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.
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
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
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.
Jason Doroga came to Centre in 2013 as assistant professor of Spanish.
His scholarly interests include historical syntax and morphology, semantics and pragmatics, and Spanish/Portuguese contact and language acquisition.
Doroga received a B.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Dallas, an M.A. in Spanish language and literature from the University of Texas-Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Hispano-romance philology/linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
File last updated: 08/19/15
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
Alicia Juncos joined the Centre College faculty in 2019 as visiting instructor of Spanish.
Juncos’ areas of specialty include corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and translation studies.
Juncos earned a B.A. in English studies and an M.A. in Lingüística Inglesa from Universidad Complutense, and earned an M.A. and is a Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky.
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
Iulia Sprinceana joined Centre as assistant professor of Spanish 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.