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Joshua Catalano
Hometown: Saint Marys, PA
Undergrad Institution and Degree: B.A. in History, Saint Vincent College
Research Interests: American Revolution, Memory, Sports, Atlantic History
E-mail: jccatal@bgsu.edu

Meriem Mechehoud
Hometown: Skikda, Algeria
Graduate Institution and Degree: Badji Mokhtar university Annaba, Algeria. BA in foreign languages option:English language and literatture
Research Interests: American history, The American Constitution, Women contributions in US social and political history, Media
E-mail: meriemm@bgsu.edu

Becky Jenkins
Hometown: Lucasville, Ohio
Graduate Institution and Degree: Miami University (Ohio) - BIS - Organizational Leadership / Visual Media Culture
Research Interests: The cultural intersection of photography and social media / digital privacy
E-mail: jenkinr@bgsu.edu

 

 

Johni Amos 
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Sociology and Criminal Justice, Ohio Northern University; M.Ed., Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel, Kent State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Tattoos and the tattoo subculture, advertisements, film
Email: jamos@bgsu.edu

Wonda Baugh 
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Undergrad/Grad Institution and Degrees: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies in Women and Gender Studies and History, Arizona State University; M.A., Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Disability studies, television studies
Email: wbaugh@bgsu.edu

April Braden
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., History, Loyola University Chicago; M.A., U.S. History, Loyola University Chicago
Research Interests: American consumerism, representations of the American Middle Class, urban history, material culture and vernacular architecture.
Email: bradena@bgsu.edu

Eric Browning
Hometown: Wooster, Ohio
Undergraduate/Graduate Institutions and Degrees: B.A. Film Production, Bowling Green State University; M.A. Film Studies, University of Miami
Research Interests: Horror Films, Gender Studies, Cult Films, the Hollywood Golden Era, Audience Reception Studies, the French New Wave, and Film Restoration.
E-mail: davideb@bgsu.edu

Lauren Chesnut
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees:  B.A., Linguistics, Macalester College; M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Paranormal investigation television, energy drinks, bro culture
Email: lchesnu@bgsu.edu

Vern Cooper
Hometown: Jellico, TN; Williamsburg, KY (by birth)/ Richmond, KY (by association)
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A. Creative Writing and M.A. Literature/Rhetoric and Composition at Eastern Kentucky University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic: Liminal Stigma. Queer subcultures and the marginalization of liminal bodies and identities such as bisexual, switch (BDSM), and genderqueers. Internalization and mimesis of heterocentrism by Queer culture in order to reproduce asymmetrical power hierarchies which mimic the straight/gay false binary, with the purpose of authenticating certain bodies or identities as Queer, which necessitates the marginalization of Other, “deviant,” bodies or identities.
E-mail: cooperv@bgsu.edu

Diana DePasquale 
Hometown: All over the Garden State!
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., American Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: "Stealing Television: Negotiating the Affective Politics of  Online Piracy."
Research Interests: Television and media studies, affective economies, comedy and humor studies, radical American history, gender and media, women in comedy, piracy culture, digital spaces of resistance.
Email: dianad@bgsu.edu

Dan Elkan 
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Political Science, Seton Hall University; M.A., American Studies, University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Race, masculinity and imperialism; U.S. and Caribbean history; late 19th and early 20th century studies
Email: daelkan@bgsu.edu

Daniel Fawcett 
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English/Textual Studies, Syracuse University; B.S., Integrated Language Arts Education, BGSU; M.A., English, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Technology and culture, informatics, digital humanities, psychogeography, posthumanism
Email: dfawcet@bgsu.edu

Johnanna Ganz
Hometown: Merrill, WI
Undergraduate/Graduate Institutions: Hamline University-BA in Art History and Women's Studies; University of Northern Iowa-MA-Women's and Gender Studies
Research Interests: Victim Advocates, Violence Against Women, Feminism, LGBTQ Identity, Fat Studies, Motherhood in Popular Culture
Dissertation Topic: Victim Advocates' Negotiations of Social Identity, Occupational Stigma, and Social Support Network Development in Everyday Life
Email: jganz@bgsu.edu 

Starlit Hill 
Hometown: Mesquite, NM
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: Bachelor and Masters of Criminal Justice, New Mexico State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Juvenile prison experiences, intersections of ethnicity and gender, Latino representation, social justice, power and masculinities
Email: schill@bgsu.edu

Mallory Jagodzinski 
Hometown: Temperance, MI
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English, Michigan State University; M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Romance novels; feminism; popular representations of love and romance; online communities of women;
Email: mjagodz@bgsu.edu

Xinxin Jiang
Hometown: Chengdu, China
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English, Sichuan International Studies University; M.A., English Literature, Sichuan University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Television and Media Studies, Popular Culture, Food studies.
Email: xjiang@bgsu.edu

Tiffany L. Knoell
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., History, Utah Valley University; M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Late 19th and early 20th century mass media, animation, consumer culture, memory, historical reenactment, living history, history as commodity
Email: tknoell@bgsu.edu

Clare Lemke
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English and Women's Studies, University of Iowa; M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Third wave feminism; queer subcultures and literature; cultural and historical shifts in U.S. based feminisms; special interest in queer or non-normative femininities
Email: crlemke@bgsu.edu

Chris Lezotte 
Hometown: Detroit MI, residing in Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.F.A., Advertising Design, Wayne State University; M.L.S., Women's and Gender Studies, Eastern Michigan University
Dissertation Title: "Have You Heard the One About the 'Woman Driver'? Chicks, Muscle, Pickups, and the Reimagining of the Woman Behind the Wheel." (tentative title)
Research Interests: Automotive culture, women's and gender Studies, ethnography
Email: clezott@bgsu.edu

Clitha Mason
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois (South Side)
Undergraduate/Graduate Institutions: B.S., Business Administration concentration Marketing Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC; M.A., English concentration Film Studies, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic: The interrelation of fat bodies and Black queer bodies and Popular Culture; Ghetto Geographies (specifically Bronzeville) and the social construction of the inner city.
Email: clitham@bgsu.edu

JoAnna R. Murphy 
Hometown: Grand Rapids, OH
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University; M.A., Sociology, University of Toledo
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Fat studies, Foucauldian approaches to the body, social construction, popular culture
Email: jmurphy@bgsu.edu

Justin Philpot 
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
Dissertation Title: Death, Power, Resistance: Suicide as a Cultural Object
Email: jmphilpot@gmail.com

Elizabeth Morgan Stark Pysarenko
Hometown: Riverhead, NY
Undergrad/Grad Institution and Degrees: B.A. Art History and M.A. Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory at Purchase College, State University of New York
Research Interests: Abandoned and unauthorized spaces and places, masculine performance and ritualism in graffiti, material culture, Jewish memory, trash archaeology and urban exploration
Email: elizamp@bgsu.edu

Nicki Reamer 
Hometown: Tiffin, OH
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Communication Studies, The University of Toledo; M.A., Communication Studies, Kent State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Most things mediated with a particular emphasis on feminist perspectives of popular television, video games and gaming culture, as well as the many ways in which audiences/viewers/users interact with these media to build and maintain culture, community, and identity; dissertation will focus, at least in part, on the ways in which video games can be used to build virtual communities and maintain geographically distant relationships.
Email: nreamer@bgsu.edu

Debbie Ribera
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergrad/Grad Institution and Degrees: B.A., Sociology, University of San Diego; M.S., Counseling, California State University at Los Angeles
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: The transmission of affect in international aid work; diversity education in urban public schools; documentary media representations of urban education; digital media representations of children in developing countries, critical pedagogy
Email: dribera@bgsu.edu

Stephanie Salerno 
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergrad/Grad Institution and Degrees: B.A., Music History, Roosevelt University; M.L.S., North Central College
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Rufus Wainwright and queer affects thru music, performing masculinity, popular music, the intersection of high and low art in popular culture
Email: sasteph@bgsu.edu

Zach Sands 
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Film Production, Columbia College Chicago; M.A., English (Film and Literature), Northern Illinois University; Fulbright Scholar, 2009-2010, Republic of Moldova
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Film studies, political economy, American history, social movements, generational divides, the Cold War, globalization, music, new media
Email: zsands@bgsu.edu

Heather M. Sloane 
Hometown: Manassas, VA
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.S., Psychology, The College of William and Mary; M.S.W., Health Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dissertation Topic: Medical Culture - The relationship between poverty and medical education in the U.S.
Email: hsloane@bgsu.edu

Tobias Spears
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad/Grad Institution and Degrees: B.A., History, Binghamton University; M.A., Women’s Studies, Georgia State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Black queer geographies, urban geography, space and sexuality; community studies
Email: tobiass@bgsu.edu

Chris Wagenheim
Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Creative Writing, University of South Florida; M.A., American Studies, University of South Florida
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Spectacular Male Bodies in Popular, Contemporary, American Action Adventure Films
Email: cwagenh@bgsu.edu

Ying-bei Wang 
Hometown: Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English, National Chengchi University; M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Iowa
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Modern Fiction, Media, American Popular Culture, Race, Ethnicity, and Youth Studies. Potential dissertation topic explores how youth/youthfulness has been reinvigorated in American popular culture after 9/11.
Email: yingbw@bgsu.edu

Ann DeMeulenaere Weedon 
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana/Niles, Michigan
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: A.A., Journalism, Southwestern Michigan College; B.A., English, Indiana University South Bend; M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: The intersection of gender, sexuality and age as it relates to women in midlife; film, television and media studies; performativity and performance; women's, gender, sexuality and queer studies
Email: aweedon@bgsu.edu