Faculty & Staff

Angela Nelson

Dr. Angela Nelson

Position: Director, School of Cultural and Critical Studies; Chair and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Ethnic Studies
Phone: 419-372-0284
Email: anelson@bgsu.edu
Address: 249 Shatzel Hall

Angela Nelson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Popular Culture within the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her current teaching and research focuses on black cultural production including the intersections of aesthetics, gender, race, performance, and religion with African American music, stage plays, and representations of African Americans in postwar and contemporary comic art and television. Dr. Nelson has edited “This Is How We Flow”: Rhythm in Black Cultures (1999), co-edited Popular Culture Theory and Methodology: A Basic Introduction (2006), and published several articles and book chapters on different aspects of 20th and 21st century African American popular culture. Currently, she is examining the role and significance of Gospelwomen, or nationally performing Black female Gospel singers, such as Shirley Caesar, Mahalia Jackson, and CeCe Winans.

Research Interests:
20th and 21st Century African-American Popular Culture
African-American Sacred Music and Secular Music (Popular)
Religion and Black Popular Culture


Ph.D., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
M.M., Music Education, Bowling Green State University
B.M., Music Education, Converse College

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Vibha Bhalla

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7121
Email: vibhab@bgsu.edu
Address: 244 Shatzel Hall

Vibha's research interests focus on gender, migration, and urban studies.  She is currently working on her book manuscript tracing the migration and settlement of Indian immigrants in metropolitan Detroit.

Ph.D, History-Urban Studies, Michigan State University

Jessica Birch

Jessica Birch

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, Ethnic Studies and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 419-372-7610
Email: jebirch@bgsu.edu
Address: 239 Shatzel

Jessica Birch is an instructor in Ethnic Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexualtiy Studies.
Prior to coming to BGSU she taught at Case Western Reserve University, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University South Bend, and Purdue University.
Her teaching and research focus on how cultural narratives justify and perpetuate social inequality, using the theoretical lenses of feminist theory, critical race theory, critical pedagogy, and cultural studies. She is particularly interested in the intersections among these areas, and her current research project examines the vampire in literature within the paradigm of dominant neoliberal discourse.

Ph.D. American Studies with a focus in Theory and Cultural Studies, Purdue University
Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Purdue University
M.A. English, Indiana University South Bend
B.G.S. with a focus in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Indiana University South Bend

Recent Publications:
“Love, Labor, and Lorde: The Tools My Grandmother Gave Me.” Introductory Women’s and Gender Studies Reader. Ed. L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara Shaw, and Heather Rellihan. Oxford University Press, 2017. (forthcoming)
“The Appropriation of the Gothic in Charlaine Harris’ Dead Until Dark.” Gothic and Racism. Ed. Cristina Artenie. Montreal: Universitas Press, 2015.
“From Vampires to Zombies: The Revisionist Recreation of I Am Legend.” The Supernatural Revamped: From Timeworn Legends to 21st Century Chic. Ed. Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015.
“Gender as Institution.” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ed. John Michael Ryan. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
“Exploitation by Invitation.” Race in the Vampire Narrative. Ed. U. Melissa Anyiwo. Boston: Sense Publishers, 2015.

Courses taught at BGSU:
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women of Color in the U.S.
Contemporary Issues in Native American Studies

Tom Edge

Thomas Edge

Position: Associate Teaching Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Phone: 419-372-7134
Email: tjedge@bgsu.edu
Address: 238 Shatzel Hall

I have been an instructor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at BGSU since August 2011.  Prior to coming to Bowling Green, I taught at Northwestern University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Elms College, and Trinity College.  My undergraduate work was completed at Rutgers University in History and Africana Studies; I received my Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts in 2008.  At UMass, my dissertation was a biography of Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, the first Black president of Howard University in Washington, D.C.  It focused upon his efforts to run a historically-Black university, largely based on financial support from the government, without sacrificing his independent political voice.  

Every time I teach an introductory class in African American Studies, I tell my students that reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X in high school sparked my interest in Black history.  Since that time, I have become particularly interested in questions of Black leadership, the long civil rights movement, Black higher education, and the ideas of "post-racial" and "post-civil rights" as applied to our current historical moment.  Recently, I have been working on revising my dissertation for future publication, and I am researching racial violence in the "post-racial" age, especially the rise of neo-lynching imagery.  Some of my previous work has been published in the Journal of Black Studies, The Black Experience in America (edited by Gayle Tate and Edward Ramsamy), and Barack Obama: Political Frontiers and Racial Agency (edited by Molefi Asante and Ama Mazama).  

Outside of school, I am married and have one daughter.  I am an avid Philadelphia sports fan and a proud New Jersey native.  When I am not grading papers, reading, or writing, I also enjoy genealogy and graveyard photography. 

Sri Menon

Sridevi Menon

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7119
Email: smenon@bgsu.edu
Address: 230 Shatzel Hall

Prof. Menon’s areas of specialization include diaspora and cultural studies, colonialism, discourses of empire and nation, and global perspectives of ethnic/racial identity formation. Currently her research interests focus on the racial politics and welfare capitalism of company towns; global economies of expatriate labor; ethnographic mediations of memory and history; and transnational sites of ethnic and historical remembering. She is the author of "Where is West Asia in Asian America?", ‘Asia’ and the Politics of Space in Asian America,” (Social Text 86; Spring 2006), "Reading with Edward Said: Representation and Other Disquieting Gestures," (Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 11, nos. 1-2; 2004), and "Disrupting Asian America: South Asian American Histories as Strategic Sites of Narration," in Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 31, no. 3). Prof. Menon is currently working on an ethnographic study of Indians who migrated to Borneo in the 1940s-60s to work for Shell Petroleum Company. Her essay, “Narrating Brunei: Travelling Histories of Brunei Indians” in Modern Asian Studies (online December 2014) draws on this research on the Indian expatriate communities in the company towns of Borneo.

Ph.D. in American Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.


Timothy Messer-Kruse

Position: Professor
Phone: 419-372-6056
Email: tmesser@bgsu.edu
Address: 344 Shatzel Hall

Timothy Messer-Kruse specializes in critical race theory and American social and cultural history. He is the author of many books and articles that explore the complicated role of racism in the American labor, Marxist and anarchist movements. His essays regularly appear in national publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Jacobin, Counterpunch, Fifth Estate, and Against the Current. His most recent article, "Andrew Johnson: White Labor's President," appeared in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly in 2019. Messer-Kruse is currently working on reexamining the nature of the white abolitionist movement during the American Revolution.

Ph.D. in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Luis Moreno

Luis Moreno

Position: Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-2680
Email: lmoreno@bgsu.edu
Address: 339 Shatzel Hall

I’m one of the few in the nation to receive a Ph.D. in Chicano/Latino Studies. My overall research and teaching examines the intersections between labor, migration, and activism among the Chicano/Latino communities in the U.S. Borderlands.

My focus is to educate students and the community about the importance of Chicano/Latino history through counter-narratives, archives and activism. My research within the field of Chicano/Latino Studies has focused on labor, migration, and activism histories. This focus has led me to conduct research on the history of working-class Chicana/os in California, especially the counter-narratives of farm workers, families, union organizers, and community activists who struggled for a better quality of life.

I’m currently working on the following research projects; “Where Are All Of The Latina/os?: Teaching Latina/o Studies In The Midwest” (book chapter, revising, White Washing American Education: The New Culture Wars in Ethnic Studies, ABC-CLIO) reflects on my experience teaching Latina/o Studies at a white institution of higher learning in the Midwest and Searching For Memories In La Colonia: Migration, Labor, And Activism In Oxnard, California, 1930-1980 (manuscript, in progress) focuses on the intersections between labor and migration in the development of the Mexican neighborhood in Oxnard, California. In addition, I’m developing a new research project entitled, The Struggles To Organize Packinghouse & Agricultural Workers: The United Packinghouse Workers Of America (UPWA) Local 78 in Southern California.

My teaching methods and strategies are based on a critical dialogue between students and teacher. In the classroom, students will read, discuss, analyze the course materials which are composed of articles, lectures, group presentations, and books focusing on the past, present, and future issues facing their communities and lives. The goal of these teaching methods and strategies are to develop the students’ critical thinking, rhetoric, and writing skills in order to be successful within and outside of the classroom.

In addition, my research and teaching have benefited from my participation in a numerous of grass-root and non-profit organizations in California, Michigan, and Ohio. This experience has influenced the foundation of my understanding of the world around us, especially the Chicano/Latino experience. As a member of this diverse community, I have the opportunity to utilize my organizing experience within my academic writings, research, and teaching.

Ph.D. Chicano/Latino Studies, Michigan State University (2012)

M.A. Chicana and Chicano Studies, California State University, Northridge (2007)

B.A. Chicana/o Studies, San Diego State University (1999)

Courses Taught:
ETHN 1010 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ETHN 1100 – Introduction to Latina/o Studies
ETHN 2110 – History of Mexican Americans
ETHN 3100 – Mexican Culture
ETHN 3120 – Chicana/os in the United States
ETHN 3300 – Race and Labor in the United States
ETHN 4200 – Latina/o Cultural Studies
ETHN 4700 – Directed Readings in Ethnic Studies
ETHN 4800 – Latina/o Educational Pipeline

Susana Pena

Susana Peña

Position: Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
Phone: 419-372-2796
Email: susanap@bgsu.edu
Address: 250 Shatzel Hall

Dr. Peña is on faculty leave for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Susana Peña is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her research focuses on sexuality and gender among U.S. Latino/a populations.  Her book Oye Loca: From the Mariel Boatlift to Gay Cuban Miami (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) was chosen as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Studies category.  Her work has also been published in Gender & History, Journal of the History of Sexuality, and the Cuban journal Temas. She received a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science Research Council’s Sexuality Research Fellowship Program. 


Michelle Stokely

Position: Assistant Teaching Professor
Phone: 419-372-7576
Email: mstokel@bgsu.edu
Address: 233 Shatzel Hall


Michaela Walsh

Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-7118
Email: walshmd@bgsu.edu
Address: 235 Shatzel


Amy Davidson

Position: Administrative Assistant to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Phone: 419-372-6525
Email: amyd@bgsu.edu
Address: 227 Shatzel Hall

DeeDee Wentland

Dee Dee Wentland

Position: Senior Secretary to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Phone: 419-372-2796
Email: dwentla@bgsu.edu
Address: 228 Shatzel Hall


Beka Patterson

Position: Graduate Secretary for the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Phone: 419-372-8886
Email: rpatter@bgsu.edu
Address: 105 East Hall