Faculty & Staff
As an interdisciplinary program, the American Culture Studies Program works with affiliated graduate faculty from all across campus, while maintaining a strong number of core faculty. The ACS faculty is also assisted by the MA Executive Committee and the PhD Executive Committee.
College of Arts and Sciences
Postcolonial, post 9/11 global, race, and cultural theories, Palestinian conflict, film and popular culture, the global western, women and Islam, graphic novels
Two edited volumes on global responses to 9/11 & terrorism currently under contract with Palgrave McMillan
Global Responses to 9/11, Imagining Palestine, Graphic Novels, Race and Gender in Ethnic Lit., African Identities in Film, Deconstructing Islamophobia, Black Films Matter
Department of Ethnic Studies
Working on a manuscript, American Dreams: Gender and Migration from India; in addition working on a survey of Indian physicians migration in Michigan and Ohio.
ETHN 6200, Theories of Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism; ETHN 1300, Intro to Asian American Studies
African American history; the long Civil Rights Movement; anti-Black violence; post-racial rhetoric; race and education
Currently, I am working on an analysis of the burial practices for lynching victims. I hope to expand a discussion that often ends with the lynching itself, or that dismisses the variety of ways that Black communities reacted. In addition, I am also working on revising my dissertation on Mordecai Johnson, the first Black president of Howard University, and writing an article on Reginald Berry, a/k/a Regis Siki, one of the early Black stars of professional wrestling in the 20th century.
Undergraduate level courses: Introduction to Ethnic Studies; Introduction to African American Studies; Ethnicity and Social Movements; The Civil Rights Movement (topics course) The Afro-American Cinematic Experience; Race and Urban Housing; History of American Racism; and BGSU 1910 courses on both the Black Lives Matter movement and the politics of Black athletes
Racial Construction, Racism, Class, Labor, U.S. History
Jim Crow Labor: The Making of Trade Union Racism (book in progress)
ACS 7300, ACS 7400, ACS 6800, ETHN 3300, ETHN 1010, ETHN 4150
Department of Popular Culture
Feminist cultural studies, television studies, queer studies
Queer representation in the sitcom, sitcom reboots, Orange is the New Black
POPC 6800/WS 6800: TV Comedy & Gender, WS 6100: Foundations of Feminist Theory
Popular culture, African American studies, religion, music
Gift Economy, Gospel Music, and Black Female Gospel Singers; Black Female Gospel Singers and Spiritual Autobiography
POPC 6800 Black Popular Music, POPC 6750 Popular Culture Theory and Methodology
Asia, national identity, performing arts (particularly theater and dance), romance novels
Honeymoon Couples, Jurassic Babies: Identity and Play in Chennai’s Post-Independence Sabha Theater. Book manuscript. Under contract with SUNY Press.
New book project on Tamil Identity and Dance Competitions
POPC 6610 International Popular Culture, POPC Seminars: Women and Bollywood; Romance Novels; Global Women's Narrative
Popular Music, Ethnomusicology, Cultural Theory, Semiotics, Aesthetics, Phenomenology, Postcolonialism, Monster Theory
Recording Studios, Heavy Metal as Protest Music, Rock and Postcoloniality, Popular Music Ethnography, Indonesian Popular Music in Historical Perspective, Love Songs
POPC 6750 Popular Culture Theory and Methodology, POPC Seminars: Music as Popular Culture; Genre and Authenticity in World Popular Music Studies; Music Ethnography
School of Media and Communication
Media Ecology, Philosophy of Communication, Rhetoric & Social Theory
I'm currently creating a model of biases inherent to our contemporary digital environments, and exploring their consequences in everyday life.
Rhetorical Criticism, Introduction to Media and Communication, Seminar in Media Ecology
Stigmatized identities; sexualities in close relationships; feminist theory and pedagogy; arts-based research, in particular, Poetic Inquiry
Feminist Memoir; White Middle-Class Motherhood
Critical Intercultural Communication
Critical Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
Affective Rhetoric at the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea Border Rhetorics in Hollywood Action Movies; Latinidad in Fear The Walking Dead
Rhetoric of Popular Music
Rhetorical Theory/Criticism; Critical/Cultural Studies; Social/Environmental Justice Rhetoric; Nonviolence/Peace & Conflict Studies
Working with coauthors on trying to get a piece published (it won a Top Paper award at 2018's NCA) on Nelson Mandela's rhetoric regarding Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK); trying to find time to finish a book proposal on environmental humanimal rhetorics
ACS 6820/MC 7150 - Social Movement Communication; Comm 3040/Comm & Leadership; MC 5100 Philosophical Foundations of Comm.; Comm 4040/Communication & Conflict
Communicating social biases, shattering stigma, and responding to discrimination
I am a Co-PI of a nearly million dollar NSF ADVANCE grant that focuses on gender equity, faculty development, allyship, and institutional change. Specifically, this project aims to advance the careers of women faculty, nonbinary faculty, and faculty of color-- especially those in STEM disciplines and the social behavioral sciences.
MC 7610: Race and Communication
COMM 3030: Persuasion
COMM 2010: Communication Theory
MC 6530: Interpersonal Communication
MC 6300: Social Scientific Research Methods MC
Political communication on social media, Media effects, Public opinion
News media coverage and social media discussion on the trade conflict between China and the U.S.;
Exposure to political disagreement on social media
Social Media and Society, Seminar in New Media Research, Introduction to Interactive Advertising on Social Media, Social Scientific Research Methods
Department of History
20th Century America; Foreign Relations, Cultural Diplomacy
Comparative Cultural Diplomacy in Cold War Berlin. I examine the roles of American artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians, and others in “selling the American way” during the Cold War.
ACS 6760 (US Cultural Diplomacy)
ACS Doctoral Committees: Steven Bellavia, PhD., 2018; April Braden, Ph.D., In-Progress.
Canadian history, migration, public history
Legend and History: Roche de Boeuf of the Maumee Valley The Ethics of Ghost Tours
HIST 6100: Local History
Hist 4140: History of Canada
HIST 1910 (3 credit 1st course in the major): The Historian's Craft
CAST 2010: Introduction to Canadian Studies
Environmental history, American and Latin American; Economic and social history (inequality, living standards, markets); Latin American History.
Local environmental history of the Great Black Swamp (see https://blogs.bgsu.edu/storiesinthewoods); living standards in Mexico, 1800-1930; comparative living standards; cultural and environmental history of climate in Mexico, 19th and 20th century.
At the graduate level: Environmental History, Environmental storytelling, History of Capitalism
Undergraduate: American environmental history, methodology, modern Latin America
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Department of Political Science
Gender, campaigns, elections, media, women's rights
Moms on the Run: Maternal Stereotypes on the Campaign Trail Study of mothers running for elective office in the United States, including their treatment by voters and the press, and the strategies mother-candidates used to address culturally-engrained stereotypes. Participant observation, in-depth interviews and content coding of media coverage employed. Awarded fellowship by Bowling Green State University’s Institute for the Study of Culture & Society.
The “Pink Wave” Fails to Come Ashore in Ohio: Press Coverage of the Governor’s Race in the State’s Top Newspapers Study of press coverage of the 2018 Ohio governor’s race to assess whether gendered coverage hampered the campaigns of those four women who ran for governor in the two major parties. Utilizes content-coding and qualitative analysis of over 500 newspaper articles about the campaign compiled from Ohio’s top five-circulating newspapers. With Hannah Cubberley, Rachel Martin, and Max Seeley.
Trailblazing Women in Ohio Politics
Study of women who have broken barriers in Ohio’s electoral politics through the collection of oral histories and production of a public television documentary in collaboration with WBGU-TV and Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections.
The Curious Case of CEDAW
Empirical study of the legal and institutional factors promoting compliance with the United Nations’ CEDAW Treaty (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). With Neil Englehart.
POLS 1100: American Government: Structures and Processes
POLS 2900: Statistics and Research Methods
POLS 3410: Public Opinion and Voter Behavior POLS 4400: Political Parties and Voter Behavior POLS 4420 / WS 4420: Women in American Politics POLS 6750: Research Methods
Department of Theatre and Film
Race and Performance, Asian American Performance, Dance History and Theory, Queer Theory, Gender Studies, Performance Ethnography
Choreographic Tendencies: Asian Aesthetics, Modern Dance, and the Politics of Race (an archival project) Places, Please: Stage Management, Gender Performance, and Invisible Labor (an ethnographic project)
THFM 7680: Dance, Movement, and Politics THFM 6680: Queer Performance and Theory THFM 6590: Research Methods in Theatre and Performance Studies THFM 6700: Women and Performance in the Americas THFM 6630: Introduction to Performance Studies THFM 6680: Performance and Mourning THFM 7670: Staging Race in the 19th-21st c.
Modern and Contemporary Theatre; The Avant-Garde and Experimental Performance; Marxist and Materialist methods; Higher Education; Acting Practice and Theory
I am editing a volume of essays entitled The Director in the Company, which is part of an 8 volume series focused on North American Stage Directors. I am also working on a book length study of contemporary American theatre artist, Rinde Eckert.
Directing and Staging Theory; Pedagogy and Professional Development in Theatre and Performance Studies; Postmodern Theatre/Postmodern Theory; Staging Image and Text; Devising Theatre; Acting Principles; Brecht and the Brechtian Legacy; Performance Criticism.
Theatre History & Historiography, Directing, Native American drama, Outdoor Historical dramas, representations of American frontier mythology in performance
Book project: Looking at representations of Native American cultures, figures, and histories in outdoor historical dramas.
THFM 6620: Theories of Theatre and Performance (focus: Theatre & Performance Historiography, THFM 6820: Performance Theory and Practice (focus: Native American Drama and Performance), THFM 6840: Directed Readings (focus: Performing the Past)
Postwar American Cinema, Cinema and Urbanism and Architecture, War and Media Studies, Memory Studies
Dr. Rankin’s research focuses on cinematic representations of urbanism and architecture and war cinema and media. He is currently working on a monograph on representations of urban decline and renewal in New York City films of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s across Hollywood, independent, documentary and experimental films. Dr. Rankin is also developing projects on online war memorials and the role of film and television in shaping the Korean War in American collective memory.
THFM 2620: History of Film, THFM 2900: American Film Comedy, THFM 1610: Introduction to Film, THFM 2900: War Film
Department of World Languages and Cultures
Mexico, literature and culture in the 19th-21st centuries
- Ecocriticism -- 3 interrelated projects all on representations of land/society in different historical novels
- Mexican rebels/criminals in literature and popular culture/cultural imaginary -- a long-term, on-going project
Fall 2020: SPAN 2120 / SPAN 3510 / SPAN 4890 combined with 5800 "Hispanic Theater"
Spring 2021: SPAN 2120 / SPAN 3660 / course release for Grad Coordinator
Mentor Teaching: Available; courses offered in Spanish.
Improvisation; posthumanism, systems theory, cybernetics, theories of play; continental philosophy (Kant, Nietzsche, et al.), aesthetic theories, German literature and culture.
Critical Improvisation Studies. "Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism: Mind, Matter, and the Life Sciences Since Kant." (2018). "Play in the Age of Goethe and Today . (Forthcoming essay collection). Nietzsche's Posthumanism.
Graduate Seminars: GERM & PHIL 6800: Posthumanism after Kant / Nietzsche's Posthumanism / GERM 6800 & ACS 6820: Philosophies of Technology (Spring 2020).
Advanced ug courses: GERM & Phil 4800: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud / GERM 4800: Great Critics of Modernity Ug courses: Honors 2020: Great Ideas (Spring 2020). GERM 2150: German Culture and Civilization. GERM 2150: Contemporary Germany.
School of Art
History of Photography
Theory of Photography
History of Modern and Contemporary Art
Book on theories of photography for Wiley-Blackwell
ARTH 6060 "Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism"
ARTH 5690 "Critical Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art"
ARTH 5650 "Critical Issues in Art and Technologies"
Italian Renaissance art and culture; medieval and early modern history; somaesthetics; ritual theory and practice; patronage and politics; performance studies; viewers and vision; body studies; material culture; visuality
My book on "Somaesthetic Experience and the Viewer in Medicean Florence: Renaissance Art and Political Persuasion, 1450-1580" is forthcoming in late 2019/early 2020. I have another book on "Cosimo de'Medici, Fra Angelico, and the Public Library" that will be completed by Spring 2020. Several articles are forthcoming-- one on "Franciscan Art and Somaesthetic Devotion in the Italian Renaissance Holy Lands: Simming and the Production of Empathy at Varallo and San Vivaldo"; another on "
The Performative Viewer (cross-listed with WGSS); The Toledo (Ohio) Renaissance; Art, Performance, Ritual in Renaissance Florence (cross-listed with WGSS); Material Art History; Art History Methods and Theory; Italian Renaissance Art; Northern Renaissance Art; Baroque Art
School of Earth, Environment, and Society
Sustainability education, the environmental humanities, sustainability studies, place-based education, curriculum studies, outdoor education, autoethnography and personal narrative
I am currently working on a collaborative autoethnography project called "Lessons from a Collaborative Autoethnography in the Anthropocene" which explores the educational dimensions of lived experience while asking "does it make sense to think and act ecologically when it is already, in some sense, too late?"
ACS 6820/HIST 6800/SEES 6810 - Sustainability & You
ACS 6820/SEES 6810 - Sustainability: Place & Education
College of Music
Department of Musicology/Ethnomusicology
Popular music (U.S. and global), voice, disability studies
Co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies (released this summer), and also have a monograph in production with Oxford titled Multivocality: Singing on the Borders of Identity. The former is a transdisciplinary inquiry into the study and meanings of voice, from multiple humanistic and scientific perspectives. The latter focuses on singers' experiences of crossing "borders," and includes research in neoliberalism and voice, voice and disability, the experiences of d/Deaf singers, the experiences of transgender singers, voice and (im)migration, voice and religious conversion, singing impersonation, and the sale of human voices to digital sampling libraries.
MUCT 6280 (Problems and Techniques in Ethnomusicology); MUCT 6290 (Seminar in Ethnomusicology: Music and Disability Studies)
College of Education and Human Development
Department of Higher Education & Student Affairs
Social justice issues on college campuses; development and experiences of students with disabilities, socially just disability research; experiences of classified, administrative, and faculty women; gendered aspects of faculty service; diversity education; ally development; development and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual college students; qualitative research methodologies.
- gendered aspects of faculty service
- co-curricular involvement of undergraduate students with disability
- influence of residential experiences on undergraduate students with disabilities success in college
- paradigmatic and theoretical differences in disability research; Universal research design
- socially just and inclusive approaches to campus assessment efforts
- roles and experiences of classified (hourly) women staff in higher education
- career development patterns in women with long-term careers in higher education
CSP 6020 - Theory and Assessment of College Student Development CSP 6050 - Capstone Seminar CSP 6500 - Social Justice Education and Training CSP 6800 - UK Study Tour HIED 7000 - Professional Seminar in Higher Education HIED 7510 - Qualitative Problems & Methods in Higher Education HIED 7530 - Advanced Qualitative Problems & Methods in Higher Education II
School of Human Movement, Sport & Leisure Studies
School of Human Family and Consumer Sciences
Sociocultural aspects of built environment; sociology of space; building users' needs, culture, and activities; social design, organizational design; qualitative research methods.
Sociocultural issues of facilities planning; the social production of interiority; architects as social designers, the social design process, etc.
The MA Executive Committee
Dr. Robert Sloane
Dr. Jeff Brown
Dr. Vibha Bhalla
Dr. Melissa Miller
Graduate Representative: Justin Kindelt
Ph.D Executive Committee
Dr. Jolie Sheffer
Dr. Andrew Hershberger
Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback
Dr. Vikki Krane
Dr. Tim Messer-Kruse
Dr. Cynthia Baron
Graduate Representative: Tabetha Violet
CCS Graduate Student Council
1st year ACS MA – Dani Eafford
2nd year ACS MA – Rene Ayala
1st year ACS Ph.D – Marlena Graves and Dylan Miller
2nd year ACS Ph.D – Logan Johnson
3rd year ACS Ph.D – Robin Hershkowitz
4th year ACS Ph.D – Tabetha Violet
1st year POPC MA - Jaymen Neff-Strickland
2nd year POPC MA - Samantha Deckard
Ex Officio - Aurora Taylor