Dr. Angela Nelson
Position: Chair and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Ethnic Studies
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.
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
Position: Associate Professor
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
Position: Instructor, Ethnic Studies and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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
“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
Position: Instructor, Ethnic Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Address: 229 Shatzel Hall
Diana DePasquale is an instructor in the Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies departments located within the School of Cultural & Critical Studies. She is an alumna of Rutgers University’s Douglass College, where she completed her B.A. in American Studies. Currently a doctoral candidate in BGSU’s American Culture Studies program, Diana earned her M.A. in American Culture Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from BGSU in 2012.
Diana teaches ETHN1010, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, WS2000, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and ETHN3030, Race, Representation, and Culture. In previous years she has taught courses offered through the Popular Culture and American Culture Studies departments such as Cultural Pluralism in the U.S. and Bisexuality in Film and Television.
Diana has been published in Studies in American Humor, and online at In Media Res. She is also a proud winner of The Moth Story Slam in Detroit. Currently, Diana is crushing (academically) on Slavoj Žižek and working her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Diana’s doctoral dissertation “Stealing or Sharing: Gender, Politics, and Perceptions of Digital Piracy” examines the experiences of those who upload and download television shows as acts of political resistance, bringing media studies into conversation with cultural and gender studies. The ways in which we watch television continues to change in our increasingly mediated social environments. Opportunities to steal, alter, and mashup digital content are increasing, and online spaces are emerging as sites of political resistance and alternative informal economies. It is important for feminist and cultural studies scholars to better understand how gender, race, and class impact participation in digital media, including file-sharing and piracy.
Phone: 419-372-7134; Fax: 419-372-0330
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.
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7119; Fax: 419-372-0330
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.
Phone: 419-372-6056; Fax: 419-372-0330
Address: 344 Shatzel Hall
Though his Ph.D. is in American History, Timothy Messer-Kruse has always pursued an intense interest in issues of racism and ethnicity. As an undergrad he majored in South Asian Studies. While still in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Timothy Messer-Kruse exposed the active role of the Ku Klux Klan on campus in the 1920's in a prize-winning article. His dissertation explored the dynamics of race and gender in the first Marxist movement in American, the First International.
Messer-Kruse is the author of six books, including Race Relations in the United States: 1980-2000 and has contributed to many journals and magazines including Race Traitor, CounterPunch, Fifth Estate and Against the Current. His most recent publications include "Humor and the Policing of the Boundaries of Racial Science," New York History: A Quarterly Journal, (Winter 2015), and "Racial Proxies in Daily News: A Case Study of the Use of Directional Euphemisms," Digital Humanities Quarterly, (Dec. 2016). He is currently working on a textbook for use in introductory courses in Ethnic Studies that will be available in July of 2017.
Ph.D. in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phone: 419-372-2680; Fax: 419-372-0330
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)
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
Position: Director, School of Cultural & Critical Studies and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies
Phone: 419-372-2796; Fax: 419-372-0330
Address: 232 Shatzel Hall
Susana Peña is Director of School of Cultural and Critical Studies and 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.
Address: 233 Shatzel Hall
Position: Assistant Professor
Address: 235 Shatzel