Academic Program at Centre College
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. In 2018, she was named interim associate vice president for diversity initiatives
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: 6/27/18
Kiyona Brewster joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of sociology in 2017.
Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, gender, qualitative methods, family studies, and religion. Brewster’s ongoing research agenda involves understanding how gender and familial roles are defined and produced within predominantly African American Protestant and Evangelical communities of faith. She previously held teaching appointments at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and Triton College in Illinois. She is originally from Pennsylvania and when she is not reading social theory, she enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.
Brewster received a B.S. degree from Bennett College for Women, an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology and a certificate in gender & sexuality studies from Northwestern University in September of 2016, as well as a teaching certificate from the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching. She also has an M.A. in psychology from the University of Connecticut.
File last updated: 8/21/17
Eva Cadavid joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is associate professor of philosophy.
Before coming to Centre, Cadavid taught at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and also taught as an adjunct instructor at the Eastman School of Music.
She graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in chemistry. She earned her master’s in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and can read fluently in French and Ancient Greek.
File last updated: 8/6/13
Mary Daniels is H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill professor of Spanish at Centre College, where she has taught since 1996. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2008.
Her teaching interests include U.S. Latino literature and border studies, as well as 17th-century Spanish literature. Daniels is an advocate of service learning in the classroom and her students routinely work in elementary schools, at literacy centers, and at North Point Training Facility helping with ESL classes. In 2004, Daniels received a grant from the 3M Foundation which was used to start a community center for Hispanics in Central Kentucky where she is co-director.
Daniels earned a B.A. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completed an M.A. at the University of Wisconsin, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1998. She has taught Spanish in a variety of places, including the University of Kentucky, High Point University, and Guilford College.
During the 1998 fall term, Daniels served as the first resident teacher for Centre’s international program in Latin America. She taught and supervised a group of 15 Centre students in Quito, Ecuador, for the term.
Daniels received the McCrary Award as an outstanding graduate student at the University of Kentucky. She has pursued advanced research and made scholarly presentations delving into the role of women in the theater in 17th-century Spain.
File last updated: 6/26/17
EXPERT: Modern languages — Theater in 17th century Spain
Has taught Spanish in a variety of settings. Advanced research and scholarly presentations delving into the role of women in the theater in 17th century Spain. Resident director of Centre’s program in Ecuador during fall 1998.
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
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.
Matthew Pierce joined the Centre College faculty in 2011. Before coming to Centre, he spent extensive time in the Middle East and Central Asia, including living in Egypt, Yemen, and Iran. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
Pierce specializes in medieval Islamic history and thought. His current research focuses on classical Arabic and Persian biographies, analyzing the production of cultural symbols related to gender, authority, and identity. His 2016 book, Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shi’ism (Harvard), won international recognition when selected for the Iran’s Book of the Year Award. He is presently writing a biography of the eighth century scholar, Ja’far al-Sadiq (under contract with Oneworld Publications). Pierce has also contributed to The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (2012) as well as an edited volume on Women, Leadership, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority (Brill, 2012). His work has also appeared in the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies.
In addition to his regularly-taught course, “Western Religious Traditions,” Pierce teaches a variety of upper-level courses on topics related to Islamic Studies. He serves on the gender studies program and frequently teaches courses abroad during winter terms. In the spring of 2017 he served as co-director of the Centre-in-London program.
Pierce holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Boston University’s Division of Religious and Theological Studies. Prior to that, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Bryan College and received a Fulbright Fellowship (2002-2003) to research Qur’anic religious education in Sana’a, Yemen. From 2003 to 2006, he participated in an inter-faith dialogue program while studying in Qom, Iran.
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File last updated: 8/30/17
Jamie Shenton joined the faculty at Centre College as assistant professor of anthropology in 2017.
She is a cultural anthropologist specializing in medical anthropology, gender and sexuality, ethnographic methods, and comparative perspectives on U.S. and world cultures, especially Latin America. Her geographic areas of expertise are lowland South America and highland Central America, and she has spent significant amounts of time conducting fieldwork among indigenous Kichwa peoples (Amazonian Ecuador) and indigenous Maya peoples (Guatemala). Her most recent research explored issues of gender, intergenerational transformation, body image, and social change among indigenous Kichwa women in the Napo Province region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Other ongoing research projects include productive intersections of contemporary feminist theory and Amazonian ethnographic theoretical paradigms as well as sexual violence on college campuses and questions of awareness and prevention.
Shenton’s teaching areas of interest include cultural anthropology; gender and sexuality; human rights; globalization; disease, healing, and health inequalities; modernity, social change, and indigenous resilience; media studies and popular culture; and body image and eating disorders.
Shenton earned a B.A. in anthropology and sociology and Spanish from Centre College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Vanderbilt University where she taught for nearly three years in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
File last updated: 8/23/17