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Kevin Higashikubo
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate Institution and Degree: Washington University in St. Louis: BA-Philosophy
Research Interests: American Intellectual History, Modernism, Pragmatism, Film, Aesthetics
Email: khigash@bgsu.edu

Mary Maxfield
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: Fontbonne University, B.A., Creative Social Change
Research Interests: Discourses of social justice activism and new media
Email: mmaxfie@bgsu.edu

Meriem Mechehoud
Hometown: Skikda, Algeria
Undergraduate 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
Email: meriemm@bgsu.edu

Erin R. Mulligan
Hometown: Brick, New Jersey
Undergraduate: BA in American Studies and History, minor in Women's and Gender Studies
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Research Interests: Women and gender studies, food studies, veganism, vegetarianism, late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century American history
Email: emullig@bgsu.edu

Cody Osterman
Hometown: New York, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Pace University - Bachelor's in English Literature and American Studies
Research Interests: Revolutionary and Early National Period American History, Postmodern Theory and Literature, 19th Century Cultural History
Email: costerm@bgsu.edu

Ludmila Polyakova
Hometown: Bowling Green, OH
Graduate Institution/Degree: MA Textual and Literary Analysis, Bowling Green State University
Undergraduate Institution/Degree: BA English, Creative Writing minor, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests: everyday life theory, psychogeography, autoethnography, art history/criticism, visual art and installation art, spontaneity/avant-garde studies, literary/textual analysis
Email: polyala@bgsu.edu

Jacqueline Adams
Hometown: Bowling Green, KY (Home Place: Western Kentucky University)
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., History, Western Kentucky University (WKU); M.A., Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities (WKU); Graduate Certificate, Gender & Women’s Studies (WKU)
Research Interests: Healing pedagogies, physical and temporal spaces through time (philosophy of space and time), definitions of home places, transnational feminisms, women’s work, feminist pedagogy, cultural trauma, ecofeminism and sustainability, visual and material cultures; overlapping relationships between work, globalization/industrialization, nationalism, American masculinities, and militarism.
Email: adamsje@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

Tori Arthur
Hometown: Warsaw, VA
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.S., Media Arts and Design, James Madison University; MFA, Creative Writing/Literature, American University
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Post-colonial cinema and literature, particularly Nigerian (Nollywood) film; African immigrant community formation in the U.S. and the digital mediation of 'home'; immigration, race, and representation in American film and television; African cultural 'homeland' tourism
Email: tarthur@bgsu.edu

Steven Bellavia
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: BA History University of Kansas ; MA History Emporia State University
Research Interests: Cold War, specifically Late Cold War period and how memory and Popular culture were used as a way of unifying the nation. The American Bicentennial celebration
Email: srbella@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.
Email: davideb@bgsu.edu

Alissa Butler
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ and Boston, MA
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., History, Arizona State University; M.A., American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: Fandom Studies, Audience and Consumer Reception, Producer/Consumer Relationships, Collecting, The Walt Disney Company, Comic Books and Comic Con Culture
Email: anbutle@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

Bernadette Compton
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees:
Undergrad: university of central Arkansas psychology bachelors of science with sociology minor
Grad: Miami university (OH) masters in sport psychology
Research Interests: sport and violence, sport and sexuality, sport, gender, and race
Email: comptob@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.
Email: 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: Technology and culture, digital humanities, urban studies, psychogeography, development studies, Critical and Human Geographies
Dissertation Title: "Fight for the Future: Post-Development Infrastructure and Politics in Detroit, MI"
Email: dfawcet@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

Aju Basil James
Hometown: Trivandrum, India
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: M.A English, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; M.Phil English, University of Hyderabad.
Research Interests: Humour studies, globalization, literary theory
Email: abjames@bgsu.edu

Becky Jenkins
Hometown: Lucasville, Ohio
Undergrad: BIS / Miami University (Organizational Leadership / Visual Media Culture)
Grad: MA / ACS & Public History / BGSU
Research Interests: I am interested in the intersection of history and culture, especially those stories that have been erased, white-washed, overlooked, or forgotten, especially because of race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, or gender identity
Email: jenkinr@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

Robert Joseph
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degree: B.A. History, University of Dayton; M.A. Communication, University of Dayton
Research Interests: Representation of people and places in Film and Television, the Effect of Tax Credits on Film and Television, Popular Memory, Media Rhetoric
Email: rgjosep@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

Sylvio Lynch III
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.S., Integrated Marketing Communication, Winthrop University, M.A., American Studies, University of Alabama.
Research Interests: Early Cold War America: consumerism, visual culture, and the American home.
Email: lynchs@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: Using ethnographic, qualitative methods I explore the lived experiences of people who self-identify as having bodies which breach social norms by considering how they experience, accept, resist and/or subvert popular culture messages and representations of fat bodies
Email: jmurphy@bgsu.edu

Lauren O'Connor
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: Illinois Wesleyan University, BA History; Roosevelt University (Chicago), MA Counseling & Human Services
Research Interests: Adolescence, comics studies, depictions of teens in popular culture, young adult identity development
Email: lroconn@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

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

Bincy Abdul Samad
Hometown: Trivandrum, India
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English Literature, Kerala University
M.A., English Literature, Kent State University

Research Interests/Dissertation Topic or Title: African American Studies and Harlem Renaissance, Postcolonialism, Globalization and Internationalism, Ethnic studies, Race and Cultural studies.
Email: babdul@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

Shane Snyder
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Undergrad/Grad institutions and degrees: B.A. English Literature, Sacramento State University; B.A. Anthropology, Sacramento State University; M.A. Literary and Textual Studies, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests: Masculinity, gender, race, and ethnicity studies, especially regarding how popular video games about war reinscribe hyper-masculine cultural fantasies about Otherness and American exceptionalism. The rhetoric of video games, particularly dealing with how programmed spaces and interactivity signify a more direct relationship between the player-subject and the programmers behind the code. Subversive products in independent gaming. Gaming communities. Representations of gender and sexuality in film. The history of racism in America
Email: shamsny@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

Thi Hai Ly Tran
Hometown: Vietnam
Undergraduate Institutions: Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Bachelor's Degree in English.
Graduate Institutions: Vietnam National Unversity, Hanoi - Master's Degree in English; Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany - Master's Degree in American Studies
Research Interests: Vietnamese Refugees, Asian Americans, Ethnic Studies
Email: ttran@bgsu.edu

Washieka Torres
Hometown: The Bronx, New York
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English Literature, College of Staten Island-CUNY; M.A., English, Brooklyn College-CUNY
Research Interests: Disability Rights; Media Representations of Disability; Disability Studies
Email: wtorres@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

Kaitlyn Wauthier
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A. History and American Studies, American University; M.A. American Culture Studies, Ethnic Studies Graduate Certficate, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests: National imaginaries, travel and tourism, disability studies, 20th century literature and film
Email: kewauth@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