Staff & Board

ICS Staff

Jolie A. Sheffer | Director

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I am an associate professor of English and American Culture Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Bowling Green State University. My scholarship centers on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in twentieth-century American literature and popular culture. My book, The Romance of Race: Incest, Miscegenation, and Multiculturalism in the United States, 1880-1930, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2013. My current research is on competing notions of community and identity in contemporary U.S. culture. I regularly teach courses in American literature and popular culture since the Civil War, multiethnic American literature, American Studies, and literary theory and cultural studies. Click here and here to see my students’ digital humanities work.

Elizabeth Brownlow | Graduate Research Assistant
Elizabeth Brownlow
I am a third-year student in the American Culture Studies PhD program. Prior to attending BGSU, I received my MA in English from Texas Women's University and taught First Year Composition. My research interests include popular television, reality television, narrative depictions of marginalized identities, and sites of contradicting identity in Feminist movements. My current research explores "Bad Feminist Moments" as an example of contemporary issues with Feminist identity and group belonging. When not studying, I enjoy baking, playing with my cat, and taking long walks.

Bincy Abdul Samad | Graduate Research Assistant

I am a doctoral student in the American Culture Studies program at Bowling Green State University. I received my MA in English Literature and Writing from Kent State University. As a Teaching Assistant, I have experience teaching, “American Culture Studies 2500: Cultural Pluralism in the United States” and “Introduction to Cultural Pluralism in the United States” at BGSU. My research interests include memory studies, postcolonial studies, globalization, and transnational studies. In my dissertation, I examine the transformation of civilizational memory in the aftermath of the destruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria. Outside of teaching and learning, I enjoy sharing my experiences as a global woman. I am one of the founding members of the “Transnational Reading and Working Group” (TRSWG) at Kent State University, and also a community member involved in volunteering for projects related to women. I was also the president of the student organization, BGSU Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars Association for the 2016-2017 academic year. Last but not least, I love reading Dan Brown’s novels and spending time with my family.

Strati Moustakeas | Senior Intern
Strati Moustakeas

I am a fifth-year undergraduate student majoring in Journalism and Public Relations with an interdepartmental minor in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. I have a passion for the news and media and am looking forward to pursuing a career in that field once I graduate. With my free time, I enjoy keeping up with the news, traveling and most importantly, spending time with my family.


Tyler Weber | Senior Intern
Tyeler Weber

I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Graphic Design, with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL). My research interests center around the concepts of geopolitical discourse and art. In my free time I enjoy watching documentaries and listening to podcasts and music, as well as drawing, printmaking, designing, and volunteering.


Olivia Davis | Intern
Olivia Davis
I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Media Studies, specializing in Social Media with a minor in Creative Writing. I am passionate about news and politics, specifically LGBTQ and women’s rights issues. In my free time, I enjoy writing poetry and fiction stories, watching stand up comedy performances, listening to music, and drawing.

Sophia Llamas | Intern
Sophia Llamas
I am a first year undergraduate student majoring in Graphic Design. I am also an Alumni Laureate Scholar so I spend a lot of time volunteering on campus and working with BGSU Alumni. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, listening to music, working on independent design projects, and depending on the weather, skiing.

Emily Malloy | Intern
Emily Malloy
I am a sophomore majoring in Sociology and minoring in Communications. I am also interested in specializing in the nonprofit sector. Along with that, I am a Supplemental Instruction Leader for a Minority Groups class in the Learning Commons. I am also involved with the FIERCE program on campus which is a student led program aiming to help organizations promoting gender equity by giving them grants. In my free time I like to travel, spend time with friends, and play with my dogs.

Elaysia Parks | Intern
Elaysia Parks
I am a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Communication. My research interests include the representation of African American Women in popular television. I was able to participate in the 2017- 2018 Ronald E. McNair Scholars program which allowed me to pursue my research and present at a national conference. I plan to work in the field of media and communication upon graduation, and I enjoy watching movies, cooking, and spending time with loved ones in my free time.


  • Kim Coates | Associate Professor of English | Fall 2017 - Spring 2020
  • Thomas Edge | Lecturer of Ethnic Studies | Fall 2017 - Spring 2020
  • Rebecca Kinney | Associate Professor School of Cultural and Critical Studies, affiliated American Culture Studies | Fall 2017 - Spring 2019
  • Leigh-Ann Pahapill | Assistant Professor of Art, Coordinator of First Year Program | Fall 2017 - Spring 2020
  • Cynthia Roberts | Assistant Director of Services | Fall 2018 - Spring 2021
  • V Jane Rosser | Director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement | Fall 2018 - Spring 2021
  • Jerry Schnepp | Associate Professor of Visual Communication Technology | Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
  • Theodore Rippey | Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (ex-officio)
Role of the Board:

The primary role of the ICS Executive Board is to act in an advisory and decision-making capacity reporting to the Director on matters involving the activities and responsibilities of ICS.

Terms of Service:
  • Three-year term, on a staggered rotation (so that no more than 1/3 of seats are open in any year)
  • A Board members whose cycle has ended may re-apply for another term at any time
Makeup of the Board:
  • A minimum of six (6) and a maximum of eight (8) members
  • Faculty of any rank may apply to be on the Executive Board, but at least three (3) members must be tenured or tenure-track faculty
  • One (1) seat will be held by an ex-officio member designated by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (chair/director, associate dean, faculty member, etc.)
  • At least one (1) seat must be held by someone in the humanities (English, Philosophy, etc.)
  • At least one seat (1) must be held by someone in the fine or performing arts (Art, Theatre, Creative Writing, etc.)
  • At least one (1) seat must be held by someone in the qualitative social sciences (Sociology, Political Science, etc.)
  • At least one (1) seat must be held by faculty outside the College of Arts & Sciences
  • One (1) seat must be held by a representative from Student Affairs
  • Up to one (1) seat may be held by an alumnus or community member