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.
Jonathon Earle is associate 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. In 2019, he was named a Centre Scholar.
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. This includes offering regular studies abroad to eastern Africa (2014, 2015, 2019) and co-directing the Centre-in-London program in 2017. He has also worked with Centre students in Uganda and the United Kingdom.
At Centre, Earle has maintained an aggressive research agenda. His first book—on religious thought and historical imagination in late colonial Uganda (Cambridge University Press, 2017)—was a finalist for the Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize (2018), which is the highest award given by the African Studies Association in East African Studies. His second book (co-authored with the award-winning J.J. Carney) explores the political biography of Uganda’s first elected prime minister, Benedicto Kiwanuka, and the history of political intimidation. It will be published with James Currey (Oxford) in 2020. In the past three years, he has also published four peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters with the Journal of African History, History in Africa, and Ohio University Press. His most recent chapter on African Intellectual History is published with Oxford University Press (2019).
Earle has presented at or organized no fewer than 16 conferences or workshops since Fall 2013. These venues include the African Studies Association, and the Universities of Cambridge, Makerere (in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies), and Yale. He was also a co-organizer for a workshop on Terrorism in Africa at the University of Oxford (2016), which was one of the first forums to date—comprised of scholars, policymakers and international development workers—to imagine interdisciplinary ways of understanding modern terrorism in Africa. He also helped conceptualize and co-organize a workshop on Emerging Approaches in Uganda Studies at University College London (2017), the results of which will be published next year with James Currey.
Earle is currently developing two new projects: one on the history of eastern African foreign policy prior to the First World War, and a second on the history of assassination in modern Uganda.
Earle is the recipient of numerous awards. For outstanding teaching, scholarship and service, he was appointed a Centre Scholar in 2016 and 2019, 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: 7/15/19
Chelsea Ebin joined the faculty of Centre College in 2020.
Ebin’s research includes a critical reevaluation of the convergence of conservative Catholics and Protestants and creation of the Religious Right coalition to examine the coordinative and communicative discourses utilized by these groups, and the development of conservative women’s political identities, interests and preferences.
Ebin received a B.A. in politics from the University of California, an M.A. and a Ph. D. in Politics from The New School for Social Research.
Marsha Edelen is the administrative assistant at Parsons Student Health Center. She has been with Centre since 1998. She assists our professional staff at the student health center. Marsha is available to answer questions about student health care including immunization records, women’s health clinic, doctor’s clinics, travel clinics, and more.
Staff Congress Representative (2011 — 2014)
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 (University of Iowa Press, 2018), explores the woman suffrage movement in the Midwest. In 2019, it was awarded the Gita Chaudhuri Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians and the Benjamin Shambaugh Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa.
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
Neil Eklund is professor emeritus of mathematics at Centre College, where he taught since 1974.
Eklund’s teaching load has included courses on statistics, analytic geometry, calculus, differential equations, and numerical analysis. He has published papers including “Generalized Parabolic Functions using the Perron-Wiener-Brelot Method.” Eklund has presented talks on how calculators calculate. He recently published a paper titled “t-Probabilities as Finite Sums” in The College Mathematics Journal.
In addition to mathematics, Eklund is interested in the environment and wildlife. He is an avid birdwatcher and, along with his wife Virginia, often has organized the annual Audubon Christmas bird count for the Danville area.
Eklund received his B.S. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1963, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He taught at the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt University before coming to Centre.
File last updated: 5/2/13
Dr. Ellis was raised in Benton, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Marshall County High School and a 1986 graduate of Centre College. He attended medical school at Medical College of Georgia in Atlanta, graduating in 1990. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Virginia-Chief Resident in 1993. Dr. Ellis then moved to Danville and joined Danville Family Physicians. Dr. Ellis is also the team physician for Centre Athletics.
Helen Emmitt joined Centre College in August of 2002 as an associate professor and now serves as J. Rice Cowan Professor of English. She has been a Centre Scholar, an NEH Professor, and a recipient of the Kirk Award for excellence in Teaching.
Her scholarly work focuses on modern and contemporary poetry. Recent articles include “Rhyming Hope and History: Medbh McGuckian’s Recent Poetry,” “Forgotten Memories and Unheard Rhythms: H.D.’s Poetics as a Response to Male Modernism” and “’The One Free Foot Kicking under the White Sheet of His-tory’: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Uncanny Landscapes.” She is working on a book on contemporary Irish poetry.
Emmitt earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and did her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College.