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Danielle La Londe is an assistant professor of Classics. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2013, she was a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College from 2010 to 2013. She received her B.A. from the University of California—Santa Cruz, and her master’s and Ph.D. from New York University. She teaches Greek and Latin language and literature, a wide range of courses on classical subjects, including Roman culture, representations of nature in classical antiquity, political thought in classical literature, and the reception of classical antiquity in film, and the first-year humanities sequence.
Her research focuses on political thought in Latin poetry of the late republic through Neronian periods, the subject of her current book project. In addition, articles in progress include an article on the influence of Virgil’s Georgics on the pastoral poetry of the Neronian poet, Calpurnius Siculus, and an article on Virgilian pastoral imagery in Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 film, Pan’s Labyrinth.
File last updated: 10/9/13
Michael Lamar joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as assistant professor of mathematics.
Lamar earned a B.S. in physics, a B.A. in mathematics and economics, and an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Washington University; an M.Sc. in applied and computational mathematics from Johns Hopkins University; and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University.
File last updated: 8/3/2016
Harry Landreth is Boles Professor Emeritus of Economics. He started his career at Centre after having left a tenured professorship at Miami University of Ohio. At Centre he taught introductory economics, microeconomic theory, entrepreneurship, investments, corporation finance, and the history of economic thought, his area of research.
Landreth has published diverse forms of economic writing, including articles in professional journals, textbooks, books, encyclopedia entries, opinion-editorial pieces, and articles for non-professional readers. His textbook, History of Economic Thought, currently in its fourth edition, has been translated into several languages. His article on Bernard Mandeville has been reprinted in a volume of classic essays and his “Creeping Capitalism” piece is published in several readings books. The Keynes book has been favorably reviewed and reprinted in paperback, and some of his op-ed pieces appeared in major newspapers. Landreth had a chapter published in a book in 2006 and another in 2007. He and his wife Donna team-taught a course in a recent CentreTerm. The “R” word (retired) is not used in the Landreth household.
Landreth graduated with a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma, where he also received an MBA. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
File last updated: 5/1/13
Sarah Lashley joined the faculty and staff of Centre College in 2012 as director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and assistant professor of environmental studies.
Prior to joining the Centre College community, she taught in the Environmental Studies Program and Department of Sociology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Human Rights. She has also served as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer in northeastern Ukraine and worked as an instructional consultant for the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan.
Her primary research interests are in the areas of collaborative problem-solving, conflict management, environmental inequality, and faculty development. She is particularly interested in identifying and understanding the factors that promote and hinder collaboration. Current projects include: assessing the variations within small college and university faculty development centers, which may be masked by virtue of our institutional banners, that have the potential to influence collaboration; and, understanding how the characteristics of environmental justice conflicts have bearing on the structure, management, and functioning of collaborative processes.
At Centre, she teaches environmental conflict management, alternative dispute resolution, urban sustainability, environmental justice, and introductory sociology courses.
She earned her M.S and Ph.D. degrees in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. with honors in environmental studies from Allegheny College.
File last updated: 11/03/14
Jamey Leahey, instructor of government, serves Centre in several capacities. His primary roles are as the College’s in-house attorney and as the director of the estate and planned giving programs with the development office. In the additional role of pre-law advisor, he works with students contemplating and preparing for law school and legal careers. During the CentreTerms, he teaches classes related to law, jurisprudence, and the judicial system.
Prior to joining Centre in 1997, Jamey practiced law in Owensboro, Kentucky. His practice there was concentrated in business, regulatory, and litigation matters, particularly through the representation of western Kentucky’s main electric power generation and transmission utility. Immediately before coming to Centre, Jamey obtained for his electric utility client a favorable judgment in a service-rights territory dispute with more than $40 million of the client’s revenue at stake. Jamey also served as a guardian ad litem for neglected and abused children in cases before the Juvenile Court.
Jamey is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the National Committee on Planned Giving, and the Kentucky Planned Giving Council. He has also served on the board of editors of the Journal of College and University Law.
After obtaining his B.A. in government from Centre College, he went on to earn his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, where he was managing editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal.
File last updated: 5/1/13
Higher education law — Judicial politics — Hawaiian separatist movement — Long-term philanthropy — Charitable-giving legislation — Congressional charitable-giving reforms — Law school admission
Pre-law advisor for students contemplating and preparing for law school and legal careers. Teaches classes related to law, jurisprudence, and the judicial system. Works with donors and financial advisors to design deferred and estate gifts. In-house attorney for Centre College.
William R. Levin is professor emeritus of art history at Centre College, where he taught from 1986 to 2010.
An art historian with wide-ranging interests, Professor Levin taught courses and seminars covering the entire chronology of the Western artistic tradition. During the years in which he was actively engaged in teaching, students frequently commended the depth, logic, clarity, and enthusiasm of his instruction, and the humanity that he demonstrated as a mentor. He has particular expertise in Italian art and architecture—its styles and symbolism—from 1100 to 1650, benefiting considerably from personal experience and first-hand observations made during the period 1976-81, when he lived and taught in Italy. Professor Levin’s familiarity with Italian art has been enhanced by numerous subsequent visits and residencies there. Both at home and in Italy, he has continued his long-standing research into the art and history of Late-Medieval and Renaissance philanthropic institutions principally in Central Italy and, more generally, his study of works of art dealing with the concept of charity. Concurrently he has been exploring the integrated program of sculpture articulating the exteriors of the several buildings clustered on Florence’s Piazza del Duomo.
Over the years Professor Levin has delivered a number of highly specialized papers on, among other topics, institutional philanthropy in Italy, representations of charity, and the sculptures of the Florentine ecclesiastical center, both at other colleges and universities and as a frequent participant at professional conferences, including annual meetings of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the Midwest Art History Society, the Medieval Association of the Midwest, the South-Central Renaissance Conference, and the College Art Association. He is currently working on a series of scholarly articles on these themes, a dozen of which have appeared to date in various juried academic journals, and he has published a book on the art and history of the Florentine Confraternity of Mercy, a major beneficent foundation, that attracted several favorable peer reviews. A two-term former director of the Southeastern College Art Conference, Professor Levin has also chaired and served on various committees within that organization as well as on others within the Italian Art Society, and for over a decade and a half he was a reader for the high-school advanced placement examination in art history for the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. He was nominated and selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America beginning in 2008 and Who’s Who in the World beginning in 2009, and honored with the Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Award for Exemplary Achievement at the 2010 meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference.
Professor Levin is the author of Images of Love and Death in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1976), and The Allegory of Mercy at the Misericordia in Florence: Historiography, Context, Iconography, and the Documentation of Confraternal Charity in the Trecento (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2004). For the latter book, he received the Southeastern College Art Conference’s 2004 Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication. In addition, on a number of occasions Professor Levin has been invited by leading academic journals to assess volumes authored by other scholars pertaining to his areas of expertise, most recently Michele Tomasi’s Le arche dei santi: Scultura, religione e politica nel Trecento veneto (Études lausannoises d’histoire de l’art, vol. 13), Rome: Viella, 2012, his review of which appears in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 88, no. 4 (October 2013), pp. 1179-1181.
Professor Levin earned a B.A. in history from Northwestern University, where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the history of art from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Centre College faculty, he was assistant professor of art history at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He now holds an ad-hoc appointment to the graduate faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville.
To read about Professor Levin’s receipt of the Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Award for Exemplary Achievement at the 2010 meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference, click here. For the video recording of his panel presentation along with further discussion held at that organization’s meeting the following year, in which he succinctly outlines his philosophy on effective teaching and mentoring, click here and then type “Levin” into the search bar, click the “Show All Content” button, then the large icon, and finally the new “Show All Content” button.
File last updated: 2/11/14
Hsin-Yi Lien came to Centre College in 2016 as a Chinese instructor.
A native speaker of Mandarin Chinese, she has several years experience teaching, tutoring and counseling students.
Lien earned a B.A. in English at National Chengchi University, and an M.A. in second language acquisition from the University of Maryland.
Chantell Smith Limerick joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of Spanish.
Limerick’s research interests include Contemporary Latin American Narrative, Afro-Hispanic Studies and African Diaspora Studies. Her most recent presentations and publications investigate African diasporic writers from as early as the 16th century to contemporary times. Her dissertation project, entitled “(Re)writing the Nation in the American African Diaspora,” compares and contrasts works of historical fiction written by women of color in the U.S. and Latin America.
Limerick earned a B.S. in secondary education language arts and secondary education Spanish at The University of Alabama, an M.A. in Hispanic studies at Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in romance languages at the University of Georgia.
File last updated: 8/8/2016
Philip Lockett is professor of physics at Centre College. He has taught full-time at Centre since 1990 and had prior teaching assignments at the college from 1971-72 and 1980-84. In 2005 he received the Kirk Award for teaching excellence.
Dr. Lockett performs research in the field of astrophysics. He theoretically models astrophysical masers. These are intense beams of radio waves that are the radio frequency analog of lasers. Astrophysical masers are produced in a number of different astrophysical environments, such as star-forming regions, circumstellar envelopes of dying red giant stars, and supernova remnants. Successful modeling of the masers allows the physical conditions in these regions to be discovered. His research has involved Centre students.
He has received grants from the Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and Kentucky EPSCoR to purchase computer hardware and software essential for the conduct of his research. He has presented the results of his research at meetings of the American Astronomical Society and the Kentucky Association of Physics Teachers. He has published the results of his maser research in the Astrophysical Journal.
He received his B.A. in physics from Centre College, an M.S.E. degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
To read about Dr. Lockett’s published work, click here.
File last updated: 5/1/13
Jaemi Blair Loeb joined Centre’s faculty in 2012. She is an assistant professor of music and the director of instrumental ensembles. Currently, she is music director of the Centre College Orchestra, the Centre College Wind Ensemble, and the Centre Pep Band. She teaches courses in humanities and music and organizes musical events on campus. For more on the various ensembles at Centre visit http://www.facebook.com/CCInstrumental or http://www.centre.edu/instrumental.
In addition to her work at Centre, Loeb is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra (http://www.piccadillysymphony.co.uk) in Manchester, U.K. Her recent performances with that orchestra have included a Star Wars Convention and a Christmas concert with Jason Manford at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Loeb is also the director of the International Conductors’ Festival – Danville (http://www.centre.edu/icfdanville), which will hold its first annual festival in July, 2016.
Before coming to Centre, Loeb was the founding artistic and music director of the Houston Heights Orchestra, an innovative neighborhood orchestra which began in Houston, Texas in 2011. Other conducting work in Houston included: conductor in residence of the Foundation for Modern Music, music director of the Lone Star College -Montgomery Symphonic Band, assistant director of the AURA Contemporary Music Ensemble, assistant conductor of the Moores School Orchestras, and music director of the Vista Competition for New Opera.
Loeb’s performing interests include music by living composers, various folk musics, and standard repertoire. She also enjoys music for non-standard ensembles and ensembles that include electronics. Her academic interests include Marxism, critical theory, and the politics of music.
Loeb holds a B.A. in music and modern culture media from Brown University, an M.M. in orchestral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a D.M.A in orchestral conducting from the University of Houston. For more information, visit http://www.jaemiloeb.com.
File last updated: 4/12/16
Anne Lubbers is professor of biology at Centre College, where she has taught since 1993.
A plant ecologist, Lubbers has special expertise on factors affecting seed production. Her work has been published in professional journals, including the American Journal of Botany and Ecology.
Lubbers provides her Centre students opportunities for collaborative research. For the last five years she has studied reproductive success in wild ginseng. One or two students work with her each summer as they visit eight forest populations throughout Kentucky of this increasingly uncommon species. One of those students, Karen Trowbridge, subsequently was awarded third place in the biology poster competition at the joint annual meeting of the Tennessee and Kentucky Academy of Sciences in the fall of 2001. This summer Lubbers will continue the process of studying how soil conditions, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant’s ability to produce seed.
Lubbers says of such field work for students: “Whatever field our students go on to pursue, they gain some really important basic skills in this program—how to be organized in collecting data, the importance of being careful when recording numbers or doing lab work, how to interpret the information obtained, how to use a computer for graphing and—especially—how to think logically and concisely.”
Lubbers is a member of the Botanical Society of America, the Kentucky Native Plant Society, the Ecological Society of America, and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Ph.D. from Duke University.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Botany — Plant reproductive ecology — Invasive plants
A plant ecologist with expertise on factors affecting seed production in native plants. Articles published in the American Journal of Botany. Regularly involves her Centre students in collaborative research. Most recent work is on American ginseng; Lubbers and her students are studying how water availability, sunlight, and pollination affect the plant’s ability to produce seed. Interested in invasive plants and teaches one biannual course on plant-herbivore interactions.
Dr. Mark Lucas, a three-decade veteran of Centre classrooms and mainstay of the English program, has been named the 2013 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Kentucky Professor of the Year—though anyone who has taken a class with him would not be surprised. Search the 2013 news archives for the complete story.
Mark Lucas has been the Jobson Professor of English at Centre College since 1999, where he has taught since 1981. His specialty in Southern literature has led to such Lucas traditions as the Grit Lit Barbecue and the annual senior-seminar pilgrimage to Faulkner’s birthplace.
Lucas has received Centre’s Hughes, Kirk and Panhellenic awards for excellence in teaching. He also has won a Sears Foundation Teaching Prize, an NEH Fellowship, and the Hartsell Award for teaching at the University of North Carolina.
Lucas is the author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). He contributed to Fifty Southern Writers after 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and the Companion to Southern Literature (Louisiana State University Press, 1998).
A 1975 graduate of Centre, Lucas holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an alt-country songwriter who has released four CDs with the now-defunct group BILLYBLUES. His most recent release was a solo project entitled Uncle Bones.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Southern literature, including William Faulkner — Kentucky literature — Contemporary songwriting
Author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). Contributor to Fifty Southern Writers After 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and The Companion to Southern Literature (LSU Press, 2001). Scholarly interest and expertise in Southern literature, especially Faulkner. Recipient of several teaching awards. Personal interest in Americana music.
Jennapher Lunde Seefeldt joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of politics & international studies.
Lunde Seefeldt researches the factors that influence levels of democracy or hybridity within countries. Her particular interest is freedom of expression rights and the representation of marginalized populations, and how these freedoms vary with changing levels of democracy. She also studies numerous economic structures (especially state control over natural resources) and how these influence politics. While her region of focus has been Latin America, she plans to continue studying her favorite topics in other regions of the world, as well.
Lunde Seefeldt earned a B.A. in government/international affairs from Augustana College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northeastern University.
File last updated: 8/8/2016