Thomas Hibbs, M.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Distinguished Scholar
Baylor University

Thomas Hibbs is Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture at Baylor University, where he oversees a number of interdisciplinary programs. Hibbs also serves as a Faculty Mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program. Hibbs earned bachelor’s and master’s in philosophy and literature at the University of Dallas. He also received a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Notre Dame for medieval studies. Prior to his tenure at Baylor, Hibbs was full professor and department chair in philosophy at Boston College (BC), where he taught for 13 years. At BC, he also served on the Steering Committee for BC’s Initiative for the Future of the Church and on the Sub-Committee on Catholic Sexual Teaching. Hibbs’s interdisciplinary work includes the fields of medieval philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, and philosophy and popular culture. His popular course on Nihilism in American Culture was featured in a Boston Globe article. Hibbs has introduced texts by African-American authors (Douglass and DuBois) and female authors (Wollstonecraft, Woolf, and Flannery O’Connor) into core curriculum courses, and his graduate courses have been cross-listed in the departments of religion and political science.

Dr. Hibbs’ scholarly publications provide philosophical and theological reflections on virtue, law, and liberal education. His penetrating insights into and reviews of film, popular culture, and Higher Education are in widespread demand, appearing in such publications as Books and Culture, Christianity Today, First Things, New Atlantis, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His books include Virtue’s Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good, Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture, Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles, and Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption.