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.

Stevie Scheurich | Graduate Research Assistant
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I am a second-year student in the American Culture Studies Ph.D. program at Bowling Green State University. My research interests include queer feminist analyses of the construction, reception, and circulation of identity narratives with an emphasis on the intersection of marginalized sexualities, spiritual practices, and activism.  When I am not studying, I enjoy riding my bike, taking a leisurely stroll, admiring my cat, and cooking overly complicated meals.

Courtney Keeney| Graduate Research Assistant

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I am in the second year of my Masters program in Public Administration.  At ICS, I am helping with institutional development with the budget, strategic planning, and research.  After graduation, I plan on working in Northwest Ohio in economic development or urban planning.  

Sophia Llama| Senior Intern

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I am a second-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.


Eishat Ahmed | Senior Intern
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I am a second-year undergraduate student, majoring in PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Econ, and Law) and minoring in English. I am a member of Lady Parts Comedy, as well as BGSU's mediation team. My passions include activism, performing, and learning. In my free time, I love to read!

Renee Hopper | Intern
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I am a third-year student majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in International Studies, and I plan on working in a related career after graduation. I'm a Co-Founder and the Vice President for Type-Writers (a creative writing organization on campus), and volunteer as a Committee Captain with the Falcon Miracles. In my free time, I love reading, trying/failing to keep plants alive, and spending time with my family.

Meghan Napolitan | Intern
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I am a fourth-year majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women's Studies. In the future, I hope to become a social worker for young adults with a focus on mental health. In my free time, I enjoy being out in nature, reading, and writing.  


Tay Sauer | Intern
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I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Film Production with a double minor in Media Production Studies and Marketing. I am interested in feminist and queer film theory and learning more about special effects and coloring software for video editing. In my free time, I enjoy weightlifting, walking dogs, and watching movies!

Emma Vallandingham | Intern
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I am a third-year undergraduate student studying English and Scientific and Technical Communication. Along with this internship, I work as a writing consultant at The Learning Commons and as a Student Ambassador for the Department of English. I will graduate in May of 2020 and plan on pursuing an MA in Literary and Textual Studies. Outside of BGSU, I enjoy gardening, watching period dramas, and walking my two dogs, Gabby and Luna.


  • Ana Brown | Interim Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs | Fall 2019 - Spring 2020
  • Thomas Castillo | Associate Professor of Theatre and Film | Fall 2019 - Spring 2022
  • Kim Coates | Associate Professor of English | Fall 2017 - Spring 2020
  • Thomas Edge | Lecturer of Ethnic Studies | Fall 2017 - Spring 2020
  • Geoffrey Howes| Professor Emeritus of German and Community Member| Fall 2019 - Spring 2022
  • Kristina LaVenia | Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Policy | Fall 2019 - Spring 2020
  • Mary-Jon Ludy| Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition | Fall 2019 - Spring 2022
  • 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
  • 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 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