Academic Program at Centre College
Genny Ballard, 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, and in the fall of 2019 she spent six months in Colombia as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.
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.
Eva Cadavid joined Centre’s faculty in 2008. She is associate professor of philosophy. In 2019, she was named a Centre Scholar.
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.
Marc Démont-Devlin joined the Centre College faculty in 2018 as visiting assistant professor of French and humanities.
His research interests include contemporary French philosophy, film studies, queer studies, feminist theories and methodologies, and masculinity studies.
He earned his undergraduate and advanced degrees in France before coming to the United States, where he earned an M.A. in French, a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of South Carolina.
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.
Lee Jefferson is an associate professor of religion, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014.
Prior to coming to Centre in 2008, Jefferson taught courses at Memphis Theological Seminary and at Vanderbilt University, both in various areas of the Christian tradition. His primary area of interest is the development of the Christian tradition and art and imagery of Late Antiquity.
He graduated cum laude from Sewanee-University of the South and earned his M.Div. from Southern Methodist University (magna cum laude). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University. He has published articles on aspects of early Christianity in Religion and the Arts, Studia Patristica, Religion Compass, the Sewanee Theological Review, and SBL Bible Odyssey. His book reviews have appeared in Review of Biblical Literature, Religious Studies Review, Church History, and the Journal of Roman Studies. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (DeGruyter), and contributes to the Huffington Post, and most recently to Marginalia: Los Angeles Review of Books (see his article here).
Jefferson has developed a study abroad course on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. In addition to traveling to sites of holy pilgrimage, he is researching the rise of reliquary devotion associated with pilgrimage routes in early and medieval Christianity.
His book, Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art (Fortress Press, 2014) concerns the early images of the miracles of Jesus. His second book, a collection of essays including a chapter he authored, co-edited with Robin M. Jensen, entitled The Art of Empire: Christian Art in Its Imperial Context, was published in October 2015. He contributes to the Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity and the The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies. He also has a forthcoming chapter in the Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art. (read about it here).
He won the Kirk Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011. He is also a Shohet Scholar, having won the Shohet Scholars Award from the International Catacomb Society in 2013. Prof. Jefferson is utilizing the grant along with Prof. Tom McCollough to explore the material evidence of the caves of Khirbet Qana in Israel.
File last updated: 9/7/2016
John Kinkade is Associate Professor of English. In 2010, he was named a Centre Scholar. Prior to joining Centre’s faculty in 2006, he taught at the Texas Military Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and in the Naples, Fla., community schools.
He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Centre College with degrees in English and government, and earned a master’s and Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
File last updated: 9/13/13
Danielle La Londe is an associate 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 received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2019.
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.
File last updated: 7/15/19
Dr. Mark Lucas, a three-decade veteran of Centre classrooms and mainstay of the English program, has been named the 2013 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Kentucky Professor of the Year—though anyone who has taken a class with him would not be surprised. Search the 2013 news archives for the complete story.
Mark Lucas has been the Jobson Professor of English at Centre College since 1999, where he has taught since 1981. His specialty in Southern literature has led to such Lucas traditions as the Grit Lit Barbecue and the annual senior-seminar pilgrimage to Faulkner’s birthplace.
Lucas has received Centre’s Hughes, Kirk and Panhellenic awards for excellence in teaching. He also has won a Sears Foundation Teaching Prize, an NEH Fellowship, and the Hartsell Award for teaching at the University of North Carolina.
Lucas is the author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). He contributed to Fifty Southern Writers after 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and the Companion to Southern Literature (Louisiana State University Press, 1998).
A 1975 graduate of Centre, Lucas holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an alt-country songwriter who has released four CDs with the now-defunct group BILLYBLUES. His most recent release was a solo project entitled Uncle Bones.
File last updated: 5/2/13
EXPERT: Southern literature, including William Faulkner — Kentucky literature — Contemporary songwriting
Author of The Southern Vision of Andrew Lytle (Louisiana State University Press, 1987) and editor of Home Voices: A Sampler of Southern Writing (University Press of Kentucky, 1991). Contributor to Fifty Southern Writers After 1900 (Greenwood Press, 1987) and The Companion to Southern Literature (LSU Press, 2001). Scholarly interest and expertise in Southern literature, especially Faulkner. Recipient of several teaching awards. Personal interest in Americana music.
Daniel Manheim is professor of English at Centre College, where he has taught since 1991. He has held the Stodghill Professorship for English since 2007.
Manheim has a scholarly background in American literature, and he has taught Centre courses on major American writers, environmental literature, American autobiography, and the modern short story. He has pursued research on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams and poet Emily Dickinson, among others, and his articles have appeared in such publications as The New England Quarterly, ESQ, and Literary Imagination. He is on the board of directors of The Emily Dickinson International Society, and he edits the EDIS Bulletin.
Prior to joining the Centre faculty, Manheim was a visiting professor at Bard College and an instructor at Columbia University and Barnard College.
Manheim holds an A.B. from Amherst College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia.
File last updated: 3/18/14
EXPERT: American literature — The life and writings of Henry Adams — American autobiography
Scholarly background in American Literature. Has taught major American writers, African-American literature, American autobiography, and poetry. Expertise on American historian and philosopher Henry Adams.
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.
File last updated: 8/23/17
EXPERT: Classics — Homer and the Iliad
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.
Azita Osanloo joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of English. Her special interests include the noir and pulp fiction genre, as well as translation and adaptation studies. In 2019, she was named a Centre Scholar.
She earned a B.A. in creative writing and Russian from Oberlin College, and M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from Florida State University.
File last updated 9/2/15
Stacey Peebles came to Centre in 2011. She is associate professor of English and director of the Film Studies program, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2014. She holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.
Before coming to Centre, she was the assistant director of Lloyd International Honors College at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and also worked as a professor and administrator in the Honors College of The University of Houston.
Her research areas include the representation of war and violence, film adaptation, Westerns, and the contemporary American author Cormac McCarthy. Her most recent book, Cormac McCarthy and Performance: Page, Stage, Screen (U of Texas P, 2017) explores the author’s work in theater, screenplays, and film adaptations by others. She is also the author of Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier’s Experience in Iraq (Cornell UP, 2011), which addresses stories about this recent conflict in literature, film, and new media, and she is editor of the collection Violence in Literature (Salem P, 2014).
Peebles has been editor of the Cormac McCarthy Journal (Penn State UP) since 2010 and is co-editor of the forthcoming Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy (MLA P). In 2017, she co-edited a special issue of Modern Fiction Studies called “Enduring Operations: The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq” (Johns Hopkins UP).
Recent essay publications address the use of digital vérité in Iraq War films in The Philosophy of War Films, justice in Western films for The Cambridge Companion to Literature of the American West, and contemporary war memoirs in The Many Faces of War. She is working on superhero films as war stories and a book-length study of post-2012 contemporary war literature.
At Centre, Peebles teaches courses in film and American literature, as well as Humanities I and II.
To read about Dr. Peebles’ book on the Iraq war, click here.
To read about Centre’s production of Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited, click here.
To read about Dr. Peebles’ course covering sound in film, click here.
To read about publishing internships with The Cormac McCarthy Journal, click here.
To read an interview with Dr. Peebles about “The Five Best Cormac McCarthy Books” with the website Five Books, click here.
File last updated: 9/25/19
Mark Rasmussen is Charles J. Luellen Professor of English at Centre College, where he has taught since 1989.
His teaching responsibilities at the college encompass courses in medieval and Renaissance literature (including Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Spenser, and Shakespeare), literary criticism and theory, and the history of the English language, as well as the British literature survey and first-year humanities. He says that his greatest challenges, and greatest pleasures, as a teacher come from encouraging students to connect with the literature of earlier periods, and helping them to become better writers.
A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, Rasmussen has published essays and given papers on a wide variety of medieval and Renaissance topics. His recent publications include “Shakespeare and the Critics: Rhetoric, Form, Aesthetics,” in The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (2016), as well as a critical introduction, “Jill Mann’s Patience,” to Life in Words (2014), the collected essays of the distinguished medievalist Jill Mann, a volume that he edited. Rasmussen’s other edited collection, Renaissance Literature and Its Formal Engagements (2002), has had a lasting impact within its field, renewing attention to questions of form in English Renaissance literature. His current project is a study of poetic complaint from classical antiquity to the Renaissance.
Rasmussen has been a faculty leader, having served the College as director of writing, chair of the English program and the John C. Young Scholars committee, and having chaired the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Standards during a two-year process of curriculum reform. In 2001-02, 2005-06, and 2014-15 he directed Centre’s study abroad program in Strasbourg, France, and he served as co-director of the London program in spring 2009. From 2010 to 2013 he served a three-year term as chair of the Humanities Division. He has received the Kirk award for teaching excellence, twice been named a Centre Scholar, was awarded a Stodghill Research Professorship in 2009, and was named Charles J. Luellen Professor of English in 2012. He is also on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters.
In addition to his B.A. from Harvard, Rasmussen holds an M.A. from Harvard, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
photo © Mary Stafford
File last updated: 10/12/16
EXPERT: Renaissance literature — Spenser and Chaucer — Shakespeare — History of language — Expository writing
Teaching responsibilities in British literature, medieval and Renaissance periods especially, including Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Spenser, and Shakespeare, as well as the history of the English language, literary theory, and general humanities courses. Special expertise in Chaucer, Arthurian literature, Shakespeare, and Renaissance literature. Published essays on a variety of medieval and Renaissance topics, as well as edited collection Renaissance Literature and Its Formal Engagements (2002). Most recent publication, chapter on “Complaints and Daphnaïda” in the Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser, forthcoming. Prior work experience in freelance writing and public relations.
Andrew Roche joined Centre’s faculty in 2009. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy, has served as chair of the philosophy program, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2012. He taught previously at the University of Oklahoma and Wheaton College.
His areas of specialization include Kant (theoretical philosophy), early modern philosophy, and philosophy of mind.
Roche received a B.A. in philosophy and French from Amherst College, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University.
Iulia Sprinceana, associate professor of Spanish, joined Centre in 2014.
Her teaching and research interests include Spanish language and culture, 20th and 21st century peninsular Spanish theater, 19th and 21st century peninsular Spanish literature, and performance theory.
She received a B.A. in economics and Spanish from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. in romance languages and literatures at the University of California in Berkeley.
Johann Van Niekerk joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of music. He is an active conductor, pianist, educator, writer and collaborative artist, originally from South Africa.
He earned his DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, his M.M. from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He hails originally from the Republic of South Africa and has lived in the United States since 2009.
File last updated: 9/28/15
Philip White joined the Centre College faculty in 1999. He is a professor of English, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. He had previously taught at Brigham Young University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
White’s interests have focused on Shakespeare and poetry, including poetry translation. He has published critical and scholarly work in both fields. He has won a Pushcart Prize for poetry and a Willis Barnstone Prize for poetry translation. His book of poems, The Clearing, won the 2007 Walt Macdonald award. His poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Slate, Poetry, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, Literary Imagination, Agni, New England Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere.
White holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
File last updated: 8/27/15
EXPERT: Shakespeare — Poetry
Scholarly articles published in Hellas, Twentieth Century Literature and Tudor England: An Encyclopedia. Poetry published in Antioch Review, New England Review, and elsewhere.
Lisa Williams is Paul L. Cantrell Professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Centre College, where she has taught since 2001.
Williams has published three books of poems: Gazelle in the House (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2014), Woman Reading to the Sea (2008), and The Hammered Dulcimer (1998). Since 2015, she has served as Series Editor for The University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose Series. Williams has been a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Barnard Women Poets Prize, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and an Al Smith Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Her poems have been featured in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Orion, The New Republic, Best American Poetry 2009, and on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, as well as other anthologies and magazines. Her essay-reviews of contemporary poets have appeared on The Rumpus.com, on Poetry Daily, in The Cincinnati Review, Orion, and The Hollins Critic. Originally from Nashville Tennessee, Williams received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Virginia, and her M.A. from the University of Cincinnati.
File last updated: 09/7/16