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 assistant 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.
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. In his course on precolonial African kingdoms, for example, he uses a nearby burial ground for enslaved western Africans to think about continuities and ruptures across the Black Atlantic. His upper-level seminar on Idi Amin’s Uganda includes video discussions with authors and collaborative research at the National Archives at College Park and the Smithsonian Institute of African Art. Professor Earle has directed two studies abroad in Uganda and Rwanda. The course’s chronology is far-reaching, ranging from precolonial state formation to the postcolonial period. Its scope is equally comprehensive, exploring two forms of political organization: clan-based republics and monarchical states. Through cultural immersion and modular learning, students critically engage with local cultures, communities and histories, developing the necessary research skills to critically explore Africa’s sophisticated social and moral landscapes. Earle also co-directed the Centre-in-London Program in 2017, during which he incorporated contested spaces throughout London and Northern Ireland to study the history of anticolonial politics following the Second World War.
At Centre, Earle has maintained an aggressive research agenda. He has presented material at thirteen sessions at conferences and workshops since Fall 2012. Most recently, he has presented his work at the Universities of Cambridge, Makerere (in partnership with SOAS) and Yale. He is also an active collaborator, having recently co-organized a workshop on Terrorism in Africa at the University of Oxford (2017), and a workshop on Emerging Approaches in Uganda Studies at University College London (2017). His most recent book, Colonial Buganda and the End of Empire: Political Thought and Historical Imagination in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2017), has been hailed as offering a “thrilling new stand in Ganda historiography”, where another scholar notes: “With this book Earle becomes a leader in re-thinking the history of African nationalisms. His scrutiny of private papers undiscovered by previous historians allows us to eavesdrop on the political thought of late-colonial activists as never before.” His research has also been published in the Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press), Journal of Eastern African Studies (Routledge) and Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press). He has two chapters under review with Ohio University Press and one article under review with History in Africa (Cambridge University Press). Earle has also taken an active role in the preservation and digitization of archives in Uganda, including the private papers of E.M.K Mulira, Uganda’s foremost constitutional thinker, which are now available through Cambridge, and the Soroti District Archives.
Earle is currently working on two projects. First, with the support of a Stodghill Research Professorship, he is co-authoring a biography of Uganda’s first prime minister, Benedicto Kiwanuka, with Jay J. Carney (Creighton University), which is under review with the Religion in Transforming African Series (Boydell & Brewer/James Currey). Second, he is using the railway in colonial Kenya and Uganda to explore the history of the concept of time in eastern Africa.
Earle is the recipient of numerous awards. For outstanding teaching, scholarship and service, he was appointed a Centre Scholar in 2016, 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: 7/5/17
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 (2018) and published by the University of Iowa Press, explores the woman suffrage movement in the Midwest.
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.
Anne joined the Office of Admission team in August of 2017. She works with students from Lexington, Kentucky as well as with students from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee.
An alumnus of the College, Anne graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Journalism degree from Northwestern University in 2014.
She returned to Centre in 2015, working first as the Interim Communications Fellow and then moving into the role of Assistant Director of Residence Life from 2015-17. After her first full year of work at Centre, she was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award For Excellence in Service.
Anne currently serves as Centre’s Staff Congress President and she is also a member of the Bicentennial Executive Committee and the College’s Budget Taskforce. In the community, Anne is a member of the Kentucky Educational Television Friends Board.
Anne is originally from Lexington, Kentucky.