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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
Thomas Allen joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as assistant professor of computer science.
His research interests include computational preferences, assistive technologies and smart environments, ethics in artificial intelligence, machine learning, decision support systems, social networks, and constraint satisfaction programs.
He received a B.S. in information and computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kentucky.
File last update: 8/4/16
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.
Maria Apostolova-Mihaylova joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of economics.
Her research interests include macroeconomics, economic education, health economics, and public economics.
She received a B.S. and M.S. in international economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria; an M.S. in management from the Université Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble, France; an MBA in finance from Montclair State University; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Kentucky.
File last updated 9/2/15
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 again in 2016, 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, an Associate Professor of Spanish, received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky, her M.A.T. from the University of Louisville and her B.A. in Government from Centre College. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Costa Rica where she has been taking students since 2006.
Ballard is actively engaged in community-based learning and student internships. She has extensive study abroad experience having directed programs in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Nicaragua, Spain, and Andorra. Professor Ballard is one of the founders of the Centre College After School Program for immigrant, migrant and first generation K-12 students.
File last updated: 8/18/17
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.
Michael Barton is Emeritus Stodghill Professor of Biology at Centre College where he has taught since 1979. Prior to that, he was a visiting assistant professor of biology at the University of Virginia. Barton received his B.A. degree in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles; his M.A. degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton; and a Ph.D. in fisheries biology with a minor in oceanography from Oregon State University. Barton’s research interests are in the ecological and physiological adaptations of fishes living in extreme environments. His graduate research was on fishes that live in the intertidal zone of the northeast Pacific coast. While at Centre, Barton has conducted a winter term off-campus program in marine biology at a field station on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Currently he is researching the evolution and ecology of pupfishes, small inhabitants of lakes and ponds in the Bahamas that experience rapid rates of speciation. In 2007, Barton’s textbook Bond’s Biology of Fishes, 3rd ed., was published by Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
A long-standing interest in automotive history has resulted in the restoration of a couple of old cars as well as the development of a CentreTerm course on the impact of the automobile on the environment. He has also written magazine articles on automotive subjects.
Vanessa Bentley joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of philosophy.
Her areas of specialization include the philosophy of science, philosophy of neuroscience, and feminist epistemology.
She earned a B.A. in psychobiology and philosophy from Hiram College, master’s degrees in philosophy and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from the University of Cincinnati, where she also earned a Ph.D. in philosophy.
File last updated: 8/3/2016
Larry Bitensky is W. George Matton Professor of Music at Centre where he teaches composition, music theory, musicianship, and world music. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2012, and has served as chair of the music program.
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, and is associate professor of art history. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, and has been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Foundation, The American Council of Learned Societies, and the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.
He teaches a wide range of courses on art history and visual culture, from economic histories of the arts to the history of portraiture to the intersections of art, science, and technology. He also regularly teaches in the first-year humanities sequence, and has led study abroad programs in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Austria.
His research addresses the historical advent of easel painting as a tool for domestic decoration, and he is currently completing a book on this subject entitled The Social Image: Essays on the Genealogy of Easel Painting in Early Modern Europe. He is also co-authoring an essay on the contemporary market for mass-produced paintings.
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: 9/7/16
Robert Bosco is associate professor of international studies, joining Centre in 2010. He 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. He explored these themes in his 2014 book, Securing the Sacred: Religion, National Security, and the Western State (University of Michigan Press.) Dr. Bosco has also published articles about the study of Religion in International Relations, Critical Theory and Religion, and Buddhism and Politics. He is currently a Research Associate for the Center for Critical Research on Religion.
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: 09/7/16
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.
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Kiyona Brewster joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of sociology in 2017.
Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, gender, qualitative methods, family studies, and religion. Brewster’s ongoing research agenda involves understanding how gender and familial roles are defined and produced within predominantly African American Protestant and Evangelical communities of faith. She previously held teaching appointments at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Triton College in Illinois. She is originally from Pennsylvania and when she is not reading social theory, she enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.
Brewster received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology and a Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Northwestern University in September of 2016 as well as a teaching certificate form the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. She also has an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 8/21/17
Donald Brown is professor emeritus of psychology at Centre College, where he has taught since 1973. He has special expertise in the concept of motivation and is involved in research on factors affecting motivation in particular categories of individuals including college students, children, and individuals with diabetes.
In 1987, Brown was chosen as Centre’s Hewlett-Melon Faculty Lecturer, and he delivered a series of three lectures evaluating traditional methods of motivation.
Brown involves his students in collaborative research efforts and recently supervised a John C. Young Scholars honors project by Chris Shofner (class of ’97), which evaluated the degree to which role models have an impact on self confidence and success. Brown also collaborated with Kari Selby (class of ’98) on research focusing on cognition and motivation.
Brown holds a B.A. from Kent State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Robert J. Brownlee is professor emeritus of economics at Centre College, where he has taught since 1978. He had prior teaching experience at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
Brownlee has special expertise in economic issues facing developing countries, and he spent a year in Uganda researching that country’s developing economy. More recently, Brownlee has done work in the economics of tourism in Mexico (1993, 2000), in Ecuador (1997, 2000), and in Fiji/Tonga/Samoa, including visits to remote rainforests. Brownlee and Centre students have investigated the question of whether developing areas could find a way to establish sustainable economic development without total disruption of their native lifestyles.
Brownlee’s professional activities while at Centre have emphasized consulting to legal firms dealing with foregone future earnings cases.
Brownlee has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin Madison and holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
File last updated: 5/2/13
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