CENTRE COLLEGE DIRECTORY
Use the directory below to find information on faculty, staff, and offices on campus.
The main telephone number for Centre College is 859.238.5200. Calls to this number will be routed to the appropriate extension. In an after-hours emergency, call 859.236.4357.
Andrea Abrams came to Centre in 2007 as Centre’s first Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellow, and became assistant professor of anthropology in 2009. She was promoted to associate professor in 2014.
She is the author of God and Blackness: Race, Gender and Identity in a Middle Class Afrocentric Church (NYU Press, 2014). She led a study-abroad trip to Ghana during CentreTerm 2013, and will co-teach Spring Term in London, England in 2015. Before coming to Centre, Abrams taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Spelman College. Her research focuses on racial and gender issues in the South.
Abrams has a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College. She earned a M.A. in anthropology, a graduate certificate in women’s studies, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Thomas Allen joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as assistant professor of computer science.
His research interests include computational preferences, assistive technologies and smart environments, ethics in artificial intelligence, machine learning, decision support systems, social networks, and constraint satisfaction programs.
He received a B.S. in information and computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kentucky.
File last update: 8/4/16
David A. Anderson came to Centre College in 1992, and was named the Blazer Professor of Economics in 2001. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University.
Dr. Anderson has expertise in the economics of law, crime, and the environment. He has also published scholarly articles on futures markets, ARCH models, marriage, social insurance, classroom technology, instructional evaluation, childbirth, and dispute resolution, among other topics. His 12 books cover the topics of dispute resolution, environmental economics, active learning, and introductory economics.
Dr. Anderson’s consulting work includes economic impact studies and expert witness testimony on the value of life and lost earnings.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Economics of law, crime, or the environment — The diminishment of fathers — Deterrent effects of crime and capital punishment — Sources of the solid waste problem — The dating process
Grant-supported research on legal policy, dispute resolution, environmental economics, and the economics of crime. To read about Anderson’s recent speaking engagement on the economics of crime, click here. See personal Web page for a list of 25 articles and books. Student-assisted research includes studies of the aggregate burden of crime, new settlement-encouraging legal rules, the sources of our solid waste problem, and innovative teaching, active learning, and evaluation systems.
Kyle David Anderson is director of the Center for Global Citizenship, after serving as assistant professor of Chinese and chair of Asian studies at Centre College. He began working for the College in 2010 as an Arthur Vining Davis Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and was later named a Centre Scholar (2016). Anderson is a former Fulbright junior scholar (Taiwan) and Fulbright-Hays fellow (China and Italy). He holds degrees in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and The Pennsylvania State University, where he specialized in Chinese and Italian languages and literatures.
His literary scholarship deals with the history of Sino-Italian literary exchange. Recent work includes groundbreaking studies of Jiao Naifang’s adaptation of Boccaccio’s Decameron (An Eastern Decameron 东方十日谈, 2000) and Europe’s first chivalric romance focused on China (Il Magno Vitei, 1597). Anderson is also a translator of modern and contemporary Chinese and Italian poetry and prose. His work has appeared in Pathlight: New Chinese Writing, China Scenic, the Los Angeles Review of Books and others. He was awarded the Nanjing Young Literary Translators Award in 2015 for his work on avant-garde writer Su Tong’s novellas. Anderson currently serves as co-editor of the bilingual poetry quarterly, Poetrysky.
Anderson is also one of the College’s more active study abroad instructors, having lead 8 different trips to Asia, Europe and the UK in his first seven years at Centre. He introduced faculty and student groups to Southern China, Tibet, Thailand and Myanmar. His ongoing involvement in the College’s Henry Luce LIASE implementation grant has secured future opportunities for students to study and intern in Asia. Finally, Anderson is a founding member and Director of External Affairs of Myanmar’s first liberal arts college, the Parami Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
His service to the campus community was recognized in 2013 with the annual C. Eric Mount, Jr. Student Appreciation Award.
Personal Website: kyledanderson.wordpress.com
File last updated: 8/14/17
Maria Apostolova-Mihaylova joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of economics.
Her research interests include macroeconomics, economic education, health economics, and public economics.
She received a B.S. and M.S. in international economics from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria; an M.S. in management from the Université Pierre Mendès France in Grenoble, France; an MBA in finance from Montclair State University; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Kentucky.
File last updated 9/2/15
Effective June 1, 2014, Joy took on the position of Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development. Joy is an alumna of Centre College, and has her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She has worked in the career center at Centre College for 15 years. Before coming to Centre, she was the Director of Graduate Employment Services at Spencerian College, and while a graduate student, interned at the University of Kentucky Career Center. She is active in the National and Southern region of the Association of Colleges and Employers and is the Past-President for the Kentucky Career Development Association. She is certified as a Master Career Specialist.
Steve Asmus is H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He has taught in the biology and biochemistry/molecular biology programs since 1996. He received the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001 and again in 2016, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. Prior to joining the college, he held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University.
Asmus has special expertise in the field of developmental neurobiology, which focuses on how the brain develops. He describes his research as a study of the development of neurons, which are specialized types of cells found in the nervous system. The neurons produce chemicals known as neurotransmitters that make it possible for the neurons to communicate with each other.
Asmus is interested in how neurons produce the correct neurotransmitter during development. He has analyzed the neurotransmitters produced in developing sympathetic neurons, addressing the question of whether different target tissues influence this “decision” process during development.
Currently, Asmus is studying the neurotransmitters that are produced in the cerebral cortex of the developing and adult brain to examine whether some cortical neurons may change the neurotransmitter that they produce as they mature. Asmus uses a variety of cell staining and microscopy techniques in his laboratory research.
Asmus encourages Centre students to collaborate with him on research. His recent collaborators, all biochemistry and molecular biology majors, include Kaylind Batey ’17, Serena Gale-Butto ’17, Shannon Murray ’17, and Lexie Szalanczy ’18.
Asmus has published his research in journals including the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (2016), Brain Research (2008 and 2011), and the Journal of Neuroscience (2000). Asmus co-authored these research articles with numerous student collaborators.
Asmus earned a B.S. degree from Cleveland State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Case Western Reserve University before coming to Centre.
File last updated: 10/23/14
EXPERT: Cloning — Stem cells — Developmental neurobiology — Research on the development of neurons and neurotransmitters — Analysis of neurotransmitters, sympathetic neurons, and target tissues
Special expertise in the field of developmental neurobiology. Research on the neurotransmitters produced in interneurons of the cerebral cortex during development. Asmus frequently collaborates with students on his research. He has authored professional papers for journals including Brain Research and Developmental Biology.
Dina Badie joined Centre’s faculty in 2012 as assistant professor of government and international studies. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2015, 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 & East Asian 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.
File last updated: 6/05/15
Genny Ballard, an Associate Professor of Spanish, received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky, her M.A.T. from the University of Louisville and her B.A. in Government from Centre College. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Costa Rica where she has been taking students since 2006.
Ballard is actively engaged in community-based learning and student internships. She has extensive study abroad experience having directed programs in Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Nicaragua, Spain, and Andorra. Professor Ballard is one of the founders of the Centre College After School Program for immigrant, migrant and first generation K-12 students.
File last updated: 8/18/17
Since 2007 Dana has held the position of Director of Publications, in charge of designing projects for the Norton Center as well as other departments of Centre College. During her tenure, she has received numerous regional ADDY awards as well as a CASE award for her design work. Dana worked for 16 years as an Associate Graphic Art Director for Host Communications (presently IMG World), a company that provides sports marketing services for several NCAA Division I universities and athletic conferences. At Host, Dana art directed and produced design projects for many institutions including the University of Kentucky, Villanova University, the University of Georgia, Maryland University, etc, as well as for conferences like the SEC, Metro – Atlantic, Big 12, and Midwestern Collegiate. She is a Fine Arts graduate and has exhibited her work in Romania, Italy, and Washington, D.C..