Members of Centre College’s Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society will speak about the paths they have taken in their personal lives on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Young Hall 113.
Speakers for this year’s program are Assistant Professor of Spanish Laura Chinchilla, Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies Dina Badie, and H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor Mathematics John Wilson.
Chinchilla joined the Centre community in 2015. 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.
She received a B.A. in French and francophone studies from Louisiana State University, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative and world literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Badie joined the College in 2012 as assistant professor of government and international studies and became associate professor in 2018. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, which is a two-year appointment recognizing teaching excellence, scholarship and contributions to the Centre community.
Her research and teaching interests include international relations theory, security studies, Middle East and East Asia politics, oil politics and foreign policy. Her work has been published in “Foreign Policy Analysis,” “International Studies Perspective” and “The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy.”
Badie received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.
Wilson has been a professor of mathematics at Centre since 1985. He has held the Stodghill Professorship in Science since its inception in 2004. Wilson also currently serves as chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics.
His research interest is focused toward using mathematics to develop more efficient and reliable methods of transmitting and storing information, and he encourages Centre students to collaborate with him on this research.
Wilson earned a B.S. in mathematics at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He received a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 17, 2018