Academic Program at Centre College
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.
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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.
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John Harney came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of history.
His scholarly interests include identity formation and colonial and post-colonial relations in East Asia, the history of popular participation in sports in the modern era, Catholicism and Catholic communities in 20th-century China, representations of history in video games and the wider uses and interpretations of history in popular culture.
Harney received a B.A. in history and English literature from University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, an M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Sheffield in the U.K., and a Ph.D. in modern East Asian history from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Danielle La Londe is an assistant professor of Classics. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University.
She teaches Latin language and literature, and a wide range of courses on classical antiquity, including Pompeii, and the reception of classical antiquity in film, and the first-year humanities sequence. In 2017, she took students to Italy for her CentreTerm course on ancient Rome. Her research focuses on political thought in Latin poetry of the late republic through the age of Nero. She is currently writing a commentary of Vergil’s pastoral poems, the Eclogues, for Dickinson College Commentaries, and an article on the influence of Virgil’s Georgics on the pastoral poetry of the Neronian poet, Calpurnius Siculus.
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James V. Morrison is the Stodghill Professor of Classics at Centre. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College (1979), M.A. from the University of Washington (1984), and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1988). He teaches Greek and Latin language and literature, courses in ancient history, mythology, comedy and satire, Indo-European Linguistics and Poetic Traditions, and the first-year humanities sequence. He has led student trips to Greece (2000, 2011) and to Italy (2003).
He is the author of Homeric Misdirection: False Predictions in the Iliad (1992), A Companion to Homer’s Odyssey (2003), Reading Thucydides (2006), and Shipwrecked: Disaster and Transformation in Homer, Shakespeare, Defoe, and the Modern World (2014), as well as articles on Ovid, the New Testament, and Caribbean Literature. His current project explores ancient and modern comedy and satire.
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Research interests include Homer and ancient epic, Greek literature and philosophy, Late Republican and Augustan literature and history, and classical tradition in 20th century literature and culture. Author of Homeric Misdirection: False Predictions in the Iliad (University of Michigan Press 1992) and numerous other articles and reviews for academic journals, including Latomus, Journal of American Culture, and Religious Studies Review.
Tara Strauch joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of history. Her fields of interest include America to 1877, the American Revolution, religious culture, political culture, identity, and the Atlantic world.
She received a B.A. in history and classical languages from The College of Wooster, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of South Carolina.
Sami Jiryis Sweis joined the Centre College faculty in 2018 as visiting instructor of history.
He is a historian specializing in the history of Arab nationalism and the transregional politics of the Arabian Peninsula during the 19th and 20th centuries. His dissertation focuses on the political evolution of the Hashemite dynasty, a family of Arab Ottoman notables in Mecca, and examines the intersections of their imperial and cultural identities–loyalty to the Ottoman Empire, aspirations for an Arab Caliphate, and the Arabization of the Islamic faith–during the 1916-1918 Arab Revolt.
Besides his doctoral research, Sweis also studies and teaches on the history of Islamic civilization, the development of the Modern Middle East, and the history of non-Muslim communities in the Islamic world. In particular he specializes on the history of the British Mandates of Transjordan and its development into the independent Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with a focus on state-tribe relations.
Before arriving to Centre College, Sweis taught history and Arabic language courses at the University of Chicago and at The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.
Sweis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations where he studies the Modern Middle East. He received a B.A. in history and government from Centre College in 2010 and completed a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at the University of Chicago in 2012.
Amos Tubb is the Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2009. He holds a B.A. from the University of California-Davis, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California-Riverside.
Dr. Tubb’s research interests include the British Civil War and the Commonwealth. He has published such articles as Printing the Regicide of Charles I and Mixed Messages: Royalist Newsbook Reports of Charles I’s Execution and the Leveller Uprising.
Tubb won the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, was named Kentucky Monthly’s “Co-best Storyteller” for Kentucky Professors in 2010, and received the David F Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service in 2012.
Tubb taught at UC-Riverside before coming to Centre.
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Research interests include the British Civil War and the Commonwealth. Published such articles as Printing the Regicide of Charles I and Mixed Messages: Royalist Newsbook Reports of Charles I’s Execution and the Leveller Uprising.