International political economy — Politics of the Middle East (especially Palestinian/Israeli issues) — Comparative political economy of development, emphasizing the Middle East — Statistics and computer methods in international relations
Nayef H. Samhat
Associate Dean of the College, Frank B. & Virginia B. Hower Associate Professor of Government and International Studies
B.A., The George Washington University; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Particular expertise in the theory of international relations, international political economy, and the political economy of environmental policy. Comparative political economy of development, emphasizing the Middle East. Strong skills in the use of statistics and computer methods as tools in studying international relations. Scholarly article published in Millenium, a journal of the London School of Economics.
Christianity and Christian thought — Biblical history — Contemporary Middle East — Archaeology in the Middle East
C. Thomas McCollough
Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professor of Religion
B.A., University of Florida; M.Div., Duke University Divinity School; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, Biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East. An avid participant in archaeological digs in Israel, often taking Centre students. He and his students were part of a team that uncovered at Sepphoris rare amulets estimated to be around 2000 years old. Co-editor, along with Douglas R. Edwards, of Archaeology and the Galilee: Text and Context in the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Periods (Scholars Press, 1997.)
Languages — French and German — French literature and history — Michel de Montaigne — Patriotism
Charles Kenneth Keffer Jr.
H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of French and German
B.A., University of North Carolina-Wilmington; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
A gifted and innovative teacher of languages who has spent a year as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany and two one-year stints as teacher-director of Centre's residential study-abroad program in Strasbourg, France. Encourages everyday use of foreign language by having his students plant gardens, shop, and take boat rides together, speaking only French. Several teaching awards at Centre. Scholarly research on Michel de Montaigne.
American political history — The judicial process — The legislative process — The Civil Rights movement in America — The Supreme Court
Daniel G. Stroup
Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Professor of Government
B.A., University of Dayton; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Teaching and research interests encompass American political history, the judicial process, the legislative process, and the Civil Rights movement in America. Team teaches (with professor William Garriott) a government course that simulates the U.S. Congress. Has published articles in journals including Valparaiso Law Review and PS: Political Science and Politics, as well as a segment of The Kentucky Encyclopedia.