Faculty & Staff
As an interdisciplinary program, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty can be found all across the University! And we are always looking for new partners! If your research and teaching deals with women’s and gender issues, please look into becoming an Affiliated Faculty member.
Dr. Sandra Faulkner
Position: Director and Graduate Coordinator
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Address: 228 Shatzel Hall
In my research, writing, and advocacy about close relationships and relational communication, I incorporate theory and research from a variety of interpersonal, sexuality, health, feminist, and culture literatures to interrogate sexuality and identity. I focus on the role of culture and relational processes in discussions and discourse about sexuality and stigmatized identities in interpersonal relationships using qualitative and critical research methods. I am interested in how relational processes and goals influence disclosure decisions about sexual information and potentially stigmatizing identities, how the negotiation of identities influences relational health, how larger discourses surrounding identity influence and shape our relational experiences, and how we narrate and re-narrate our experiences for personal and social change.
Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback
Position: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with School of Cultural and Critical Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Address: 231 Shatzel Hall
My work is interdisciplinary and traverses the fields of Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, and Sexuality Studies.
Position: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with Romance and Classical Studies
Address: 210 Shatzel Hall
Professor Opportune Zongo is an Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and French at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, 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.
Dr. Jessica Birch
Position: Assistant Teaching Professor, 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.
If your research and teaching deals with women’s and gender issues, we invite you to fill out the Affiliated Faculty Application. All applications will be reviewed by the steering committee. Please direct any questions about affiliated status to Director Sandra Faulkner.
College of Arts and Sciences
American Culture Studies Program
Radhika Gajjala - Professor
Department of English
Bill Albertini - Associate Professor
Khani Begum - Associate Professor
Ellen Berry - Professor Emeritus
Kim Coates - Associate Professor
Rona Klein - Teaching Professor Emeritus
Piya Pal Lapinski - Associate Professor
Lee Nickoson - Professor
Jolie Sheffer - Associate Professor
Sue Carter Wood - Associate Professor
Department of History
Lilian Ashcraft-Eason - Professor Emeritus
Casey M. Stark - Assistant Teaching Professor
University Writing Program
Cynthia Mahaffey - Teaching Professor
School of Art
Allie Terry-Fritsch - Associate Professor
College of Business
Department of Legal Studies
Nancy Kubasek - Professor
College of Education and Human Development
School of Counseling and Special Education
Peterann Siehl - Emeritus Associate Professor
Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs
Ellen Broido - Professor
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Elizabeth Holman - Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
College of Musical Arts
College of Health and Human Services
Position: Administrative Assistant to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Address: 227 Shatzel Hall
Position: Graduate Program Secretary to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Address: 101 East Hall
Dee Dee Wentland
Position: Senior Secretary to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Address: 228 Shatzel Hall