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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. In 2015, she won a grant from the Kentucky Oral History Commission to interview World War II veterans. That same year, she also received an Enduring Questions grant to explore the question “What is a citizen?” from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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. Her book, entitled Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920 (2018) and published by the University of Iowa Press, explores the woman suffrage movement in the Midwest.
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.
File last updated: 06/05/15
Michael F. Hamm, Emeritus Professor History at Centre, has held the Ewing T. Boles Professorship since 1994. He joined the Centre faculty in 1970 and retired in 2014, although he still teaches an occasional class. He served as Faculty President from 1998 until 2001 and chaired the Social Studies Division from 1991 until 1995. He is also the recipient of the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A scholarly expert on Russia and Eastern Europe, Hamm’s Kiev: A Portrait, 1800-1917 (Princeton University Press, 1993, paperback 1995) won the Antonovych Prize for the best book published on Ukraine in 1995. Hamm also edited and co-authored The City in Late Imperial Russia (Indiana University Press, 1986), and The City in Russian History (University Press of Kentucky, 1976). He published a number of articles, mostly on Kiev and Kharkiv and Russia’s 1905 Revolution, and guest edited an issue of Nationalities Papers on Moldova in 1998.
Professor Hamm received several grants for research abroad, including an American Philosophical Society grant. He spent the 1976-77 academic year as an IREX research scholar in the Soviet Union and the spring semester 1986 as a Fulbright researcher in Moscow. In 1995 he taught about American values and institutions at Almaty State University in Kazakstan. One of the first Centre professors to offer off-campus programs, he led Centre student groups to the Soviet Union and various Eastern European countries on five occasions.
An ardent conservationist, Hamm has traveled widely in Latin America and Africa observing birds and wildlife. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy from 2006 until 2016, chairing that Board for three years. He now continues as an Emeritus member of that Board. Hamm has also chaired the Boards of Directors of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society. Currently he is President of the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project (forestsformonarchs.org) which does the reforestation and forest management for the migratory Monarch butterfly’s winter roost biosphere in Michoacan, Mexico.
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, Catholicism and Catholic communities in 20th-century China, representations of history in video games and the wider uses and interpretations of history in popular culture.
Harney received a B.A. in history and English literature from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, an M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Sheffield in the 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.