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 Brownlow
I am a third-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 contradicting identity in Feminist movements. 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 baking, playing with my cat, and taking long walks.

Bincy Abdul Samad | Graduate Research Assistant

I am a doctoral student in the American Culture Studies program at Bowling Green State University. I received my MA in English Literature and Writing from Kent State University. As a Teaching Assistant, I have experience teaching, “American Culture Studies 2500: Cultural Pluralism in the United States” and “Introduction to Cultural Pluralism in the United States” at BGSU. My research interests include memory studies, postcolonial studies, globalization, and transnational studies. In my dissertation, I examine the transformation of civilizational memory in the aftermath of the destruction of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria. Outside of teaching and learning, I enjoy sharing my experiences as a global woman. I am one of the founding members of the “Transnational Reading and Working Group” (TRSWG) at Kent State University, and also a community member involved in volunteering for projects related to women. I was also the president of the student organization, BGSU Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars Association for the 2016-2017 academic year. Last but not least, I love reading Dan Brown’s novels and spending time with my family.

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Melanie Moore | Intern
Melanie Moore
I am a third-year International Studies and Spanish major. Public service and political science are my passions, and I am thrilled to get involved in these areas while a student at BGSU. I love to sing in the Voices at BGSU Concert Choir and play in the University Band.

Strati Moustakeas | Intern
Strati Moustakeas

I am a fifth-year undergraduate student majoring in Journalism and Public Relations with an interdepartmental minor in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. I have a passion for the news and media and am looking forward to pursuing a career in that field once I graduate. With my free time, I enjoy keeping up with the news, traveling and most importantly, spending time with my family.

Sarah Schaller | Intern
Sarah Schaller
I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in International Studies, with minors in Communication and Spanish. I enjoy learning about different cultures and hope to work with international students in my future career. I love to travel any time I get the chance, and have recently studied abroad in Amsterdam, as well as spent a summer in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. When I am not studying, I enjoy catching up with friends in coffee shops, working out, watching movies from different cultures and planning my next adventure.

Tyler Weber | Intern
Tyeler Weber

I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Graphic Design, with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL). My research interests center around the concepts of geopolitical discourse and art. In my free time I enjoy watching documentaries and listening to podcasts and music, as well as drawing, printmaking, designing, and volunteering.



  • Kim Coates | Associate Professor of English
  • Thomas Edge | Lecturer of Ethnic Studies
  • Rebecca Kinney | Associate Professor School of Cultural and Critical Studies, affiliated American Culture Studies
  • Leigh-Ann Pahapill | Assistant Professor of Art, Coordinator of First Year Program
  • Cynthia Roberts | Assistant Director of Services
  • V Jane Rosser | Director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement
  • 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