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600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
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
Laura Chinchilla joined Centre in 2015 as assistant professor of Spanish.
Her research and teaching interests include detective and crime fiction and film in Spanish America and Brazil; film and media studies, global genres; culture and neoliberalism; and narconarratives.
Chinchilla received a B.A. in French and Francophone studies from Louisiana State University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in comparative and world literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
File updated 9/2/15
Willie Costley is assistant professor of Spanish. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2013.
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
Jason Doroga came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of Spanish.
His scholarly interests include historical syntax and morphology, semantics and pragmatics, and Spanish/Portuguese contact and language acquisition.
Doroga received a B.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Dallas, an M.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Texas-Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Hispano-romance philology/linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
File last updated: 08/19/15
Núria Sabaté joined Centre’s faculty in 2007. She is associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies.
She earned a B.A. and M.A. in philology and Romance languages at the Universitat de Lleida in Catalonia and studied abroad in Italy and France. She received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky.
Sabaté’s interests include 20th-century Latin American literature with a focus on Argentina. She was awarded a NEH grant to participate in a summer seminar in Brazil in 2013.
File last updated: 9/11/15
Iulia Sprinceana joined Centre as assistant professor of Spanish in 2014.
Her teaching and research interests include Spanish language and culture, 20th and 21st century peninsular Spanish theater, 19th and 21st century peninsular Spanish literature, and performance theory.
She received a B.A. in economics and Spanish from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. in romance languages and literatures at the University of California in Berkeley.