Meet Our Team

ICS Staff

Jolie A. Sheffer | Director

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[ID: Dr. Jolie Sheffer smiling in front of a building. There are flowers in the background of the image.]

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

Kari Hanlin | Graduate Research Assistant

ICS Graduate Assistant Kari Hanlin

 [ID: A headshot image of Kari Hanlin. She is laughing in front of a stack of bookshelves].
(She/her) I am a second year student in the Rhetoric and Writing PhD program. My research focuses heavily on rhetorics of power and revolution in Appalachia. When I am not chugging coffee in East Hall, you’ll find me reading and writing stories of all kinds, hanging out with my rescue dog, (Peter) Parker, or picking up yet another crafting hobby.

Johanna Simpson | Graduate Research Assistant                                        

ICS Graduate Research Assistant Joanna Simpson
 [ID: Johanna standing outside, in front of a building. She is smiling at the camera]
(She/her) I am a first-year student in the American Culture Studies Ph.D. program. My research interests include fan studies and how media fan communities negotiate issues of representation in online spaces. In my free time, I enjoy reading, drawing, and trying out new recipes.  

Meghan Ozinga l Intern                                                                                                        


[ID: A mirror selfie of Meghan. She has long curly hair and is wearing a striped shirt.]

I am a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. I love to learn about different cultures and study different way of life. Outside of my academics, I love to read and paint. In the future I will be pursuing my masters and hopefully be working in a museum environment.

Branson Young l Intern


[ID: An image of a bearded man in a hat sitting in front of a bookcase]

I am a senior at BG, studying Media Production and Studies with a dual major in Film Production. I've worked in a variety of production avenues, including podcasting, concert events, sports, short films, and television programs, and I am excited to bring this experience, as well as my interest in academic research and writing, to promote the mission and values of ICS.

Alyssa Santora l Intern


[ID: A selfie of Alyssa. She has long, curly, brown hair and is wearing a pink shirt.]

I am a junior majoring in media production with a minor in advertising. I love to be involved as much as I can on campus. Outside of being in the classroom, I enjoy staying active, whether that is going to the gym or playing sports. I also really enjoy attending sporting events, especially the ones on campus.


  • Elizabeth Balint | Great Lakes Consortium | Fall 2021 - Spring 2023
  • Jason Kucsma | Toledo-Lucas County Public Library | Fall 2021 - Spring 2023
  • Julie Carle | Retired BGSU Marketing and Communications Manager | Fall 2021 - Spring 2023
  • Holly A. Kirkendall | Curator, Wood County Museum | Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Ana Brown | Deputy Chief for Diversity, Belonging, and Multicultural Affairs | Fall 2019 - Spring 2023
  • Thomas Edge | Lecturer of Ethnic Studies | Fall 2020 - Spring 2023
  • Leigh-Ann Pahapill | Associate Professor of Art | Fall 2020-Spring 2023
  • Lisa Hanasono | Associate Professor, School of Media & Communication | Fall 2021 - Spring 2024 
  • Rebecca Kinney | Associate Professor, School of Cultural & Critical Studies | Fall 2021 - Spring 2024
  • V Jane Rosser | Director of Civic Engagement in the C. Raymond Marvin Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement | Fall 2021 - Spring 2024
  • Abhishek Bhati | Assistant Professor of Political Science | Fall 2022 - Spring 2025
  • Remy Attig | Assistant Professor in World Languages and Culture | Fall 2022 - Spring 2025
  • Sheila Roberts | 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 

Updated: 06/11/2022 12:03AM