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 BrownlowI am a second-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 contradiction between intersecting identities. My current research explores the Bad Feminist movement as an example of modern-day issues with Feminist identity and group belonging. When not studying, I enjoy watching television (for both research and pleasure), baking, playing with my cat, and taking long walks while listening to podcasts.



Lauren O'Connor | Graduate Research Assistant

IMG 0025I am a third-year student in the American Culture Studies PhD program. Prior to attending BGSU, I worked in university student affairs and as a high school counselor. My research interests include the social construction of adolescence, teen-centered media, and comics studies. When not studying, I enjoy walking my dog, cooking, and playing board games.

Interested in an internship with ICS in Spring 2018? Click HERE for more information on applying!

Lorri Turner | Intern

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Solana Valverde | Intern

IMG 0015 2I am an undergraduate student in Media Production & Studies. I am a multi-race woman who believes in empowering others with knowledge, experience, and support. I enjoy looking at the world through a kaleidoscope lens and have aspirations to one day make a positive impact on society. I speak the language of interpersonal relationships and thrive on the philosophy of servitude. My favorite book is “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.



  • Kim Coates | Associate Professor of English
  • Gregory Decker | Associate Professor of Music Theory
  • Thomas Edge | Lecturer of Ethnic Studies
  • Derrick Jones | Assistant Director of Academics and Assessment
  • Rebecca Kinney | Assistant Professor of Popular Culture Studies and Cultural and Critical Studies
  • Leigh-Ann Pahapill | Assistant Professor of Art, Coordinator of First Year Program
  • Jerry Schnepp | Associate Professor of Visual Communication Technology
  • 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