Current Students

Amelia Amedela Amemate
University of Ghana, BA Political Science with Archaeology
Research Interests: Women’s issues, Immigration, Social Justice, African identity, American Development History, Historical African Cultures and Africa’s Development Issues.

Nicholas Clark
Hometown: New Castle, DE.
Undergraduate Institution and Degree: High Point University , BA- English/Literature and Secondary Education
Research Interests: Monstrosity, Dinosaurs in popular culture, Biocultural Critique, Evolutionary Studies, Speculative Fiction in Literature and Film, Video Games, Anime and Manga.

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

Christina Jones

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Undergraduate Institution and Degree: University of Michigan-Dearborn - BA-History, Minor-Philosophy
Research Interests: Mid-20th Century American Cultural History, Women's History, Consumer Culture, Popular Music, Etiquette, History of Comedy/Humor

Nicole Cordier
Clelly Johnson
Keisuke Kimura
Meg Lemoine
Kathryne Metcalf
Tyler Wertsch

 

 

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.

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

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

Courtney Bliss
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A. ,Speech and Hearing Science, The Ohio State University; M.A., Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests: Popular Culture, Comic Studies, Disability Studies, Deaf Culture, Fandom Studies

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.

Elizabeth Brownlow
Hometown: Perrin, TX
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English, Tarleton State University; M.A., English, Texas Woman's University
Research Interests: The Bad Feminism Movement; Identity, Performativity, & Stigma; Television Studies; Southern American Literature, Culture, & Folklore; Reception Theory; Affect Theory; Rhetorical Narrative Theory; Writing Center Theory & Practice; Public Scholarship

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.

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

Adam Cohen
Hometown: Long Island, NY
B.A. and M.A., English Literature, Criticism and Analysis, Hunter College
Research Interests: Social identity in comic books and pop culture, Performativity and spectacle in mass media, Consumerism and Neoliberalism in the United States

Elizabeth Collins
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
B.A., English and Anthropology, University of Northern Iowa, Minors in Creative Writing and Film Studies;
M.A., English, University of Northern Iowa
Research Interests: Film History, Television, Comedy, Local and Public History

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

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.

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.

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

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"

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

Jacqueline Hudson
Hometown: Pascagoula, MS
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.S., Mass Communications, Jackson State University; M.A., Arts Management, Columbia College Chicago
Research Interests: black music, music history, cultural appropriation, popular culture and black studies

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

Becky Jenkins

Hometown: Lucasville, Ohio
Undergrad: Miami University: Organizational Leadership / Visual Media Culture
MA: BGSU: ACS and Public History (Certificate)
PhD: ACS and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Certificate)
Research Interests: My interests lie at the intersection of history and culture, especially those stories that have been erased, white-washed, overlooked, or forgotten because of race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Dissertation research is a feminist reading of the relationship between women and Major League Baseball, and of baseball as an American cultural institution / mirror of the larger American society.

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.

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

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

Kathleen Kollman
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Communication Arts, University of Dayton; M.A., English, Wright State University; Graduate Certificates, Women's Studies and Instructional Design, Wright State University; M.F.A., Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University.
Research Interests: science fiction film, television, and literature; depictions of gender in popular media and music; steampunk and time travel fiction writing as forms of intersectional feminist reclamation of erasure from privileged historical record.

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.

Michail-Chrysovalantis Markodimitrakis

Hometown: Iraklion of Crete, Greece
2014, B.A. in English Language and Literature, Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece
2016, MA in English with a Specialization in Literary and Textual Studies, Bowling Green State University
Research interests: the Gothic, Graphic Novels, Adaptation Theory, Postmodernism, Theatre of the Absurd, Symbolism, Propaganda in literary works, Science Fiction, Intermodality and Intermediality, Decadence, Psychogeography, Neoliberalism, Children's Literature, Nonsense Fiction, Minorities, Violence, Sociolinguistics, Semiotics.

Clitha Mason

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois (Bronzeville)
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: Short-subject documentary film and video; digital humanities; archival studies; fatness studies; Black and queer bodies in popular culture; inner city studies; Chicago’s historic Bronzeville Community; music and celebrity; fashion and style.
Dissertation Topic: The Social History of Chicago’s Historic Bronzeville Community 1980-2000-told through oral histories.

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: I explore the relationship between individuals who self-identify as having a body size, shape, and/or weight which falls outside socially constructed norms for bodies and popular culture using ethnographic methods including interviews and qualitative analysis of surveys.

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

Brendan Pelto

Undergrad/Grad Institution and Degrees: Michigan Technological University BA History BS Anthropology/MS Industrial Archaeology
Research Interests: Ethnicity, Race and Gender in American Labor and Material Culture during the industrial evolutions. Industrial ruination and placemaking. Archaeology of race/ethnicity/gender and Childhood. Contemporary issues of ethnicity, race, gender, and social identity and public policy surrounding the same.

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

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.

Martin Shafer
Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
B.A., Communication, Oakland University
M.A., Communication, Oakland University
Research Interests: youth subcultures, cultural studies, mass communication, race, gender, video games, popular music, skateboarding

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

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

Thi Hai Ly Tran

Hometown: Vietnam
Undergraduate Institutions: Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Bachelor's Degree in English.
Graduate Institutions: Vietnam National University, 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

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

Tabetha Violet
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A English, Miami University, B.A. Literature, Eastern Michigan University
Research Interests: (Dis)ability studies, cultural trauma, post colonial studies, diaspora, migration, and higher education

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 Certificate, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests: National imaginaries, travel and tourism, disability studies, 20th century literature and film

Brock Webb

Hometown: It's Complicated
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., Sociology with Honors, Grinnell College; M.A., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University (BGSU); Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, BGSU.
Research Interests: Social systems theory; poststructural social theory; digital cultures; gaming and social identities; consent as a social communicative system; social identities and science fiction; social movements and social change; power, resistance, and state-sponsored violence.

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