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.

Sarah Rainey

Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback

  • Position: Director and Graduate Coordinator, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies;
    Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with School of Cultural and Critical Studies
  • Phone: 419-372-6949
  • Email: sasarah@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 231 Shatzel Hall
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Julie Haught

  • Position: Teaching Professor, Joint appointment with English
    Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English
  • Phone: 419-372-0587
  • Email: julieah@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 413 East Hall
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Opportune Zongo

  • Position: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with Romance and Classical Studies
  • Phone: 419-372-7396
  • Email: ozongo@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 210 Shatzel Hall
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Dr. 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

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 Sarah Rainey-Smithback


College of Arts and Sciences

American Culture Studies Program
Radhika Gajjala - Professor

Department of English
Bill Albertini - 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 - Professor
Sue Carter Wood - Associate Professor

Department of Ethnic Studies
Vibha Bhalla - Associate Professor 
Susana Peña - Associate Professor

Department of History
Lilian Ashcraft-Eason - Professor Emeritus
Casey M. Stark - Associate Teaching Professor

Department of Political Science
Melissa Miller - Professor
Shannon Orr - Professor

Department of Popular Culture
Jeffrey Brown - Professor
Becca Cragin - Associate Professor
Angela Nelson - Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
Sherona Garrett-Ruffin - Teaching Professor

Department of Sociology
Kei Nomaguchi - Professor
Laura Sanchez - Professor

Department of Theatre and Film
Angela Ahlgren - Associate Professor
Cynthia Baron - Professor
Lesa Lockford - Professor
Heidi L. Nees - Assistant Professor

Department of World Languages and Cultures
Beatrice Guenther - Associate Professor
Christina Guenther - Professor
Valeria Grinberg Pla - Professor
Remy Attig - Assistant Professor

University Writing Program
Cynthia Mahaffey - Teaching Professor

School of Media and Communication
Sandra Faulkner - Professor
Ellen Gorsevski - Associate Professor
Lara Lengel - Professor
Lisa Hanasono - Associate Professor
Lori Liggett - Teaching Professor

School of Art
Allie Terry-Fritsch - Associate Professor


Schmidthorst College of Business

Department of Legal Studies
Nancy Kubasek - Professor


College of Education and Human Development

School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies 
Vikki Krane - Professor
Nancy Spencer - Associate Professor

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 - Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies


College of Musical Arts

Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory
Mary Natvig - Professor
Sidra Lawrence- Assistant Professor


College of Health and Human Services

Department of Human Services
Nancy Orel - Professor Emeritus
Wendy K. Watson - Associate Professor


Center for Public Impact

V. Rosser - Director

Center for Women and Gender Equity

Mary Krueger - Emerita
Kacee Snyder - Director


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Amy Davidson

  • Position: Administrative Assistant to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
  • Phone: 419-372-2796
  • Email: amyd@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 232 Shatzel Hall
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Beka Patterson

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

  • Position: Senior Secretary to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
  • Phone: 419-372-2796
  • Email: dwentla@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 227 Shatzel Hall

2022-2023

  • Sarah Smith Rainey-Smithback (Director)
  • Julie Haught (Core Faculty)
  • Sandra Faulkner (Affiliated Faculty)
  • Ellen Gorsevski (Affiliated Faculty)
  • Sidra Lawrence (Affiliated Faculty)
  • Debipreeta Rahut (Grad Student)
  • Loni Stouffer (Grad Student)
  • Kayleigh Norris (Undergrad Student)

Updated: 09/29/2022 04:11PM