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Stephen Dove joined the Centre faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of history. He received the Kirk Teaching Excellence award in 2016.
Dove teaches Latin American history at Centre, including classes on colonial and modern Latin America. His research focuses on Protestantism in Latin America, and is currently revising his doctoral dissertation for publication. This manuscript analyzes the ways that local converts adapted Protestantism in late 19th- and early 20th-century Guatemala.
Dove received a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 8/30/16
Jonathon Earle is assistant professor of history and current chair of the African and African American Studies Program. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as visiting assistant professor of history. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in religion and theology, respectively, he completed his doctoral studies in history at the University of Cambridge.
At Cambridge, he facilitated tutorials, lectures and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, teaching on the history of modern Africa and historical methodology. At Centre, Earle has worked to develop a creative pedagogy, which often leads him to incorporate community-based learning into the heart of his courses. In his course on precolonial African kingdoms, for example, he uses a nearby burial ground for enslaved western Africans to think about continuities and ruptures across the Black Atlantic. His upper-level seminar on Idi Amin’s Uganda includes video discussions with authors and collaborative research at the National Archives at College Park and the Smithsonian Institute of African Art. Professor Earle has directed two studies abroad in Uganda and Rwanda. The course’s chronology is far-reaching, ranging from precolonial state formation to the postcolonial period. Its scope is equally comprehensive, exploring two forms of political organization: clan-based republics and monarchical states. Through cultural immersion and modular learning, students critically engage with local cultures, communities and histories, developing the necessary research skills to critically explore Africa’s sophisticated social and moral landscapes. Earle also co-directed the Centre-in-London Program in 2017, during which he incorporated contested spaces throughout London and Northern Ireland to study the history of anticolonial politics following the Second World War.
At Centre, Earle has maintained an aggressive research agenda. He has presented material at thirteen sessions at conferences and workshops since Fall 2012. Most recently, he has presented his work at the Universities of Cambridge, Makerere (in partnership with SOAS) and Yale. He is also an active collaborator, having recently co-organized a workshop on Terrorism in Africa at the University of Oxford (2017), and a workshop on Emerging Approaches in Uganda Studies at University College London (2017). His most recent book, Colonial Buganda and the End of Empire: Political Thought and Historical Imagination in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2017), has been hailed as offering a “thrilling new stand in Ganda historiography”, where another scholar notes: “With this book Earle becomes a leader in re-thinking the history of African nationalisms. His scrutiny of private papers undiscovered by previous historians allows us to eavesdrop on the political thought of late-colonial activists as never before.” His research has also been published in the Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press), Journal of Eastern African Studies (Routledge) and Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press). He has two chapters under review with Ohio University Press and one article under review with History in Africa (Cambridge University Press). Earle has also taken an active role in the preservation and digitization of archives in Uganda, including the private papers of E.M.K Mulira, Uganda’s foremost constitutional thinker, which are now available through Cambridge, and the Soroti District Archives.
Earle is currently working on two projects. First, with the support of a Stodghill Research Professorship, he is co-authoring a biography of Uganda’s first prime minister, Benedicto Kiwanuka, with Jay J. Carney (Creighton University), which is under review with the Religion in Transforming African Series (Boydell & Brewer/James Currey). Second, he is using the railway in colonial Kenya and Uganda to explore the history of the concept of time in eastern Africa.
Earle is the recipient of numerous awards. For outstanding teaching, scholarship and service, he was appointed a Centre Scholar in 2016, and he was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship in 2017. He was named the Delta Delta Delta Professor of the Year in 2016.
File last updated: 7/5/17
Sara Egge joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as an assistant professor of history. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship, and contributions to the Centre community.
Egge’s research interests include gender, ethnicity, and rurality in the American Midwest, historical constructions of political representation and citizenship, and historical intersections of agriculture, food production, hunting, and the environment.
At Centre, Egge teaches courses in late 19th- and early 20th-century American history, gender and women’s history, food history, and environmental history.
Egge has a B.A. in history and Spanish, and a B.S. in history education from North Dakota State University. She received her M.A. in history and Ph.D. in agricultural history and rural studies from Iowa State University, where she studied the woman suffrage movement in the Midwest.
File last updated: 06/05/15
Michael Hamm is professor of history, emeritus at Centre College, where he held the Boles Professorship since 1994. He joined the Centre faculty in 1970 and retired in 2014, and was faculty president from 1998-2001 and division chair from 1991-1995.
A scholarly expert on the history of eastern Europe, Hamm has published three books. He is the author of Kiev: A Portrait 1800-1917, published in 1993 by the Princeton University Press. Hamm was the editor and part-author of The City in Russian History (University Press of Kentucky 1976) and The City in Late Imperial Russia (Indiana University Press 1986). He guest-edited a special issue of Nationalities Papers on Moldova in 1998. His published articles include “On the Perimeter of Revolution: Kharkiv’s Academic Community, 1905,” in Revolutionary Russia; “Jews and Revolution in Kharkiv: How One Ukrainian City Escaped A Pogrom in 1905,” in The Russian Revolution of 1905. Centenary Perspectives (London and New York: Routledge, 2005); and “Special and Bewildering: A Portrait of Late Imperial and Early Soviet Kyiv,” in Jubilant Experimentalism. Kyiv and International Modernism, (University of Toronto Press, 2010). He also writes on conservation and wildlife issues; is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of the Nature Conservancy; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge.
Hamm has studied and taught overseas, most recently as a lecturer on American politics and culture at Almaty State University and Kazak State University in Kazakhstan during the fall of 1995. During 1976-77, he completed extensive research in the former Soviet Union as a fellow of the International Research and Exchanges Board. Hamm returned to the USSR on IREX and Fulbright grants in 1986.
Hamm has taken Centre students on travel-study programs to Eastern Europe on five occasions. Recent study-travel has taken him to Albania, Romania, and Tanzania, as well as to Moscow and Kiev.
He holds a B.A. from Macalester College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University.
John Harney came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of history.
His scholarly interests include identity formation and colonial and post-colonial relations in East Asia, the history of popular participation in sports in the modern era, and Catholicism and Catholic communities in 20th-century China.
Harney received a B.A. in history and English literature from the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, an M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., and a Ph.D. in modern East Asian history from the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 9/4/13
Tara Strauch joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of history. Her fields of interest include America to 1877, the American Revolution, religious culture, political culture, identity, and the Atlantic world.
She received a B.A. in history and classical languages from The College of Wooster, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina.
Amos Tubb is the Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2009. He holds a B.A. from the University of California-Davis, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California-Riverside.
Dr. Tubb’s research interests include the British Civil War and the Commonwealth. He has published such articles as Printing the Regicide of Charles I and Mixed Messages: Royalist Newsbook Reports of Charles I’s Execution and the Leveller Uprising.
Tubb won the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, was named Kentucky Monthly’s “Co-best Storyteller” for Kentucky Professors in 2010, and received the David F Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service in 2012.
Tubb taught at UC-Riverside before coming to Centre.
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Research interests include the British Civil War and the Commonwealth. Published such articles as Printing the Regicide of Charles I and Mixed Messages: Royalist Newsbook Reports of Charles I’s Execution and the Leveller Uprising.