“I am international student from India and I joined the ACS program at BGSU because I found faculty members interested in my research area. A couple of semesters into my time here, I found out that the program is consistently rated one of the best in American studies, so that was a pleasant surprise! My research topic has changed considerably since I joined the ACS program almost three years ago and the ways in which I think about it has diversified so much that I can sincerely repeat the cliché that ACS has helped me grow as a researcher and a scholar. The best thing about this program is the friends and connections I made, among the students and faculty, whose warmth keeps me going in a cold Northwest Ohio.”
-Aju James, Ph.D student
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.
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.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate Institution and Degree: Washington University in St. Louis: BA-Philosophy
Research Interests: American Intellectual History, Modernism, Pragmatism, Film, Aesthetics
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Hometown: Rochester, MI
Undergrad/Grad Institutions and Degrees: B.A., English, Ferris State University; M.A., Literature, Eastern Michigan University
Research Interests: Queer & Gender Studies; Ethnic Studies; Suburban Studies; Feminist Pedagogy
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.
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"
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Hometown: Augusta, Maine via Valdosta, Georgia
Undergraduate Institution and Degree: University of Maine at Augusta, Liberal Studies B.A. with minors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and American Studies
Graduate Institution and Degree: University of Maine Orono, English M.A. with concentration in Gender Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Specialization
Current Research/Dissertation topic: Motherhood, specifically “bad” mothers in popular culture
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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