New faculty join Centre College for 2019-20

Centre College is proud to welcome 19 new full-time faculty members from across all three academic divisions, all of whom add to the quality, strength, diversity and curiosity that defines a Centre education. The campus community looks forward to their many contributions in teaching, scholarship and service.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Ellen Goldey is excited that these respected members of their specialized fields have chosen to share their knowledge with future generations of Centre leaders.

“I am pleased to welcome such a talented group of new colleagues to Centre College,” Goldey says. “Their diverse backgrounds, training and experiences further enrich our community and our students’ education.

“As a newcomer myself, I have enjoyed being a member of this cohort and sharing our collective enthusiasm for being at Centre College.”

Division I: Humanities

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Peter Haffner, Assistant Professor of Art History
Haffner received a B.A. in art history from Bard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from UCLA. His research focuses on the production, sale, collection and exhibition of art made in Haiti and its connections with tourism.

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Alicia Juncos, Visiting Instructor of Spanish
Juncos received 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 at the University of Kentucky. Her areas of specialty include corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis and translation studies.

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Dinidu Karunanayake, Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Karunanayake holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Miami University, and a B.A. in English from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. His research concentrates on Asian American literature, human rights, memory and diaspora studies.

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David King, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
King earned a B.F.A. in glass at The Ohio State University, and an M.F.A. in glass at Temple University. He makes objects, installations and drawings that address the transiency of human perception.

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Byron McCane, Professor of Religion
McCane holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. in religion from Duke University. Before coming to Centre, he taught at Duke, Washington & Lee, and Wofford. His research explores the archaeology of religion, and he has excavated in Israel, Jordan and Rome. Currently, he co-directs the excavation at Horvat Kur in northern Israel.

Division II: Social Studies

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Mauricio Castro, Assistant Professor of History
Castro has a B.A. in history from Vassar College, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University. His areas of professional expertise include Latino studies, and political and urban history.

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Christopher Faulkner, Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies
Faulkner received a B.A. in political science, M.P.A., and M.A. in Conflict Management and Resolution from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He earned his Ph.D. in Security Studies at the University of Central Florida. His research and teaching interests include civil conflict, human rights/security and civil-military relations.

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Jaclyn Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
Johnson earned a B.A. in political science at the University of Tennessee, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of Kentucky. Her research and teaching interests include military mutinies, civil military relations, civil conflict, pro-democracy protest events, protest diffusion, Latin American politics, and quantitative methods.

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Ryan Lloyd, Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies
Lloyd earned a B.A. at Kenyon College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include comparative political behavior, political clientelism, mass politics, comparative party systems, Latin American politics, Brazilian politics, and social science methodology.

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Nathan Meissner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Meissner received a B.A. in anthropology from St. Cloud University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His research and teaching interests include material culture, complex societies, Mesoamerica, North America, economic anthropology, colonialism, social network analysis, long-distance exchange, lithic analysis and quantitative methods.

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Rahim Mohamed, Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies
Mohamed earned a B.A. in political science at the University of British Columbia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teaching and research interests include comparative political economy, social policy and welfare states, varieties of capitalism, oil and politics, development and change, Canadian politics, and qualitative and mixed methods.

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Jeffrey Shenton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Shenton received a B.A. in English and French from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Vanderbilt University. His teaching specializations include cultural anthropology, environmental anthropology, cultural and political ecology, cognitive anthropology, anthropology of religion, and indigenous Latin America.

Division III: Science and Mathematics

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Ellen Goldey, Professor of Biology, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College 
Goldey received a B.S. in biology from the University of the South, and an M.S. in zoology and a Ph.D. in zoology and ecology from Miami University. She is a teacher-scholar and administrator who places a premium on creating a collaborative, creative and inclusive culture.

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Brian Hoven, Visiting Instructor of Biology 
Hoven earned a B.S. and an M.S. in conservation biology at the State University of New York (SUNY), and is a Ph.D. candidate in ecology, evolution and environmental biology at Miami University.

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Lucas Hoots, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics 
Hoots earned a B.S. in mathematics and philosophy at Centre College, as well as an M.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics at the University of Louisville.

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Sally Seraphin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience 
Seraphin earned a B.S. in psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, an M.Sc. in human biology at Exeter College of Oxford University (UK) and a Ph.D. in anthropology at Emory University’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience. She studies the evolutionary developmental neuroethology of stress.

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Vanessa Song, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Song received a B.S. in chemistry from Centre College, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Kentucky. She worked for the Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis group at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research with a study focused on heterogeneous catalysis for biomass upgrade.

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Joseph Styga, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology 
Styga earned a B.S. in fisheries and wildlife at the University of Georgia, an M.S. in biology at the University of Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in biology at the University of Alabama. His research includes functional, developmental and genetic constraints among fitness-related performance characteristics and associated morphology.

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Jessica Taylor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology 
Taylor received a B.S. exercise science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in biomedical science from the University of Missouri.