Andrea Abrams
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology


Andrea Abrams came to Centre in 2007 as Centre's first Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges Postdoctoral Fellow.  Before coming to Centre, Abrams taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Spelman College. Her research focuses on racial and gender issues in the South.  Abrams has a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Agnes Scott College. She earned an M.A. in anthropology, a graduate certificate in women's studies and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University





Sarah Goodrum
Assistant Professor of Sociology


Goodrum is an assistant professor of sociology at Centre College. She was named a Centre Scholar in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty in 2003, she was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky. Goodrumís teaching and research interests include criminology, sociology of law, sociology of emotions, and research methods. She has had articles published in Sociological Inquiry, Sociological Focus, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, and the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Goodrum holds a B.A. in Sociology from Texas A&M University and a Masterís and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 she organized the RICE (Research, Internships, and Creative Endeavors) Symposium at Centre.



A. Endre Nyerges
Professor of Anthropology


Endre Nyerges joined the Centre College faculty in 1997 as a visiting professor. He was named associate professor of anthropology the following year, and a Centre Scholar in 2004. In 2007, he was awarded a Stodghill Research Professor leave of absence. A veteran of ethnographic and ecological research in Africa and the Middle East, Nyerges has an edited volume of scholarly work in ecological anthropology and has published extensively in scholarly books and journals. Nyerges holds a B.A. from Earlham College, with majors in Biology and Philosophy, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.




Phyllis Passariello
W. George Matton Professor of Anthropology


Phyllis Passariello is professor of anthropology at Centre College, where she has taught since 1988. She started Centre's anthropology and sociology program. A veteran of extensive field experience with the Maya and other peoples of Mexico, as well as several other areas of Latin America including Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala and Belize, Passariello has developed a strong interest in the anthropology of tourism. She is equally energetic at teaching, research and field work. Passareillo has a B.A. from Barnard College, where she earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow during her doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley.



Program Chair

William J. "Beau" Weston
Van Winkle Professor of Sociology



Beau Weston joined the faculty at Centre College in 1990. He is an energetic and active teacher, known for getting involved in the lives and activities of his students on campus.  He runs an annual summer "theory camp" for select students. His signature course is Introduction to Family Life. Weston has a special interest in the sociology of religion, especially in the Presbyterian Church, and in the "creative class." Born in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Weston earned a B.A. with high honors from Swarthmore College and subsequently completed an M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University.