Dean of the Honors College, Director of Baylor in Washington, and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture
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.
Assistant Director of Baylor in Washington, Associate Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program
Dr. Corey studied law and jurisprudence at Old College, Edinburgh before taking up graduate work in political philosophy. His M.A. and Ph.D. are from Louisiana State University, home of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies, where he worked closely with Cecil Eubanks, Ellis Sandoz and Jim Stoner.
While in graduate school, he won a Richard M. Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellowship (DAAD) for Research in Germany. He spent the entire 2000-2001 academic year at the Universität Heidelberg, studying German and writing a dissertation on the Greek Sophists.
Dr. Corey began teaching while a graduate student at LSU. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2002 and has won eight teaching awards. In 2010 he held the Bell Distinguished Visiting Professor Chair at the University of Tulsa, where he delivered the annual Bell Lecture on the western just war tradition.
He is the author of two books, The Just War Tradition (2012) and The Sophists in Plato’s Dialogues (2015). He has written more than a dozen articles in such venues as the Review of Politics, History of Political Thought, Modern Age, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, and the Cambridge Dictionary of Political Thought.
His current project, Political Philosophy Against Ideology, is a study of the loss of healthy political association in the United States due to the rise of ideology.
Dr. Corey is closely affiliated with a number of institutes and foundations. He is a Faculty Associate at the John Jay Institute, a Research Fellow for the Institute for the Study of American Civic Literacy, and a Peer Reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Baylor in Washington Program Coordinator
Grant Jones serves as the Baylor in Washington Program Coordinator for the Washington, D.C. Initiative housed in the Baylor University Honors College. He works strategically with students, faculty members, and administration officials to coordinate Baylor University's progress toward an ever-expanding presence in Washington, D.C.
Grant graduated from Baylor with a degree in international studies in the spring of 2015 with a minor in business administration and a pre-law focus. He is also a graduate of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core program within the Honors College.
Grant's current areas of personal study include: domestic and international politics, social innovation and entrepreneurship, terrorism, human trafficking, and poltical philosophy.