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.

Alcalde, M. Cristina

Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women Gender and Sexuality Studies

As a gender and women's studies scholar and anthropologist, Dr. Alcalde's research areas include racialization, gender, migration, gender violence, and exclusion. As Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Alcalde is charged with providing an integrated, holistic vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion and strategic direction at Miami University. She works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to lead and support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the university.

Amador, José

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

José Amador specializes in 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

Teaching Assistant Professor
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/Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean 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/Critical Race and Ethnic 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.

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/Critical Race and Ethnic 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 women 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. 

Dannies, Kate

Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Kate Dannies teaches introductory and specialized courses in international studies, with an emphasis on the Middle East, gender and population, conflict, and historical approaches to contemporary global issues. Dr. Dannies is a social historian of the late Ottoman Empire and modern Middle East, and the history of gender and conflict in the region.

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.

French, Nathan

Associate 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 and Intercultural Studies / Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Fuehrer's 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. 

Garner, Sandra

Associate Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies
Inaugural Chief Floyd Leonard Faculty Fellow, Myaamia Center

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

Associate Teaching Professor
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 research focuses on the history of women's rights and the cultural construction of ideas about gender and sex.

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.

Horka, Michael

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies

Michael Horka's scholarship focuses on the intersection of literary theory, popular culture, and the post-cold war moment to examine climate change in science fiction.

Hudson, Janice E.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies
Geography

As a broadly trained geographer, I use interdisciplinary research techniques in hopes moving all humans toward a more sustainable and healthy future.

Jayasena, Nalin

Associate Professor
English

Nalin Jayasena teaches courses on modern British literature, postcolonial South Asian literature and culture, and Asian and Asian American cinema. He has published several peer-reviewed essays on Sri Lankan cinema.

Kollman, Kathleen

Visiting Assistant Profesor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Media, Journalism, and Film

Kathleen Kollman's scholarship focuses on intersectional feminist readings of media and popular culture texts, including film, television, popular fiction, and popular music. She is particularly interested in representations of women in power, including political power.

McLaughlin, Lisa

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

Neitch, Kenna

Visiting Assitant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Heanon Wilkins Fellow

Kenna Neitch teaches in areas of gender, sexuality, feminist methods and theory, and women’s literature. Her research takes a transnational feminist approach to Central American women’s testimony and activism, particularly in digital and collective forms.

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.

Reinstatler, Michelle L.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies

Dr. Reinstatler served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years in satellite operations and as a speech writer as well as an instructor at the Air Force Academy. Her research interests include medieval literature, pop culture representations of mental illness, conspiracy theory, horror films and other media, and gender and sexuality representation in pop culture. She loves the outdoors and spending time with her husband, Ryan, and their two dogs.

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.

Sheumaker, Helen

Associate Teaching Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/American Studies
History

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

Vanderbush, Walt

Associate Professor, 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.

Wistrand, Jennifer

Assistant Teaching Professor
Global & Intercultural Studies/International Studies

Jennifer Wistrand's research interests include the intersection of migration, refugees, and internally displaced individuals with international development and public policy.