Film and Popular Culture

Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D.

Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D.

Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, where he oversees a number of interdisciplinary programs, including the Honors Program, Great Texts, University Scholars and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. His areas of expertise include film and popular culture and contemporary virtue ethics.

Hibbs has made more than 100 appearances on local, regional and national radio and television to provide commentary on film and culture and regularly reviews films for National Review Online and The Weekly Standard. He also has written about film, culture, books and higher education for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Books and Culture, Christianity Today, First Things and The Catholic World Report.

Hibbs' books include Shows About Nothing (Baylor University Press, 2012), which analyzes the "something about nothing" in films, and TV shows from Harry Potter and Avatar to Mad Men and Seinfeld; Arts of Darkness: American Noir and The Lost Code of Redemption (Spence Publications, 2007), in which Hibbs looks at the philosophy and theology of these dark films to reveal a subtle but profound insistence on the reality of redemption; and Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (Fordham University Press, 2001), a take on the recovery of the ethics of virtue.

Hibbs received his bachelor's and master's degrees in literature and philosophy from the University of Dallas and master's and doctoral degrees in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame.

To interview Dr. Hibbs, contact Lori Fogleman, (254) 710-6275, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.