B.A. (1987), Cardinal Glennon College; M.A. (1996),
St. Louis University; M.Div. (1998), Jesuit School of Theology; Ph.D. (2003), Graduate Theological Union Interdisciplinary Studies in Theology and Literature
Teaching and Research Interests:
20th-Century American and British Literature; the Catholic Literary Tradition; Aesthetics, Art, and the Religious Imagination
“The Apocalyptic Imagination in Oryx and Crake.” In Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. Edited by Brooks Bouson. (London: Continuum Press, 2010) 156-171.
“Flannery O’Connor as Baroque Artist: Theological and Literary Strategies.” Renascence: Essays on Values and Literature, 62:1 (Fall 2009) 41-61.
“George Bernanos and Francis Poulenc: Catholic Convergences in Dialogues of the Carmélites.” LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, (spring 2009) 17-39.
“Introduction to Graham Greene’s The Honorary Consul.” Penguin Classics Edition, 2008.
"George Bernanos and Francis Poulenc: Catholic Convergences in Dialogues of the Carmelites." LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Spring 2009.
"The Honorary Consul and Monsignor Quixote: Charting the Post-Vatican II 'Catholic' Novel." Lonely Without God: Graham Greene's Quixotic Journey of Faith. Ed. William Thomas Hill. (Bethesda, MD: Academia Press, LLC, 2008) 209-22.
"Erik Langkjaer: The One Flannery 'Used to Go With.'" The Flannery O'Connor Review. Volume 5, 2007: 44-55.
Academic Novels as Satire: Critical Studies of an Emerging Genre. Co-editor with Kimberly Rae Connor. New York: Edwin Mellen P, 2007.
Graham Greene's Catholic Imagination. Oxford UP, 2005.
"Flannery O'Connor as Baroque Artist: Theological and Literary Strategies."
"Charting a Post-Vatican II Catholic Literary Imagination in America" upcoming ms.
Recent Invited Lectures:
Seattle University: “Flannery O’Connor and Caravaggio? Strategies of the Catholic Baroque.” The John LeRoux Endowed Chair Lecture. Feb. 24, 2011,
University of Washington: “Men of Paradox: G.K. Chesterton and Graham Greene.” The G.K. Chesterton Society of Seattle Lecture. January 20, 2011.
The Graham Greene Festival. Berkhamsted. “Graham Greene: Catholic Literary Modernist.” Keynote Address. England, Oct 2, 2009.
Director of LUC Catholic Studies Minor