Emily received a B.A. in English from Bowling Green State University in the spring of 2019 and is thrilled to continue her educational journey at her alma mater as an M.A. student in the Literary and Textual Studies program. Literature has always been one of her greatest passions, and she hopes to inspire a similar fervor in the scholars that come after her to promote a continuous cycle of learning and growth. She enjoys studying mythology and legend; in particular, she is fascinated by the way both have shaped literature over the centuries. Her other favorite pastimes include writing, analyzing films from a literary standpoint, and playing video games.
Diana Celeste Etain is a student in the MA in Literary and Textual Studies Program. She graduated from The University of Alabama (UA) in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to enrolling at UA, she earned an Associate of Arts degree from Gadsden State Community College where she also assisted in the advising office. Her undergraduate thesis explored the essay genre as a type of haunting. Her research interests include the Gothic genre, gender and queer studies, and ecocriticism. She’s also pursuing a certificate in TESOL alongside her literature degree. Her goal is continue to a PhD program upon graduation.
A Mississippi native, Consuela Jones received her BA in English Literature from Alcorn State University. After her participation in the Ronald L. McNair program, she decided to pursue a graduate education. She is currently pursuing her MA in Literary and Textual Studies from Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include African diasporic fiction, queer theory, and black feminist thought.
Britt Seese is a second year MA Textual and Literary Studies Student here at BGSU. He graduated from BGSU in 2019 with a BA in English. His research interests include, but are not limited to these areas of studies: Masculinity studies, criminality in literature (fiction and nonfiction), queer theory/literature, intersectional feminist studies, and storytelling in video games. In his non-academic spare time, you will often find him playing video games, writing and reading fanfiction, and listening to his eclectic music playlist, which ranges from French alternative pop and rock, vaporwave, EDM, classical/choral arrangements, and indie rock.
Abi Walters is from Willard, Ohio. She has a BS in Healthcare and Administration Management from Colorado State University. Her research focuses on visual culture studies and the Middle Ages. She currently works at the library as the Graduate Archival Assistant and a University Library Ambassador. Her non-academic interests include anime/manga, hiking, and theme parks. Ay Ziggy Zoomba!
First Year Students
Tooba Amin (she/her)
Address: East Hall
I received my bachelor's degree in English literature from Aligarh Muslim University in India with Economics and Linguistics as my minors. In my final year, I worked as a content writer and continued that throughout the lockdown period in India. I love to indulge in young-Adult fiction, k-dramas, and painting occasionally. I have always been a small-town girl, so moving to Bowling Greens does not seem intimidating.
Oluwatobi Idowu (Tobi Idowu) received his BA in English from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. After completing his national youth service (for Nigerian graduates) at Guardian Newspapers, Nigeria as Arts and Culture reporter, he worked as a Literature teacher in a high school; then proceeded to edit literary manuscripts for Kraft Books Ltd, one of Nigeria's leading publishing firms.
His research interests among others include African literatures, Postcolonial studies, Comparative literatures, African contemporary popular cultures (Nollywood, Afrobeats...) and digital humanities.
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kennedy Lomont received her Bachelors degree in English from the University of Saint Francis. A student in the Masters degree program, she hopes to successfully instruct undergraduates as a teaching assistant. While she hasn’t had much academic publishing experience yet, you can often find her furiously searching for articles on JSTOR. Outside of the classroom Kennedy enjoys singing, reading, and showing off pictures of her dog.
Paul Viafranco (he/him/his)
Address: East Hall
As a Hispanic first-generation nontraditional student, I come from a variance of Latino cultures: Mexican, Mexican American, Spanish, and Guatemalan. I am interested in removing the linguistic barriers which can prohibit certain students from embracing, or understanding epistemologies, which value their own thought processes. For this reason, I am also interested in studying neologisms, code switching, the progression of slang, and Standard Language Ideology, so that I can give back to the very communities from which I have come, by lending their words credence, and by extending academic knowledge to them in terms that are more accessible. By harmonizing and synthesizing the intellectual properties of both academic and colloquial language, I mean not only to study the relationships of power and language between these communities but fuse them into a new dialectic which erodes long standing fissures between class, race, and culture.
Address: East Hall
Dr. Stephannie Gearhart, Chair (she/her/hers) English Department Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, OH 43403