Meet Our Team

ICS Staff

Jolie A. Sheffer | Director

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(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.

Joe Elia

  • Position: Graduate Research Assistant
  • Pronouns: He/him

Joseph Elia is in his first year of the Masters in Literature and Textual Studies. He also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from BGSU. He is currently working on completeing an anthology of short fiction and novella.

Mallory Miller

  • Position: Social Media Intern
  • Pronouns: She/her

I am a junior majoring in advertising with a minor in psychology. I am a member of multiple campus organizations such as Dance Marathon and Greek Life! I love traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family!

Ellie Dapkus

  • Position: Research & Curriculum / Graphic Design Intern
  • Pronouns: She/her

My name is Ellie Dapkus, I'm a junior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Asian Studies. In addition to working with ICS, I'm the president of the Korean Culture Club on campus. In my free time I explore my love of fashion and do creative work inspired by my favorite shows and movies.

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Sophia Michalski

  • Position: Research & Curriculum Intern
  • Pronouns: She/her

My name is Sophia Michalski and I am a senior this year at BGSU. I am majoring in Creative Writing with minors in Chinese and Japanese. I was adopted from China when I was younger and have since lived in Ohio. My hobbies include crafting and playing video games. On top of working with ICS this semester I have been the president of the Asian Student Union on campus for over two years now.

Matthew Anderson

  • Position: Media Production Intern
  • Pronouns: He/him

My name is Matthew and I am a senior majoring in Media Production with a minor in Advertising. I am a member of Falcon Radio and have participated in a few 48 hour film festivals put on by BGReel/UFO on campus. Outside of school I am a recreational cyclist and have a somewhat large collection of plushies and stuffed animals.


  • Elizabeth Balint | Great Lakes Consortium | Fall 2021 - Spring 2023
  • Jason Kucsma | Toledo-Lucas County Public Library | 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 2023
  • 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: 02/22/2023 12:10PM