Centre College Directory
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600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Andrea Abrams came to Centre in 2007 as Centre’s first Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellow, and became assistant professor of anthropology in 2009. She was promoted to associate professor in 2014.
She is the author of God and Blackness: Race, Gender and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church (NYU Press, 2014). She led a study-abroad trip to Ghana during CentreTerm 2013, and will co-teach Spring Term in London, England in 2015. Before coming to Centre, Abrams taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Spelman College. Her research focuses on racial and gender issues in the South.
Abrams has a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College. She earned a M.A. in anthropology, a graduate certificate in women’s studies, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University.
File last updated: 8/5/13
David A. Anderson came to Centre College in 1992, and was named the Blazer Professor of Economics in 2001. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University.
Dr. Anderson has expertise in the economics of law, crime, and the environment. He has also published scholarly articles on futures markets, ARCH models, marriage, social insurance, classroom technology, instructional evaluation, childbirth, and dispute resolution, among other topics. His 12 books cover the topics of dispute resolution, environmental economics, active learning, and introductory economics.
Dr. Anderson’s consulting work includes economic impact studies and expert witness testimony on the value of life and lost earnings.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Economics of law, crime, or the environment — The diminishment of fathers — Deterrent effects of crime and capital punishment — Sources of the solid waste problem — The dating process
Grant-supported research on legal policy, dispute resolution, environmental economics, and the economics of crime. To read about Anderson’s recent speaking engagement on the economics of crime, click here. See personal Web page for a list of 25 articles and books. Student-assisted research includes studies of the aggregate burden of crime, new settlement-encouraging legal rules, the sources of our solid waste problem, and innovative teaching, active learning, and evaluation systems.
Kyle David Anderson is assistant professor of Chinese, and chair of Asian studies at Centre College. Anderson began working for the College in 2010 as an Arthur Vining Davis Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow. He is a former Fulbright junior scholar (Taipei) and Fulbright-Hays fellow (Beijing and Rome).
Anderson is a literary scholar specializing in Sino-Italian literary exchange. His research focuses on the discovery and analysis of key texts in East-West literary history. Recent work includes groundbreaking studies of Jiao Naifang’s adaptation of Boccaccio’s Decameron (Eastern Decameron 东方十日谈) and Europe’s first Asian chivalric romance (Il Magno Vitei).
Anderson is also a translator of Chinese and Italian prose and poetry. His work regularly appears in Pathlight: New Chinese Writing. Prose projects with the Yilin and Italica presses are forthcoming. He currently serves as co-editor of the bilingual poetry quarterly, Poetrysky.
A dynamic instructor, Anderson incorporates new technologies and creative pedagogies into his Chinese language and Asian studies classrooms. Oral fluency of modern Mandarin dominates his language instruction, where students regularly tangle in formal debate, tweet-offs, vocabulary bootcamps, and share personal language-learning blogs and hold exhibitions of original translations of Maoist literature. Anderson’s Asian studies courses privilege critical thinking and the creative reinterpretation of artistic works and concepts. His service to the campus community was recognized in 2013 with the annual C. Eric Mount, Jr. Student Appreciation Award, conferred by the Student Government Association to the faculty member who makes the greatest contributions to student life outside the classroom.
Anderson holds degrees in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and The Pennsylvania State University. He is married to Jenny Wardle, and is the father of three brilliant girls.
File last updated: 3/17/14
Effective June 1, 2014, Joy took on the position of Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development. Joy is an alumna of Centre College, and has her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has worked in the career center at Centre College for 15 years. Before coming to Centre, she was the Director of Graduate Employment Services at Spencerian College, and while a graduate student, interned at the University of Kentucky Career Center. She is active in the National and Southern region of the Association of Colleges and Employers and is the Past-President for the Kentucky Career Development Association. She is certified as a Master Career Specialist.
Steve Asmus is H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He has taught in the biology and biochemistry/molecular biology programs since 1996. He received the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. Prior to joining the college, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University.
Asmus has special expertise in the field of developmental neurobiology, which focuses on how the brain develops. He describes his research as a study of the development of neurons, which are specialized types of cells found in the nervous system. The neurons produce chemicals known as neurotransmitters that make it possible for the neurons to communicate with each other.
Asmus is interested in how neurons produce the correct neurotransmitter during development. He has analyzed the neurotransmitters produced in developing sympathetic neurons, addressing the question of whether different target tissues influence this “decision” process during development.
Currently, Asmus is studying the neurotransmitters that are produced in the cerebral cortex of the developing and adult brain to examine whether some cortical neurons may change the neurotransmitter that they produce as they mature. Asmus uses a variety of cell staining and microscopy techniques in his laboratory research.
Asmus encourages Centre students to collaborate with him on research. His recent collaborators include Spencer Overstreet ’16 (biochemistry and molecular biology), Nick Rauh ’15 (biochemistry and molecular biology), and Barrie Schmidt ’15 (biology).
Asmus has published his research in journals including Brain Research (2008 and 2011), Developmental Biology (1997 and 2001) and the Journal of Neuroscience (2000). The Brain Research and Journal of Neuroscience papers were co-authored with numerous student collaborators.
Asmus earned a B.S. degree from Cleveland State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University before coming to Centre.
File last updated: 10/23/14
EXPERT: Cloning — Stem cells — Developmental neurobiology — Research on the development of neurons and neurotransmitters — Analysis of neurotransmitters, sympathetic neurons, and target tissues
Special expertise in the field of developmental neurobiology. Research on the neurotransmitters produced in interneurons of the cerebral cortex during development. Asmus frequently collaborates with students on his research. He has authored professional papers for journals including Brain Research and Developmental Biology.
Dina Badie joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of government and international studies. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship, and contributions to the Centre community.
Her research and teaching interests include International Relations Theory, Security Studies, Middle East & East Asian Politics, Oil Politics, and Foreign Policy. Her work has been published in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, and The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy.
Badie received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 6/05/15
Genny Ballard joined the faculty in 2004. She is an associate professor of Spanish and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011.
Ballard specializes in Latin American literature and culture. She has published articles about Hispanic children’s literature. She has also given many presentations on culture and politics in Latin American literature. Ballard served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica from 1992-94. She continues community service in Danville through Centre’s community outreach center, Centro Latino.
Ballard received her B.A. in government from Centre College in 1991. She received her M.A.T. from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Kentucky, where she taught from 1995-2004.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Since 2007 Dana has held the position of Director of Publications, in charge of designing projects for the Norton Center as well as other departments of Centre College. During her tenure, she has received numerous regional ADDY awards as well as a CASE award for her design work. Dana worked for 16 years as an Associate Graphic Art Director for Host Communications (presently IMG World), a company that provides sports marketing services for several NCAA Division I universities and athletic conferences. At Host, Dana art directed and produced design projects for many institutions including the University of Kentucky, Villanova University, the University of Georgia, Maryland University, etc, as well as for conferences like the SEC, Metro – Atlantic, Big 12, and Midwestern Collegiate. She is a Fine Arts graduate and has exhibited her work in Romania, Italy, and Washington, D.C..
Christine Barton is a professor of biology, emeritus at Centre College, where she taught from 1981 until 2014. She has served as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and has been a Centre Scholar.
Barton’s research interests have focused on behavioral and ecological interactions in aquatic systems. Some of the specific collaborative projects that she has sponsored include the effect of predators on the substrate selection and microhabitat utilization by prey species, factors influencing the distribution of the northern studfish in central Kentucky streams, and assessments of water quality using macroinvertebrate indices.
Barton is committed to improving the quality of science education at the elementary and secondary school levels. During the 1990s, she directed a summer science camp on the Centre campus for elementary and middle school students. She has also organized hands-on science workshop for both elementary and high school teachers.
Barton earned a B.A. in biology from the University of Vermont, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in fisheries biology from Oregon State University.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Biological conservation — Fisheries biology — Population dynamics
Areas of expertise include genetics, evolutionary biology, aquatic ecology, and human anatomy and physiology. Research interests focus on predatory-prey interactions in aquatic systems. Committed to working closely with area schools to improve science education at the pre-college level.