degree in History from Instituto Superior de Educação Ibituruna (ISEIB) and, with Lato Sensu specialization in "History, Society and Culture in Brazil" from State University of Montes Claros (Unimontes). She also has experience as primary school teacher in the Public School Brazilian. In the period 2012-2015, she attended workshops at the Theater University (Extension Project of the Arts College - Unimontes). From 2008 to 2015, she participated as a volunteer and she was a founding member of the Igor Vive Sociocultural Associatio (ACIV) in the interior of the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, which contributing to the development of artistic practices, socio-cultural projects and various actions against homophobia. She also has a artistic name, "Pagi", for her artistic performance as a poet and perfomer. She is the author of two books of poetry - "There is a flower in my shoe" (2012) and "I hummingbird or I deflower you" (2015) - and other poems published in anthologies. She got an honorable mention at the 29th National Poetry Salon Psiu Poético in Brazil. Patricia Giselia will be in residence with ICGC from August 2018 to August 2019.

Friedman , Elisabeth Jay

Visiting Scholar

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Elisabeth Jay Friedman is Professor of Politics and Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005). She has also published articles on transnational women's organizingwomen's rights in Latin America, and same-sex marriage. Her most recent single-authored book, Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America (University of California Press, 2016), provides the first in-depth exploration of how Latin American feminist and queer activists have interpreted the internet in order to develop their identities, construct communities, and hone strategies for social change. By translating the internet into their own vernacular, they have also transformed the technology. Friedman is also the editor of the forthcoming collection Seeking Rights from the Left: Gender, Sexuality, and the Latin American Pink Tide (Duke University Press) which brings together 15 scholars from North and South America to explore to what extent contemporary left-leaning governments promoted the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and engaged feminist and queer movements. Her current project explores the transnational diffusion of feminist practices.

Dr. Jay Friedman is in residence with ICGC through Spring semester, 2019. 

Hayes, Patricia

Visiting Scholar

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             A scholar of African history, gender studies and visuality, Patricia Hayes began research on photography and the question of history after completing her PhD at Cambridge University. Supported by an innovative History Department, research and teaching in Visual History became established at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) from the late 1990s. Specific paradigms and postgraduate research associated with the Chair now include documentary photography; liberation struggles and the post-apartheid; digital photography in the postcolony; and photography and historical method.

Patricia Hayes has edited several journal special issues on visuality and gender including Gender & History (2006) and Kronos (2000).  She co-authored Bush of Ghosts: Life & War in Namibia (Umuzi 2010) with photographer John Liebenberg, and has published articles on several South African and Mozambican photographers. Her work appears in Okwui Enwezor’s The Rise and Fall of Apartheid(International Centre for Photography 2012), Crais and McLendon’s The South African Reader (Duke 2014), and Mofokeng’s Chasing Shadows (Prestel 2011). Recent critical historical articles on photography and the making of publics have appeared in Cultural Critique (Issue 89, 2015), Sanil V & Divya Dwivedi’s The Public Sphere from Outside the West (Bloomsbury 2015), and the 2017 special issue on the 1980s of the journal Photographies. Hayes is also series co-editor of the new Photography, History: History, Photography series at Bloomsbury Academic publishers. 

Patricia Hayes was educated in Zimbabwe. She gained her BA (Hons) in Modern History & Modern Languages from Oxford University (UK), a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from the University of Zimbabwe, and completed her PhD on the history of the colonisation of northern Namibia at Cambridge University in 1992.

As a postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (1993-5) Hayes began work on two collaborative research projects on Namibia supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA), resulting in Namibia Under South African Rule (James Currey 1998) and The Colonising Camera (Ohio University Press 1998). She joined the History Department at UWC in 1995, teaching 20th century African history as well as postgraduate courses on gender and visual history. She co-edited Deep hiStories: Gender & Colonialism in Southern Africa (Rodopi 2002) with UWC colleagues Gary Minkley and Wendy Woodward. She was Chair of the History Department in 2006-07, and national Convenor of the NRF Rating Panel for History in 2011-2. She has held Visiting Fellowships at Columbia University (1993), Emory University (2001), University of Michigan (Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies 2005), Cambridge University (Smuts Fellowship 2006), Calcutta Centre for Social Science Research (2008), Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (2009), and the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata at the University of Cologne (2011 and 2013). Hayes is one of the convenors of the Seminar in Contemporary History and Humanities, co-hosted by the History Department and the Centre for Humanities Research. She was seconded to the CHR in 2016 when appointed to the SARChI Chair in Visual History & Theory.

Dr. Hayes is in residence with ICGC October through December, 2018. 

Nefdt, Ryan

Visiting Scholar

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Ryan Nefdt completed his PhD at the Joint programme in Philosophy at the Universities\ of St Andrews and Stirling in the UK. There, he was a member of the Arché Research Centrefor the study of Logic, Language and Epistemology.
His research interests lie at the intersection of the philosophy of language, science, and theoretical linguistics. He is also interested in issues of linguistic injustice, the philosophy of race and African philosophy more generally.
He has previously studied at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. He has also conducted research at Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Leeds.

Ryan is in residence with ICGC November 2018 – January 2019.




Schaffauser , Agnes

Visiting Scholar

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Agnès Schaffauser is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota and teaches beginning, intermediate and upper-level French courses at the University of Minnesota. She has also taught French in Wales, England, at the University of Montana and at Hamline University in St Paul. In summer 2019, she will teach an African Literature class (AFRO 3625W) on “Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora”.


She obtained her BA in English at Paris VIII University, her MA in American Literature at Toulouse-Le Mirail University and completed coursework at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. She completed an MA in French and Francophone Literature at the University of Minnesota with a concentration on African-American and African Studies. She is currently specializing in Francophone postcolonial literature with an emphasis on Maghrebi literature. Her research interests also include gender studies and psychoanalysis. 


For her thesis, she will focus on the figure of the migrant and representations of migration in literature and the arts, especially in novels, comic books, films and documentaries. Her research has been funded through the Department of French and Italian, the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Research Partnership Program (2016), the Renaud Graduate fellowship (2018) and the Interdisciplinary Dissertation Fellowship hosted at ICGC (2018-19). 


She published her first article “‘The Toxic Father’ and ‘the Curing Daughter’ in Marie NDiaye’s Three Strong Women” in The French Review (2017) and is currently working on putting together a collected volume on Franco-Algerian writer Salim Bachi.


Agnes is in residence as ICGC's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow through Spring semester, 2019. 



Current Teaching Faculty

Brown, Karen

Teaching Faculty 

Director, ICGC

Director of Graduate Studies and Senior Lecturer, Development Studies and Social Change Graduate Minor Program

MDP Program Co-Chair

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Karen Brown is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), where she directs a number of international and interdisciplinary education and research programs including the ICGC Scholar and Mellon Scholars fellowship programs and a partnership with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.  Dr. Brown co-chairs the Master of Development Practice degree program in international development studies with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and teaches in the ICGC Development Studies and Social Change (DSSC) Ph.D. minor program, and also serves as a Graduate Faculty member in Feminist Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her past positions include Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship (2012-2015) in which she directed the University’s system-wide Global Spotlight grants program to support international and interdisciplinary research and Special Assistant for International Scholarship in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Dr. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Minnesota) with concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She also earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies (University of Minnesota) and a B.S. in Chinese (Georgetown University). Her academic interests focus on gender and public policy in global context, international women's and children's human rights, girls in international policy, and international research ethics and methods.

Selected publications:

“Gender and International Relations.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Sandy Maisel, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“The Rise of Interdisciplinarity:  Implications for Promoting Advanced Specialized Knowledge at Public Research Universities,” with Karri Holley, in Re-Envisioning the 21st Century Public Research University. Robert H. Bruininks, Robert J. Jones, Andrew Furco and Kateryna Kent, eds. New York:  Routledge, forthcoming.

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” in Restructuring World Politics:  Transnational Social Movements, Networks and Norms.  Sanjeev Khagram, James V. Riker, and Kathryn Sikkink, eds. University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

Courses taught:

Global Survey of Gender and Public Policy

Doctoral Research Workshop

Scholarship and Public Responsibility

Gender and Citizenship

Research Interest: feminist international relations, gender and politics, international human rights, international research ethics

Derickson, Kate

Teaching Faculty 

Research Interest: Feminist epistemology, the political economy of race and racialization, the American South, environmental governance, scholar-activism

Deutsch, Tracey

Teaching Faculty 

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Research Interest: Feminist theory, women's and gender history, histories of capitalism, the politics of consumption, labor, and agriculture

Johnstone, Christopher

Teaching Faculty 

Research Interest: Inclusive education, development internationalization of higher education, intersection of diversity, equity, and internationalization

Nagar, Richa

Teaching Faculty 

Research Interest: critical development studies, transnational feminist praxis, politics of knowledge production

Wilsey, David

Teaching Faculty 

Program Director, MDP Program

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David Wilsey is the Program Director for the Master in Development Practice (MDP) program, which is co-administered by ICGC and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Dr. Wilsey’s research and practice focus on development of integrated natural resource conservation and livelihood programs, generally focusing on forest-and farm-based livelihood systems. He is particularly interested in the role of non-timber forest products in food and livelihood systems and the development of market-based interventions to support livelihood and lifestyle goals.

Dr. Wilsey joined the MDP program in 2013 as the program coordinator and a lecturer. Prior to joining the program, he spent five years as an associate Extension professor & educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences. His Extension work focused on three themes: natural resource based livelihood systems, non-timber forest products, and cross cultural program development. Dr. Wilsey was situated within the forestry program area, his work extended to other areas and he established productive collaborations with the small farms team, community vitality and economics, family resource management, and the American Indian leadership team, of which he was an active member. Though his interests are broad ranging, over the course of his career Dr. Wilsey primarily worked with forest–based and forest–oriented groups in the Americas: in Minnesota, several states in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. He finds the opportunity to expand this portfolio to include other themes and regions to be a great privilege of working with the MDP program.

Research Interest: Sustainable livelihood systems, integrated conservation and development strategies, non-timber forest products, and food systems research