LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
Academic Program at Centre College
Genny Ballard, an Associate 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.
File last updated: 8/18/17
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
Laura Chinchilla joined Centre in 2015 as assistant professor of Spanish.
Her research and teaching interests include detective and crime fiction and film in Spanish America and Brazil; film and media studies, global genres; culture and neoliberalism; and narconarratives.
Chinchilla received a B.A. in French and Francophone studies from Louisiana State University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in comparative and world literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
File updated 9/2/15
Willie Costley is assistant professor of Spanish. He joined Centre’s faculty in 2013.
His research interests include U.S. Latina/o literature, border studies, nativism, visual culture, digital humanities, and new media studies. His dissertation analyzes how vigilante organizations circulate anti-immigrant rhetoric on the Internet and how their messages influence representations of immigrants in the “old media.” He is currently investigating the shift of the anti-immigrant movement from dedicated websites to social media platforms and the resurgence of vigilante groups along the Texas-Mexico border.
Costley received a B.A. in Spanish and English from Centre College, an M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Arizona.
File last updated: 9/4/13
Robyn Cutright joined Centre’s faculty in 2009. She is Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of Anthropology, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2013.
Her research interests include household archaeology, anthropology and archaeology of food and cuisine, complex societies, gender studies, paleoethnobotany, and archaeology of the Andes and coastal Peru.
Cutright received a B.A. in anthropology and Spanish from Lawrence University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh.
To read about her 2012 CentreTerm course, “Pyramids & Politics: Exploring Peru’s Prehispanic Past,” click here.
To read about her 2011 CentreTerm course, “Aliens, Atlantis, and Archaeology,” click here.
To read about the 2009 archeological dig in which Dr. Cutright’s class took part, click here.
File last updated: 7/15/19
Satty Flaherty-Echeverría joined the faculty of Centre College in 2016 as assistant professor of Spanish.
Her research and teaching interests include Afro-descendants’ literature and cultural production in the Caribbean and Latin America, African literatures written in Spanish and Portuguese, Colonial/Postcolonial literatures, Race and Black intellectualism in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. She will be co-directing the 2018 Centre Term in Brazil.
Flaherty-Echeverría earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
File last updated: 8/30/2017
Mark Galatowitsch joined Centre’s faculty in 2015 as assistant professor of biology. In 2019, he was named a Centre Scholar.
His research focuses on the strategies aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates use to exploit dynamic environments. Galatowitsch uses a combination of extensive field surveys, field and laboratory experiments, and population genetics to test hypotheses in ecology and evolution. He has studied life-histories of generalist aquatic insects that exist across New Zealand permanent lakes and unpredictable temporary ponds, mass mayfly nymph migrations from Georgia river channels to seasonal floodplain wetlands, and leafhopper behavioral responses to predatory birds in Costa Rica. He enjoys mentoring research students keen to study entomology, freshwater ecology, and applied environmental science topics.
Galatowitsch received a B.S. in biology from Allegheny College, an M.S. in entomology from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Canterbury.
File last updated 9/14/15
Chantell Smith Limerick joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 and is assistant professor of Spanish.
Limerick’s research interests include Contemporary Latin American Narrative, Afro-Hispanic Studies and African Diaspora Studies. Her most recent presentations and publications investigate African diasporic writers from as early as the 16th century to contemporary times. Her dissertation project, entitled “(Re)writing the Nation in the American African Diaspora,” compares and contrasts works of historical fiction written by women of color in the U.S. and Latin America.
Limerick earned a B.S. in secondary education language arts and secondary education Spanish at The University of Alabama, an M.A. in Hispanic studies at Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in romance languages at the University of Georgia.
File last updated: 6/26/17
Marie Petkus joined Centre’s faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of economics and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011. She was appointed Ewing T. Boles Associate Professor of Economics in 2016, and received the Kirk Award for excellence in teaching in 2019.
Petkus regularly teaches principles of economics, econometrics, and industrial organization. She has also taught intermediate microeconomics, game theory, international trade, mathematical economics, environmental economics, and developed courses for study abroad programs. In 2014 she directed Centre’s study abroad program in Merida, Mexico and has since co-directed two CentreTerm programs to Cuba (2017, 2019). In addition, Petkus has taught on the Kentucky Institute for International Studies programs to Yucatan, Mexico (2018), and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018).
Her primary research interests are economic education and experimental economics, with publications in the Journal of Economic Education. Her current research examines the impact of socioeconomic differences on social preferences. For her dissertation, Petkus measured the price response of Illinois landfill owners to changes in competition arising from a new environmental regulation.
Before coming to Centre, Petkus was a lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Department of Economics. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in economics and mathematical statistics. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
File last updated: 11/18/19