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Centre welcomes new faculty members for 2013-14 academic year


September 5, 2013 By Mariel Smith        
Centre College

This semester, Centre welcomes numerous faculty from across all three divisions, including professors of Spanish, French, classics, philosophy, Japanese, history, economics, politics, environmental studies, sociology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology and biology.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean Stephanie Fabritius praises the new faculty's diverse expertise and skill-sets.

“I'm excited about this group,” she says. “Many of the faculty members not only add breadth and depth within their specific discipline but also contribute to many of our interdisciplinary programs; this ability to reach across programs and disciplines is the true essence of a liberal arts education.”





DIVISION I: HUMANITIES



Daniel Arbino is an assistant professor of Spanish. He received a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese and an M.A. in Hispanic literature from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Lusophone literatures, cultures and linguistics from the University of Minnesota.

Daniel Arbino

Lynn Celdrán is a visiting assistant professor of Spanish. Celdrán received a B.A. in sociology and Spanish from Marshall University, an M.A.T. in education from Marshall Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky.

Lynn Celdran

Willie Costley is a visiting instructor of Spanish. Costley received his B.A. in Spanish and English from Centre College, an M.A. in Spanish from Bowling Green State University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish at the University of Arizona.

Willie Costley, William Costley

Emily Cranford is a visiting instructor of French and humanities. Her scholarly interests include early modern French literature, French and Francophone women writers, early modern gender wars, travel literature, masculinity studies and gender and queer theory. Cranford received her B.A. in French, English and women's studies from Wake Forest University. She received an M.A. in, and is a Ph.D. candidate for, romance languages and literatures (French and Francophone studies) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Emily Cranford

Jason Doroga is an 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 is finishing a Ph.D. in Hispano-romance philology/linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jason Doroga

Danielle La Londe is an assistant professor of classics. Her scholarly interests include late republican and imperial Latin poetry, politics in Latin literature, and late republican and imperial Roman visual culture. La Londe received a B.A. in classical studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in classics from New York University. Most recently, she taught as a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College.

Danielle LaLonde

Scott Williams is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy. Williams received his B.A. in classics and English literature from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in philosophy of religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an M.St. and Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and theology from the University of Oxford. Most recently, he taught as a visiting assistant professor at Azusa Pacific College.

Scott Williams

Miyabi “Abbie” Yamamoto is a visiting assistant professor of Japanese. Yamamoto's teaching and research interests include Japanese and Korean language, literature and culture; gender and childhood studies; minority studies; and performance and narrative. She received a B.A. from Barnard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Japanese language from the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, she was a visiting assistant professor at Hamilton College.

Miyabi Yamamoto





DIVISION II: SOCIAL STUDIES



John Harney is an 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, and Catholicism and Catholic communities in twentieth century China. Harney received his 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, Sheffield, U.K., and a Ph.D. in modern East Asian history from the University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, he was a visiting assistant professor at De Paul University.

John Harney

Jason Rastovski is an assistant professor of economics. Rastovski received a B.A. in arts, entertainment and media management from Columbia College Chicago, M.A.s in economics from both DePaul University and the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Jason Rastovski

Lia Rohr is a visiting assistant professor of politics. Rohr's research interests include American politics, specifically, as it applies to gender, campaigns and elections, the media, and legislative and political methodology. She received a B.A. in history from the University of Arizona, and earned an M.A. a Ph.D. in political science from Southern Illlinois University.

Lia Rohr

Brett Werner returns to Centre as an assistant professor of environmental studies after having formerly taught at Centre as an Associated Colleges of the South/Mellon-funded Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Environmental Studies from 2009-2011. He received a B.A. from Saint Olaf College in mathematics and models of the environment, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in rhetoric and scientific and technical communications from the University of Minnesota. Most recently, he was an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Brett Werner

Kaelyn Wiles is an assistant professor of sociology. Her scholarly interests include the sociology of health and illness and environmental sociology. Wiles received a B.A. in biology from Oberlin College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Most recently, Wiles was a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in Sociology at Grinnell College.

Kaelyn Wiles




DIVISION III: SCIENCE and MATHEMATICS



Heather Bass is a visiting assistant professor of chemistry. Bass received a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee.

Heather Bass

Rasitha Jayasekare is a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. Her scholarly interests include data mining, statistics, cryptography and operations research. Jayasekare received a B.Sc. in applied sciences from Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, an M.Sc. in industrial mathematics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura-Sri Lanka, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in applied and industrial mathematics from the University of Louisville.

Rasitha Jayasekare

Sun Park is a visiting assistant professor of psychology. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, an M.A. in psychology at the University of Dayton, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northeastern University.

Sun Park

Scott Shreve is a visiting assistant professor of biology. Shreve received a B.S. in zoology from Miami University, and earned an M.A. and is a Ph.D. candidate in entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Scott Shreve

Karin Young is an assistant professor of chemistry. Young received her B.A. in chemistry and English from The University of Tulsa, and an M.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Yale University.

Karin Young



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