Meet Our Team

ICS Staff

Valeria Grinberg Pla | Director

Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla wearing a red scarf

[ID: Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla wearing a red scarf.]

Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla is a literary, cultural and film critic from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who like many other Latinxs has moved to the United States. Since 2006 she is a Professor of Spanish at BGSU. She teaches classes that reflect her research interests on violence representation in Latin America, literature and film, on the appropriation and transformation of crime fiction and noir aesthetics in Latin America and the Caribbean, on literary and film strategies to think about war and dictatorship trauma in Central America, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, and on the Panafrican, transnational literary movements of the Afro-Caribbean populations of Central America. She has also developed a service-learning class to learn not just about, but rather from and with the Latino/a/x community in the area.

Allyson Spoering

  • Position: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Email:

[ID: Ally wearing a pink dress with a brown graduation stole. She is standing in front of a gate with a green hill beind it.]

Allyson Spoering is a first year PhD student in American Culture Studies program. Her research focuses on the role of American Propoganda and its impact on interminority relations. In her free time, Ally enjoys spending time outdoors, visiting museums, and baking for her family.

Ahmad Bilal

  • Position: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Pronouns: He/him/his
  • Phone: 4059651821
  • Email:

[ID: Ahmad wearing a grey sweater and khakis sitting on a bench outside. There is a tree behind him.]

Ahmad Bilal is a second year graduate student pursuing Masters of Arts in English Literary & Textual Studies. He is particularly interested in exploring power dynamics, oppression, poverty narratives, and class issues in American Popular Culture, and South Asian Literature. He likes to walk, listen music and cooking in his free time. 


  • Lisa Hanasono | Associate Professor, School of Media & Communication | Fall 2021 - Spring 2024
  • Jason Kucsma | Toledo-Lucas County Public Library | Fall 2021 - Spring 2024
  • Rebecca Kinney | Associate Professor, School of Cultural & Critical Studies | Fall 2021 - Spring 2024
  • Remy Attig | Assistant Professor in World Languages and Culture | Fall 2022 - Spring 2025
  • Bruce Collet | Professor, School of Educational Foundations, Leadership, & Policy | Fall 2023 - Spring 2026
  • Luis Moreno | Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies | Fall 2023 - Spring 2026
  • Phil Dickinson | Associate Dean, 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 ten (10) 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 a division other than Academic Affairs 

  • Up to one (1) seat may be held by an alumnus or community member 

Graduate Assistant/Research Assistant II
Renee Ayala PhD, American Culture Studies    Spring 2023
Iswat Jinaid   MA, American Culture Studies 
Spring 2023
Stanley Owusu                                        MA, in Public Administration  Spring 2023  
Joseph Elia                                             MA, Literary and Textual Studies AY 2022-2023
Johanna Simpson                                       PhD, American Culture Studies  AY 2021-2022
Kari Hanlin                                                       PhD, Rhetoric and Writing          AY 2020-2022
Stevie Scheurich                                            PhD, American Culture Studies AY 2019-2021
Courtney Keeney                                                  MA, in Public Administration AY 2019-2020
Elizabeth Brownlow                                   PhD, American Culture Studies AY 2017-2019
Lauren O’Connor                                         PhD, American Culture Studies AY 2017-2018
Shane Snyder                          PhD, American Culture Studies AY 2016-2017
Dylana Harris MA, Spanish   Fall 2023
Autumn Dunaway BA, Psychology Fall 2023
  • Ana Brown | Deputy Chief for Diversity, Belonging, and Multicultural Affairs | Fall 2019 - Spring 2023
  • Elizabeth Balint | Great Lakes Consortium | Fall 2021 - Spring 2023
  • Thomas Edge | Lecturer of Ethnic Studies | Fall 2020 - Spring 2023
  • Leigh-Ann Pahapill | Associate Professor of Art | Fall 2020 - Spring 2023
  • Jerry Schnepp | Associate Professor, College of Technology Architecture and Applied Engineering | Fall 2020 - Spring 2023
  • Elizabeth Balint | Great Lakes Consortium | Fall 2021 - Spring 2023
  • Holly A. Kirkendall | Curator, Wood County Museum | Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • V Jane Rosser | Director of Civic Engagement in the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement | Fall 2021 - Spring 2023
  • Abishek Bhati | Assistant Professor of Poltical Science | Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Julie Carle | Retired BGSU Marketing and Communications Manager | Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
  • Geoffrey Howes | Professor Emeritus of German and Community Member | Fall 2019 - Spring 2022
  • Mary-Jon Ludy | Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition | Fall 2019 - Spring 2022
  • Thomas Castillo | Associate Professor of Theatre and Film | Fall 2019 - Spring 2022
Jolie A. Sheffer 2016-2023

Sheffer Jolie 3(she/her) Dr. Sheffer is a 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. She is the author of The Romance of Race: Incest, Miscegenation, and Multiculturalism in the United States, 1880-1930 and Understanding Karen Tei Yamashita. Her current research is on competing notions of community and identity in contemporary U.S. culture, from the 1960s to the present.

Clayton Rosati, Ph.D. 

Dr. Rosati's interested includes issues of social justice and the ways in which relations of cultural production, through technology and industry, often work against justice projects. He has served in leadership positions for several anti-racist organizations and am also a musician, having worked in many community arts projects in the Syracuse and Washington, DC areas.

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Email:
  • Address: 303 Kuhlin Center

Updated: 04/29/2024 03:03PM