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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
Daniel Arbino came to Centre in 2013 as an assistant professor of Spanish.
Arbino’s main area of focus is Caribbean literatures and Afro-Latin American cultures within the framework of hemispheric studies. He has published in journals such as Callaloo, Sargasso, Journal of Caribbean Literatures, and Mester.
He received a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, and an M.A. in Hispanic literature from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Lusophone literatures, cultures, and linguistics from the University of Minnesota.
File last updated: 10/21/14
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
Phyllis Bellver joined the faculty at Centre College in 1998 and became an associate professor of language in 2008. In 2005 she received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching, and she has been active in promoting service-learning in the community as part of the Centre instructional program.
Bellver had prior teaching experience at The University of Colorado at Boulder. She received a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Spain on Basque grammar and advanced study in the Basque language. She has been published scholarly articles in Colorado Research in Linguistics and the Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. She directed the Centre-in-Mexico study adroad program in Merida, the Yucatan, in fall 2002, and led a CentreTerm trip to Spain to study Spanish politics and regionalism in January 2005.
Bellver earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Nevada—Las Vegas, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
File last updated: 10/9/13
Larry Bitensky is a professor of music at Centre where he teaches composition, music theory, musicianship, and world music. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2012.
Known for music described as “extraordinarily sensitive and beautiful” and “speaking directly to the heart,” composer and pianist Bitensky has been hailed for works that are satisfying for performers and communicative to audiences. With their emotional intensity, directness, lyrical and sinuous melodies, and funky, polyrhythmic grooves, his works range from wistfully nostalgic, deeply sad, and evocative, to exuberant, playful, and ecstatic.
Educated at Skidmore College, the New England Conservatory of Music, Ithaca College, and Cornell University, Bitensky’s musical personality is rooted in a range of influences. He often seeks to merge the complex structures and expressive range of the classical masters and the innovations of the 20th-century greats with the melodic and rhythmic invention and improvisatory flow of musical traditions from India, Indonesia, the Islamic and Jewish worlds, jazz, and the Grateful Dead. His travels as part of the College’s study abroad program have also allowed him to explore the musical cultures of Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and Bali.
Bitensky first came to national and international attention with a series of works inspired by Jewish musical tradition and culture. In these he developed a free, quasi-improvisatory lyricism and melodic richness that has become one of his signatures. These works include the award-winning Mishb’rey Yam, a song cycle based on Hebrew texts of the great medieval poet Yehudah Halevi; “…a perfect rest,” an orchestral rhapsody based on the traditional Jewish memorial chant; Awake, You Sleepers!, a concerto for trumpet and wind ensemble based on the sounds of the shofar; and Rapture, a piano work based on Chasidic folk melodies.
He has also received attention for works based on his long association with world-renowned trumpeter Vince DiMartino. These include Awake, You Sleepers!, described as “one of the finest additions to the trumpet and wind ensemble repertoire to date;” the polyrhythmic, jazz-infused “From those beginning notes of yearning,” for trumpet and piano; and the comic and macabre The Other Side, for trumpet and chamber ensemble.
A pianist since the age of six, Bitensky’s music is rooted in his sense of what is gratifying for a performer. He regularly returns to the piano as a source of renewal, and he has made numerous contributions to the contemporary piano literature. These include the brooding and melancholy The Alchemy of Solitude, the colorful and varied From the Corner Room, the poetic Scent of the World We Gave Up, Rapture, Shouts and Murmurs, and others.
Bitensky’s works have been recognized by numerous foundations and institutions: the Fromm Foundation, the Omaha Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Saint Mary’s University Kaplan Commissioning Project, the Big Ten Band Commission, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Orchestra, Jabez Press, the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Award, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Music Teachers National Association, the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, the American Music Center, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, the Friends and Enemies of New Music, the International Trumpet Guild, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Modern Chamber Players, the Harrid Conservatory, the Society of Composers, Inc., Duquesne University New Music Ensemble, Ensemble X, and the ASCAP Foundation Young Composers Competition.
Recorded on Mark Records and Sea Breeze Vista records, Bitensky’s music has been performed by numerous ensembles and at various festivals around North America, Europe, and Asia. His music is published by Silly Black Dog Music.
File last updated: 10/16/13
James Bloom joined Centre’s faculty in 2011 as assistant professor of art history. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship, and contributions to the Centre community.
Bloom’s research draws upon performance studies, economic histories of the arts, visual and literary theory, and cultural history. He is currently working on a book titled The Social Image: A Genealogy of Easel Painting in Early Modern Europe.
He received a B.A. in art history and English literature from Dartmouth College, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Duke University.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Robert Bosco came to Centre in 2010 as assistant professor of international studies, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014. Before this, he was a 2009-2010 Research Fellow in Religion and International Affairs at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. Bosco’s areas of expertise include international relations theory, religion and international politics, and international law. His research focuses on the relationship between religion and the state.
Robert’s previous work has appeared in the International Political Science Review, the Journal of International Relations and Development, and the International Studies Encyclopedia.
In 2014, Bosco’s book Securing the Sacred: Religion, Security, and the Western State was published by the University of Michigan Press.
At Centre, Robert teaches courses in international relations, religion and international politics, international law, international political economy, and European politics.
Robert received his B.A. in philosophy from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, his M.A. in international politics from the School of International Service at American University, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 10/21/13
Michael Bradshaw joined Centre as associate professor of computer science in 2014, where he had been visiting assistant professor since 2005 in addition to being associate professor of computer science at Hanover College.
His research interests include CyberKnight, an educational video game that guides students with no background in computational thought to college-level competency. Also, he is creating tools for Moodle, an open-source LMS, that can augment the learning experience for students.
Bradshaw earned a B.A. in computer science and mathematics from Centre in 1999, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Melissa Burns-Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006, and is Elizabeth Molloy Dowling Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience. In 2010, she was named a Centre Scholar. Before coming to Centre, Dr. Burns-Cusato taught in the psychology department at Texas Christian University, and then conducted post-doctoral research in the Neuroscience program at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Burns-Cusato’s research interests include the formation and maintenance of monogamous relationships in birds and the mechanisms involved in maintaining nesting behavior throughout a breeding season. Additionally, Dr. Burns-Cusato investigates anti-predator behavior of free-ranging Caribbean green monkeys while teaching Centre students field research techniques in Barbados.
She has published her research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Behavior, Physiology & Behavior, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Psychobiology, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, and Genes, Brain, & Behavior.
She holds a B.A. degree in animal behavior from Southwestern University and a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin.
To read about her CentreTerm course in Barbados, “Research in Primate Behavior,” click here.
To read about a recent grant that Dr. Burns-Cusato received, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Eva Cadavid joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 as an instructor of philosophy.
Before coming to Centre, Cadavid taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and also taught as an adjunct instructor at the Eastman School of Music.
She graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in chemistry. She earned her master’s in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and can read fluently in French and Ancient Greek.
File last updated: 8/6/13
Allison Connolly joined Centre’s faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of French and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. In 2009 she received the Kirk Teaching Award.
Before coming to Centre, Connolly was a teaching fellow and course coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she taught English at L’Universite de Montpellier III.
She graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University with a B.A. in French and Spanish. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Francophone literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Willie Costley came to Centre in 2013 as visiting assistant professor of Spanish.
His research interests include U.S. Latina/o literature, border studies, nativism, visual culture, digital humanities, and new media studies. His dissertation analyzes how vigilante organizations circulate anti-immigrant rhetoric on the Internet and how their messages influence representations of immigrants in the “old media.” He is currently investigating the shift of the anti-immigrant movement from dedicated websites to social media platforms and the resurgence of vigilante groups along the Texas-Mexico border.
Costley received a B.A. in Spanish and English from Centre College, an M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Arizona.
File last updated: 9/4/13
Emily Cranford came to Centre in 2013 as visiting assistant professor of French and humanities.
Her scholarly interests include early modern French literature, French and Francophone women writers, early modern gender wars, travel literature, masculinity studies, and gender and queer theory.
Cranford received a B.A. in French, English, and women’s studies from Wake Forest University. She received an M.A., and a Ph.D. in romance languages and literatures (French and Francophone studies) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
File last updated: 07/01/15
Brian Cusato joined Centre’s faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of psychology, and became an associate professor and Centre Scholar in 2009. He was formerly an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College.
Dr. Cusato’s research interests concern the behavioral mechanisms of learning in animals. He is most interested in adaptive specializations in learning, and the integration of biological, comparative, and evolutionary approaches to the study of learned behavior. Most of his experiments investigate how learning occurs in the sexual behavior system, and how animals learn about the species typical cues they experience during naturally occurring social interactions. This is a novel approach to the study of learning—general enough to apply across species, yet specific enough to reflect the evolutionary history and genetics of particular species and individuals. The work is revealing sex differences in learned behavior and the importance of learning in ecologically relevant social situations. Cusato’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and findings from his experiments have been published in numerous journals including Animal Learning and Behavior, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Behavioural Processes, The International Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
Cusato received a B.A. in psychology from Muhlenberg College, a master’s degree from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 8/2/13