Faculty

Albarrán, Elena Jackson

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies
History

Elena Jackson Albarrán teaches in areas of modern Latin America, including courses on Mexican history, Latin American revolutions, popular culture, and comparative childhood. Her research interests are on the relationships between childhood, nationalism, and transnational youth cultures.

Albarrán, Juan Carlos

Senior Lecturer
Global & Intercultural Studies/Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies

Juan Carlos Albarrán's teaching interest includes the African diaspora through cultural studies. He also teaches transnational relations of the Cuban diaspora. His interdisciplinary approach to the study of race is influenced by ethnomusicology, anthropology, and history. He leads workshops abroad to Latin America to countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, and Cuba.

Amador, José

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies

José Amador specializes on the history of race, gender, and public health in Latin America, with an emphasis on imperial and transnational histories. He also teaches the African diaspora in Latin America. His current research focuses on health rights and transgender activism in Brazil.

Batz, Giovanni

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies
Anthropology

Dr. Giovanni Batz's teaching and research interests include Latin American Studies, Social Anthropology, Indigenous movements and resistance, decolonization and migration.

Berdieva, Dilchoda

Lecturer
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Dilchoda Berdieva has research and teaching interests include Central Asian politics, migration, immigration, and minorities.

Braziel, Jana

Western College Endowed Professor
Department Chair, Global and Intercultural Studies

Jana Braziel has scholarly and pedagogical interests in American hemispheric literatures and cultures, Caribbean studies, Haitian studies, and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality diaspora, transnational activism, and globalization. Braziel is also engaged in issues of poverty, inequality, and human rights.

Brown, Tammy L.

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Black World Studies
History

Tammy L. Brown  is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist with teaching and research interests U.S. history, African diaspora, feminism, and art as activism.

Camacho Escobar, Joanna

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies

Dr. Camacho Escobar teaches courses on United States history with an emphasis on the Latina/o experience since the 19th century through the 20th century. She also studies the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico through the cultural lens.

Channell-Justice, Emily

Havighurst Postdoctoral Fellow
Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies

Dr. Channell-Justice's research and teaching interests include protest and social movements; gender and feminism; human rights; economic development; with a regional focus on Eastern Europe.

Cho, Yu-Fang

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
English

Yu-Fang Cho has research and teaching interests include transnational American studies, comparative ethnic studies, transnational feminist studies, and 19th-Century U.S. print culture.

Coates, Rodney

Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Coordinator, Black World Studies

Rodney Coates has research and teaching expertise in critical pedagogy, critical race theory, race and ethnic relations, stratification, human rights and social justice, educational sociology, political processes, urban sociology, political sociology, and public sociology.

Cohen, Jennifer

Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies

Jennifer Cohen's teaching and research interests are in economic development and inequality; gender, race, and class; and work. Her research focuses on woman and work in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Covey, Eric

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

Eric Covey has research and teaching interests that include the United States in the Middle East and Africa, historical foodways of the Americas, and the intersections of food, politics, and aging.

Croucher, Sheila

Distinguished Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

Sheila Croucher  has research and teaching interests in cultural and political belonging, globalization, privileged migration, transnationalism, ethnic politics, and gender.

Dahlman, Carl T.

Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Carl T. Dahlman's research and teaching interests include political geography, critical geopolitics, population/migration/refugees, Europe, former Yugoslavia, and the Middle East.

Davis, H. Louise

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

H. Louise Davis's teaching and research interests center around issues of social and environmental justice. She writes and teaches about consumer and charity culture(s), celebrity activism, visual and performance studies, transnational grassroots movements, and ecofeminism. Her current book project examines the ethical dilemmas of capital's corporate food and fuel regimes.

Detloff, Madelyn

Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
English

Madelyn Detloff's research and teaching interests include interdisciplinary writing, gender and sexuality studies, Modernism, GLBTQ Studies, queer theory, crip theory, trauma studies, and 20th Century British and Irish literature.

Donahue, Darcy

Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Spanish & Portuguese

Darcy Donahue has research and teaching expertise in 16th and 17th Century Spanish literature, Spanish women writers, Latina writers, and cultural studies.

Etter-Lewis, Gwendolyn

Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Black World Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
English

Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis has teaching expertise in linguistics, black feminism(s), African literature, and service learning. Selected courses are: Structure of the English Language, History of the English Language, Introduction to Linguistics, African Literature, Introduction to Women's Studies, Black Feminist Theory, Feminism in the Diaspora, and Engaged Learning Practicum. Her research interests include women of color in the U.S. and the African diaspora, oral narratives, language and gender, and service learning.

Fuehrer, Ann

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Coordinator, Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Ann Fuehrer has research and teaching expertise in women's, gender, & sexuality studies. Her orientation as a community psychologist is represented in experiential learning courses, consultation and scholarship that bring feminist principles to pedagogy, program development, and qualitative, narrative, action research projects. She is associated with the Food Studies Institute, and she supports stakeholders in local food systems who work for food security in the context of economic inequality.

Garner, Sandra

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Coordinator, American Studies

Sandra Garner's broad research and teaching interest focuses on culture, specifically issues of identity, belonging, difference, as well as, intercultural awareness and understanding—particularly the construct of Indigenous identities emergent from settler colonial contexts. Her pedagogical approach seeks to engage students in community outreach through experiential learning activities and the development of community-driven research projects.

Godeanu-Kenworthy, Oana

Senior Lecturer
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy's teaching and research interests focus on transnationalism, globalization, popular culture, and the comparative study of new literatures in English, including Canadian and Québécois.

Hamlin, Kimberly

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies
History

Kimberly Hamlin's work focuses on the intersections of science, religion, and gender in American culture.

Hardin, Carey

Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies
Media, Journalism & Film

Carey Hardin is an interdisciplinary scholar, teacher and communication consultant. Her teaching focuses on improving students’ critical analytical attention to the ways that media technologies and culture intersect in their daily lives.

Ingwersen, Lance

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies
History

Dr. Ingwersen's primary research examines intersections of culture, economics, and politics in nineteenth-century Latin America. A specialist on Mexico, his book manuscript in-progress, "Mexico City in the Age of Theater, 1830-1901," explores the central role that theater played in the making of urban public life in modern Mexico.

Jones, Matt

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Matthew Jones' work focuses on contemporary popular music and issues of gender and sexuality, especially queerness and music. He is currently at work on a book project about music, social justice, and HIV/AIDS activism that chronicles the life and works of Ohio-born activist and songwriter, Michael Callen (1955-1993).

LaFever, Kathryn

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Kathryn LaFever has expertise in interdisciplinary and international education as well as sustainability, pilgrimage and tourism, culture-led urban regeneration, and gender issues mostly in Europe and Asia.

McLaughlin, Lisa

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Media, Journalism, & Film

Lisa McLaughlin's  scholarship focuses on feminist networks and transnational public spheres, women's work in information technology fields, gender, and information and communication technology for development (ICTD), and gender and global media and communications governance. Her research primarily explores women’s experiences in learning to use new ICTs as laborers in the developing information societies of Malaysia and India.

Otto, Jonathan

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Jonathan Otto has research and teaching interests in geography and political ecology with a particular focus on inequality and economic development, climate change and food sustainability. He currently researches environmental justice and the local dimensions of global sustainability certifications and climate change mitigation programs in Mexico.

Peterson, Mark Allen

Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies
Anthropology

Mark Allen Peterson specializes in global flows of culture, including news and entertainment media, digital media, marketing and consumption in relation to class and political change. He conducts research in Egypt, India and the U.S. He has studied the roles of media in the Egyptian revolution; and as a former political journalist, Peterson blogs at Connected in Cairo.

Sackeyfio, Naaborle

Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies

Dr. Sackeyfio teaches courses on global and intercultural studies; international studies; and African governance and development. Her research interests encompass governance; political economy; energy and resource politics; gender and sustainable development with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Scott, Damon

Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies
Geography

Damon Scott's work focuses on the influence of race, gender and sexuality on urban planning and the ways different places can reinforce specific notions of self and community. His work is informed by current trends in urban studies, queer studies, and geography that look critically at the concepts of place and space.

Sebro, Tani

Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies

Tani Sebro's research and teaching interests span the subdisciplines of political ethnography, critical political theory, Asian cultural studies, mobilities studies, aesthetics, and international relations, with a particular emphasis on refugee politics in Southeast Asia.

Shaffer, Marguerite S.

Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies
History

Marguerite S. Shaffer's work focuses on U.S. environmental and cultural history with an emphasis on popular environmentalism, consumer culture, and public culture. She has published a number of articles on transnational wildlife tourism, tourism and national identity, national parks, scenery, and regional identity of the American West.

Sheumaker, Helen

Senior Lecturer
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies
History

Helen Sheumaker's work focuses on issues of consumerism in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century United States. Sheumaker examines the history of antique collecting, material culture, and pedagogy and methods.

Shockley-Smith, Meredith

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Black World Studies

Meredith Shockley-Smith believes that learning is an active process, with the teacher and the learner interacting to construct meaning. Her expertise lies in Black Feminist theory, Critical Race theory, Critical Pedagogy, and Equity theory.

Smith, Maki

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Asian/Asian American Studies

Maki Smith teaches courses on race, culture, and social movements. His research interests include multiracial and multiethnic social movements, transnational systems of liberal governance, and cultures of resistance.

Stevens, Charles

Senior Lecturer
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Charles Stevens has research and teaching interests in hegemonic transitions and political ecology of sustainable temperate and tropical agriculture systems.

Thomas, Adam J.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

Adam Thomas' teaching interests include race, slavery, emancipation, protest, childhood, family, and popular memory in the U.S., Caribbean, and Atlantic worlds. His work on race, gender, slavery, and emancipation in the U.S. and Caribbean has appeared in several journals.

Toops, Stanley

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Coordinator, International Studies
Geography

Stanley Toops' research interests are in the international aspects of development, culture, ethnicity, and tourism. He has been researching China through fieldwork for over 20 years. His research in geography and international studies has focused on the Central Asian portion of China, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Much of his research has focused on the interplay of culture and development. His current research agenda examines 1) the development and demography of Xinjiang with that of the Central Asian countries, and 2) tourism development in Central Asia.

Vanderbush, Walt

Associate Professor, Assistant Chair
Global & Intercultural Studies/Coordinator, Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies

Walt Vanderbush teaches classes in Latin American and Latino studies on the topics of US-Latin American relations, Latinos in the United States, and Latin American politics. Walt writes in the areas of US-Latin American relations and Latin American political economy. His current research is on the Caribbean with a focus on regional resistance to external pressures.

Wanger, Allison

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

Ziegler, Melanie

Senior Lecturer
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Melanie Ziegler has research and teaching interests in politics of Latin America and the Caribbean, especially U.S.-Cuba relations, and in U.S. foreign policy and decision-making regarding adversarial states. Ziegler also co-directs the workshop to Cuba. Her current research is on the Caribbean with a focus on regional resistance to external pressures.