Alan Jacobs, Ph.D.

Alan Jacobs, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program
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Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia (1987)
  • B.A., University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa (1980)


Dr. Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University. He began teaching at Baylor in 2013 and is a Resident Fellow of Baylor’s Institute for the Studies of Religion. Prior to his time at Baylor, Dr. Jacobs taught at Wheaton College in Illinois for twenty-nine years. He earned a B.A. from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Jacobs is the author of many books including, most recently, How To Think and The Year of Our Lord 1943. His next book is called Breaking Bread with the Dead: The Case for Temporal Bandwidth (Penguin Press). More information about his research interests and writing may be found here: visit his website.

Academic Interests and Research

  • Modern British and British Commonwealth literature
  • Christian Theology and Literature
  • Literature and Religion
  • Literary Theory and the History of Criticism
  • Technologies of Reading, Writing and Research

Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and Fellowships

  • Visiting Writer, Seattle Pacific University MFA Program in Creative Writing (2009)
  • Visiting Pprofessor, Regent College Graduate School, Vancouver, British Columbia, (Summer 2006)
  • Visiting professor, Evangelical Churches of West Africa (ECWA) Seminary, Igbaja, Kwara State, Nigeria (Summer 1991).
  • Coordinator, Wheaton College Faculty Faith and Learning Program (1999-2006)
  • Director, Wheaton-in-England (summer study abroad program) 2000 and 1996
  • Co-director, Wheaton-in-England 2011 and 1994.

Selected Books

Recent Essays

View Dr. Jacob’s CV

Honors Program

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