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.

Alcantar, Stephanie

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies

Stephanie Alcantar teaches classes in Latin American Studies on the topics of Latinos in the United States, US-Latino literature, and Latino diaspora in the US through literature, film, music and popular culture. Her research interests include 19th, 20th Century Hispanic literature, Contemporary Hispanic poetry, Chicano literature, Latin American theatre, creative writing, and cultural studies.

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.

Berdieva, Dilchoda

Lecturer
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

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

Bergman, Elizabeth

Associate Professor
German Russian Asian & Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures/Arabic

Elizabeth Bergman has research and teaching interests that include Arabic sociolinguistics, dialectology, culture, and literature.

Braziel, Jana

Western College Endowed Professor
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.

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.

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.

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.

French, Nathan

Assistant Professor
Comparative Religion

Dr. French's research interests closely parallel his teaching interests. His research background is in Islamic law, Islamic legal theory, Islamic theology, and contemporary Middle East history. Within these, Dr. French's research explores how contemporary Jihadi-Salafi movements, such as al-Qa'ida and ISIS, appropriate and re-interpret Islamic law and theology for their sociopolitical projects.

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.

Gordon, Matthew

Philip R. Shriver Professor of History: Middle East, Islamic and World History
History

Matthew Gordon's teaching and research interests focus on early and medieval Islamic Middle East, with a particular interest in social and political history.

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.

Herro, Niven

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

Dr. Herro is a scholar of literary and cultural studies. Her current research focuses on Arab American and Asian American literature and culture. She is particularly interested in studying the way language and community function within these literatures.

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.

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.

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.

Prior, Daniel

Associate Professor
History

Rivers, Daniel

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

Daniel Rivers engage American studies and America at intersections of society, identity, and the the global environment. His current research in American studies engages with women of color feminism, queer theory, science studies, and hemispheric American studies to examine how popular interpretations of evolutionary and ecological thought have shaped Americans' thinking about landscape and development.

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.

Schaefer, John

Associate Professor
Social & Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Applied Science

John Schaefer teaches courses in cultural anthropology, applied anthropology, Middle Eastern studies, and migration and refugee studies. His primary research area has been the Arab Middle East, in particular Morocco.

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.

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.

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, Interim 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

Allison Wanger's teaching and research focus on the intersections of U.S. cultural history and the world, nationalism studies, memory studies, critical identity politics, death studies, and trauma and violence studies.

Yousef, Saleh

Lecturer
German Russian Asian & Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

Zhang, Xiang

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies

Dr. Zhang is an economic geographer with a regional focus on China and East Asia. His teaching interests include the emerging economies, economic geography, globalization, technology and social change, and China in the world.

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.