Core Faculty


Sandra Faulkner

Position: Director and Graduate Coordinator
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Phone: 419-372-1998
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.

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Julie Haught

Position: Senior Lecturer, Joint appointment with English
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English
Phone: 419-372-0587
Address: 413 East Hall

M.A. Miami University, Ohio

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Sarah Rainey

Position: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with School of Cultural and Critical Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Phone: 419-372-6949
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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Opportune Zongo

Position: Associate Professor, Joint Appointment with Romance and Classical Studies
Phone: 419-372-7396
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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Diana DePasquale

Position: Instructor, Ethnic Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 419-372-7120
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.

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Jessica Birch

Jessica Birch

Position: Instructor, Ethnic Studies and Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 419-372-7610
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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