Alumni Spotlight


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David Moody, 2010 PhD (Critical Studies in Film, Media and Culture track)
Assistant Professor/ Department of Communication Studies, State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY) 2010-present

"The ACS program encourages students to become critical thinkers. Additionally, the program opened the door for me to explore and question concepts pertaining to race/ ethnicity, social and cultural theory, privilege and voice. Moreover, as a student of the program, I had the opportunity to examine how these issues affect the formation of identities in America and across the globe."

An Nguyen

An Tuan Nguyen, 2013 PhD  (Ethnic/Gender Studies and Social Identities track)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, DELPS, University of Houston

“I came to American Culture Studies in 2003 for a Master’s degree and decided to return to it for a PhD in 2009. I always love the Program and its people. Being a strong example of a successful interdisciplinary program, ACS offers a variety of courses and flexibility of academic approaches that have helped me maximize my potential and become successful in my field. If I were to begin my doctoral degree again, I would definitely still go back to ACS.”

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Kelly Watson, 2010 PhD
Assistant Professor of History, Avila University - Kansas City, MO

"The best aspect of the ACS program, in my opinion, is the diversity of experiences available to its students. Not only can you take classes from and work with faculty across campus, but there are also numerous assistantship opportunities to explore based on your interests. I had the opportunity to work with faculty in Ethnic Studies, History, English, Political Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. I was able to teach courses within the ACS and History. I feel strongly that my grounded interdisciplinary experience set me apart from other scholars and has been instrumental in getting me to where I am today."

Colin Helb

Colin Helb, 2009 PhD (Critical Studies in Film, Media, and Culture)
Assistant Professor, Department of Communications, Elizabethtown College

"ACS at BGSU was the perfect fit for me, and I think I was a pretty good fit for it. Though my own research does gravitate towards popular music, I am a proud cultural generalist. I wear "a mile wide, and an inch deep" emblazoned across my chest with pride. Interdisciplinarity is such a buzz concept on college campuses these days; particularly small campuses on which professors have to wear a wide variety of hats. The firmly interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture at BGSU, a proud and important legacy of Dr. Ray B. Browne, prepared me for my current activities."

Tamara Serrano

Tamara Serrano, 2009 MA
Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Wayne State University

"I've always had a passion for Multicultural Affairs and ACS allowed me to truly understand and apply many of the theories and practices associated with cultural, ethnic and gender studies. Conversations around identity development, access to educational resources and community empowerment are a daily professional and personal occurrence for me and through my experiences with courses, professors and peers in the ACS program I feel I have the intellectual capacity to engage in these conversations and also help guide and empower future generations of Latinos/as and communities of color."

Mark Rice

Mark Rice, 1993 MA
Professor and Chair, American Studies at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York

"BGSU was a good fit for me. I was an MA student from 1991 to 1993, having entered a year after returning from two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. I'm originally from Washington state but I met a woman from Minnesota who was also in the Peace Corps and we decided to build a life together after our return to the U.S. She, too, is now a professor; we chose Bowling Green because it had programs for both of us (she earned her MFA in Creative Writing) and we graduated well prepared for the next steps in our lives..
To be honest, I really didn't know exactly what American Culture Studies was all about since it didn't exist at my undergraduate college. (My undergraduate degree was in Psychology.) However, its interdisciplinary nature and its focus on American culture were exactly what I felt I needed to help me better understand what it meant to be an American in the global environment of the late twentieth century. My main advisor while at Bowling Green was Bill Grant; his gruff demeanor wasn't at all threatening to me. In fact, he was wonderfully supportive of my interests (my thesis ended up being on Native American autobiographies) and he helped steer me toward the right faculty members in different departments who could help shape my diffuse interests into something at least somewhat coherent. I remember that among the courses I took were: American Social History, Race and Ethnic Relations, Intercultural Rhetoric, Hegemony and Identity, American Individualism, American Colonial History, Indians in American Culture, American Literature, 1730-1830.
At the end our time at Bowling Green, my by-then-wife and I planned to go to Xian, China, to teach for a year. That fell through, though, when my wife had a bit of a health scare. So, after graduating we found ourselves with a year to kill before starting our Ph.D. programs. We ended up managing a resort in northern Idaho (it's a long story) until we left for Honolulu in 1994. We're now both tenured Full Professors with two kids living in a big old Victorian house just a block from the Erie Canal."