2017–2018 Scholars and Artists in Residence

Applications were particularly competitive this year. The four winners were selected for the intellectual significance of their research and the social relevance and public impact of their work on university and area communities.

Walter Grunden | History



Walter Grunden is Associate Professor of History. During his fellowship, he studied how Japanese organizational culture affects contemporary science and technological production.. Since the year 2000, seventeen Japanese scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Explaining this sudden increase in Nobel Prize winners has become a subject of great interest and speculation in Japan, with many pointing to particular cultural traits as a primary factor. But how does culture affect the conduct of science? Do differences in organizational culture really play such a critical role, as some have claimed? This study applies analytical theories from the fields of anthropology and the sociology of science to challenge essentialist cultural explanations of Japan’s recent success with the Nobel Prize by offering a broader historical perspective on the culture of science in modern Japan.

Lecture scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 2:30 pm–4:00pm, Wood County Senior Center

Amy Robinson | World Languages and Cultures

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Amy Robinson is Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures in the School of Romance and Classical Studies. During her ICS fellowship, she researched the legendary Chucho el Roto, Mexico’s Robin Hood. In 1935 U.S. film censors rejected a Mexican film about legendary bandit Chucho el Roto for portraying the criminal as an honorable hero and authorities as corrupt and cruel. This bandit has been celebrated in Mexico for over a century for using clever disguises and ingenuity to cross into elite spaces, steal from the wealthy and redistribute earnings to the poor. Robinson's research focuses on the film and other mainstream representations that exemplify how such tales have promoted critical awareness in Mexico about corrupt societies that presume to uphold law and order by unjustly criminalizing their antagonists. 

Lecture scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 2:30 pm–4:00pm, Wood County Senior Center

Nancy Patterson | School of Teaching and Learning

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Nancy Patterson is Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development, School of Teaching and Learning. The title of her ICS project is But I Wanna Say What I Wanna Say: Ohio Student and Teacher Perspectives on the First Amendment and will include interviews and focus groups of both students and teachers of their perceptions of the democratic state of social studies. This enduring topic is of concern, as such freedoms require vigilant advocacy and protection. Coretta Scott King (1969) is quoted as having stated, “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” The project is grounded in academic freedom case law and the majority of opinion of the Supreme Court in the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1965) that held that certain forms of student expression are protected by the First Amendment. Justice Fortas wrote in the majority opinion that “it can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” 

Lecture  scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm, BG High School Performing Arts Center

Sheri Wells-Jensen | English

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Sheri Wells-Jensen is an associate professor specializing in linguistics in the Department of English at Bowling Green State University.  She is a member of the Advisory board of Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (MITI) International, and given papers on the relationship between intelligence, perception  and language at the SETI institute, theInternational  Space Development Conference and the NASA sponsored colloquium and the University of Washington. She spends a great deal of time thinking abut science, disability, the relationship between thought and language,  and aliens. Wells-Jensen's project, entitled Imagining Life on Other Planets—Re-Imagining Life on Earth, will explore how an intelligent blind alien race would survive. What implications would blindness have for their civilization and our ability to find and communicate with them? Part advocacy, part popular science, Wells-Jensen's work questions our socially constructed assumptions about ability and disability and the limits we place on one another.

Lecture scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2:30-4:00pm, BGSU Planetarium


Interested in becoming a 2019-2020 ICS Faculty Fellow?

ICS will be accepting applications in fall of 2019.

Lisa Hanasono | Media & Communication

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Lisa Hanosono is an Associate Professor in the School of Media & Communication.  Her project takes an interdisciplinary approach to understand how stories of pregnancy loss are silenced by culture, gender, and social factors. It will also demonstrate how organizations, media, and everyday people can shatter the silence of miscarriage.

Lecture to be scheduled for Fall 2018

Lara Martin Lengel | Media & Communication

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Lara Martin Lengel is a Professor in the School of Media & Communication.  Her project takes a critical, feminist political economy approach to interrogate faith-based organizations and their role in combatting sex trafficking in Costa Rica.

Lecture to be scheduled for Fall 2018

Melissa K. Miller | Political Science

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Melissa K. Miller is an Associate Professor of Political Science and an expert on American Politics. Her project, "Moms on the Run," examines how maternal stereotypes operate among voters and how mother-candidates running for political office negotiate them. 


Lecture to be scheduled for Spring 2018

Arne Spohr | Musical Arts

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Arne Spohr is an Associate Professor of Musicology.  His project will investigate the lives and experiences of black trumpeters and drummers in seventeenth and eighteenth century Germany in an effort to examine the legal and social positions of black musicians in Early Modern Germany.

Lecture to be scheduled for Spring 2018

Past ICS Fellows

YearNameTitle of ProjectAffiliation
2017Rebecca KinneyRust Belt Chinatowns: Restaurants, Race, and Redevelopment in the Twenty First CenturySchool of Cultural and Critical Studies
2017Cheryl LachowskiDitches: A Montage of the Great Black SwampGeneral Studies Writing
2016Michael ArrigoLeg Up/Land on Your FeetSchool of Art
2016Christina GuentherJulya Rabinowich's Transnational Poetics: Remembering Border Crossings in Theater and FilmGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2015Rebecca Skinner GreenForging the Path: Establishing Contemporary Art in Trinidad and TobagoSchool of Art
2015/2016David BixlerThe Hughes ProjectSchool of Music
2015Montana MillerBlue Skies, Black Death: Skydivers and the Ambiguity of BeliefPopular Culture
2015Philip DickinsonMere Pseud…: The Secret 1980s Journal of a Teenage ModernistEnglish
2015Dalton JonesWhy is this Man Smiling?: The Reification of Louis ArmstrongEthnic Studies
2014Philip XieIndustrial Heritage Tourism: Landscapes of NostalgiaTourism, Leisure, and Event Planning
2014Satomi SaitoNarrative in the Digital AgeGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2014Erin Felicia LabbieThe Medieval Remainder: Faust, Debt, and Social ContractsEnglish
2014Edgar LandgrafNietszche's Will, Luhmann's Inheritance. On the Physiological and Philosophical Underpinnings of Nietzsche's and Luhmann's PosthumanismGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2013Christopher Frey"Benevolent Care": Education and the Ainu in Japan's North, 1790-1868Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy, EDHD
2013Pedro PorbenDesired Revolution: Cultural Practices of the New Man in CubaRomance & Classical Studies, Spanish
2013Theodore RippeyThe Anxious Ear: Aural Experience in German ModernityGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2013Clayton RosatiInfrastructure of Feeling: Media, Materialism, and Struggles for the Geographies of CultureSchool of Media and Communication
2013Geoff HowesUtopian Visions of Madness in Austrian LiteratureGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2012Sharona MuirNaked Men, Naked Women, and Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals That Go Unseen Among UsCreative Writing/English
2012Kristen RudisillSecond Honeymoons, Jurassic Babies: Identity and Play in Chennai's Post-Independence Sabha TheaterSchool of Media and Communication
2012Kimberly CoatesDancing With Freud: Female Sexuality, Modernist Women, and the Intoxication of MovementEnglish
2012Dena Elisabeth EberHer Mikvah: Kedushat YetzirahSchool of Art
2011Heather Elliott-FamularoBearing Witness: The Voices of Our SurvivorsSchool of Art
2011Ellen W. GorsevskiDangerous Women: The Rhetoric of the Women Nobel Peace Laureates`School of Media and Communication
2011Ruth Wallis HerndonChildren of Misfortune: Growing up Poor in Early New EnglandHistory
2011Maisha Wester English
2011Cynthia BaronBreaking the Hourglass: Documentaries that Shatter the Illusion of the Corporate Food SystemTheater and Film
2010Eftychia Papanikolaou College of Music
2010Jolie ShefferThe Romance of Race: The Familial Origins of American Multiculturalism 1880-1930English
2010Stephannie Gearhart English
2009Victoria EkstrandRevealing John Doe: The Origins and Culture of Anonymous Speech in U.S. LawJournalism
2009Shannon Orr Political Science
2009Beatrice GuentherTrading on Cultural Capital: Madame de Stael's Politics of LiteratureWomen's Studies
2009Vikki KraneThis is a Female Athlete: Interpreting Self-Representations of Female College AthletesSport and Leisure Studies
2009Allie TerrySomaesthetics and the Renaissance: Medieval Torture to Aesthetic Redemption at the BargelloSchool of Art
2009Ellen BerryStray Ejections, Misplaced, Shrouded in Forgetting: History, Trauma, and the Politics of Absence in Theresa Cha's DicteeEnglish
2008Neil EngelhartPetty Despots: Rethinking Human Rights Discourse After the Cold WarPolitical Science
2008Charles KanwischerReal Estate Drawings and Recent WorkSchool of Art
2008Vibha BhallaAmerican Dreams: Gender, Migration and the Work Experiences of Asian Indian Community in Metropolitan DetroitEthnic Studies
2008Christina GuentherCartographies of Identity: Memory and History in Ruth Beckermann's Documentary Films from 1980-2006German, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2007Bill AlbertiniBodies and Pain: How to Be Ill and UnhappyEnglish
2007Apollos O. Nwauwa History
2007Amy Robinson"True Stories" of Mexican Banditry: The Case of Chuco el RotoRomance and Classical Studies
2007Andrew SchocketErrand to Africa: Boston King, the British Empire, and the Founding of Sierra LeoneHistory/American Culture Studies
2007Rebecca Green School of Art
2006Lawrence Coates English
2006Liette GidlowAdvertising the American Presidency, 1952-PresentHistory
2006Sridevi Menon Ethnic Studies
2006Susana PenaOye Loca: The Making of Cuban American Gay MiamiEthnic Studies
2006Leigh Ann Wheeler Women's Studies
2005Peter WayCulture War: The French and Indian War and the Construction of Social IdentityHistory
2005Rekha MirchandaniWhat's So Special about Special Domestic Violence Courts? Social Movements and the StateSociology
2005Edgar LandgrafInspiration and Artistic Creativity in Pre-Romantic and Romantic Thought: Inquiries into the Emergence of Modern ConsciousnessGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
2005Albert W. DzurDemocratic Professionalism: Civic Task Sharing in Domains of Hidden AuthorityPolitical Science
2005Lynn WhitneyThe I-280 Maumee River Crossing ProjectSchool of Art
2005Gary R. HessExplaining America's Lost War: The Forty-Year Debate Over VietnamHistory
2005Sridevi MenonDiscursive Realms and Colonial Practice: Contrapuntal Studies of Race in Colonial India and the United StatesEthnic Studies
2005Tom MuirDevised Nature: Functional and Ornamental VesselsSchool of Art
2004Apollos O. NwauwaNeo-Colonialism and Academe: The British Intellectual Imperialism and its Aftermath in West Africa, 1948-1990History/Ethnic Studies
2004Ana Del SartoFailures of Memory, Memories of Failures: Contemporary Latin American Women's NarrativesDepartment of Romance Languages
2004Rachel BuffFirst World, Third World, New World: Im/Migration, Gender and Empire in and Around the 20th Century United StatesHistory
2004Halifu OsumareHip Hop's Globalization in Ghana, West AfricaSchool of Human Movement
2004Lisa Wylam Theater and Film
2003Theresa MahProperty Value, Race, and Worth: The Cultural Politics of Housing in San Francisco's Sunset District, 1924-1944Ethnic Studies
2003Gregg BrownellMedia Literacy, Democracy and the SchoolsSchool of Teaching and Learning
2003Robert BuffingtonThe Sentimental Education of the Mexican Working ClassHistory
2003Carol A. HessMusic and the Spanish Civil WarSchool of Music
2003Eithne LuibheidBabies of Convenience? African Asylum Seekers and Childbearing IrelandEthnic Studies
2002Hai RenThe Countdown of Time: Public Displays and Symbolic Economy in China and Hong KongPopular Culture
2002Opportune ZongoCultural Forces and the Construction of WidowhoodDepartment of Romance Languages
2002Vickie Rutledge ShieldsA Cultural Studies Reception Analysis of How Adolescent Girls and Boys Make Meaning of Idealized Images of Gender in AdvertisingWomen's Studies
2001Rosalie H. PolitskyBuilding an Interpretive Repertoire in the Visual Arts: An Examination of Cultural Values in the Art of Richard HamiltonSchool of Art
2001Sharona MuirA Father's SecretsCreative Writing/English
2001Ken KipleThe Cambridge Food Histories: The Long and Short of ThemHistory
2000Philip G. TerrieA Biography of Robert MarshallAmerican Culture Studies
2000Marvin BelzerThe Z Files: Reflection on the Practical Implications of Views about Personal IdentityPhilosophy
2000Ewart Skinner Media and Communication
2000Fujiya KawashimaThe Great Families in Confucian KoreaHistory
1999Mary NatvigImitative Techinques in Masses of the 15th CenturySchool of Music
1999Jacquelyn CuneenGender Portrayals in Sport-Related Advertising: Pring, Point-of-Purchase, and World Wide Web Versions of Women in SportSport Management
1999Scott C. MartinViolence, Gender, and Drinking in the Early National United StatesHistory
1999Donald SchererThe Place of the Humanities and Arts in Ecological Restoration EducationPhilosophy
1999Judith SealanderRe-Inventing Childhood: Twentieth Century American State Regulation of Children's Labor, Education, Health, and WelfareHistory
1998Michael E. StaubAfrican American Activisim, Jewish Identities, and Holocaust ConsciousnessEnglish
1998Delia D. AguilarFeminism and Nationalism: The Philippines as a Case StudyEthnic Studies/Women's Studies
1998Lillian Ashcraft-EasonAfrican Women's Cosmological Thought, Economic Roles and Agency in Africa and the British ColoniesHistory
1998Federico ChalupaEthnicity, Social-Self, and Narrative in the Andean RegionDepartment of Romance Languages
1998Jaak PankseppImpulsive Children on Ritalin: A National Scandal in the MakingPsychology
1997F. Scott ReganA Play for Young Audiences Based on the "Faust" LegendTheatre and Film
1997Jack SantianoPersonal, Private, and Public: The Display of Symbols in Northern IrelandPopular Culture
1996/1997Loren E. LomaskyGood, Better, Best: A Theory of Reason and ValuePhilosophy
1996/1997Tom MuirMetal VesselsSchool of Art
1996Gary HessWarmaking and Democracy: Trauma, Johnson, Bush and Congressional Authorization in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian GulfHistory
1996Burton BeermanJesus' DaughterSchool of Music
1996Ellen BerryExperiments in Transculture: Rethinking Russian and American Models of Creative CommunicationEnglish
1996Don K. RowneyContinuity in Russian History: State and Economy, 1885-1991History
1996Ryan D. TweneyFree Will in American Psychological Thought: From Jonathan Edwards to The Bell CurvePsychology
1996Vikki KraneThe Experiences of Lesbians in Collegiate SportsHealth, Physical Education, and Recreation
1996Khani BegumPostcolonial and Gender Discourses in Contemporary Irish Women's WritingEnglish
1996Geoffrey HowesMental Illness as Cultural Problem with Examples from Modern Austrian LiteratureGerman, Russian, and East Asian Languages
1996Epifanio San JuanRaymond Williams's Theory of Culture: Intersections of Class, Gender, and EthnicityEthnic Studies