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

My work is interdisciplinary and traverses the fields of Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, and Sexuality Studies. 

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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

M.A. Miami University, Ohio

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Opportune Zongo

Opportune Zongo

Position: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with Romance and Classical Studies
Phone: 419-372-7396
Email: ozongo@bgsu.edu
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.

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Jessica Birch

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

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.

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

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

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

Department of Popular Culture
Jeffrey Brown - Professor
Becca Cragin - 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

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 - Assistant 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


Amy Davidson

Position: Administrative Assistant to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Phone: 419-372-2796
Email: amyd@bgsu.edu
Address: 227 Shatzel Hall


Beka Patterson

Position: Graduate Program Secretary to the School of Cultural and Critical Studies
Phone: 419-372-8886
Email: rpatter@bgsu.edu
Address: 101 East 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


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