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Bernadette Waterman Ward, Ph.D.

Bernadette Waterman Ward earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University.  Her research interests include Gerard Manley Hopkins and John Henry Newman. 

She was tenured at the State University of New York before admiration for the Core Curriculum brought her to the University of Dallas in 2000.  She has written World as Word:  Philosophical Theology in Gerard Manley Hopkins (Catholic University of America, 2002) and dozens of articles on both nineteenth-century British writers and twentieth-century Americans.  She is on the editorial boards of The Hopkins Quarterly and the Newman Studies Journal.  She is a member of the board of directors for both the Newman Association of America and University Faculty for Life.  In her spare time, she teaches English to immigrants as a volunteer.  She also enjoys hiking and mountaineering with her husband and children. 

Areas of Expertise



  • A.B. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Stanford University

Recent Courses

  • Literary Tradition I, II, III, IV
  • Romantic Tradition
  • English Romanticism
  • Hopkins and Philosophy
  • Medieval Literature
  • Literary Study II: Prose Fiction
  • Newman and His Circle
  • Hopkins and His Circle
  • Introduction to Literary Study
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • George Eliot

Research Interests

  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • John Henry Newman
  • Epistemology, especially in relation to Romanticism
  • Christian theology in literature, and especially the theology of John Duns Scotus
  • Writing verse drama
  • The critical work of Rene Girard
  • Nineteenth century English literature in general, especially poetry and argumentative prose

Selected Publications

Essay: On Catholic Fiction.  Tuscany Press, 2012. 

World as Word: Philosophical Theology in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, January, 2002, Catholic University of America Press

"Abortion as a Sacrament: Mimetic Desire and Sacrifice in Sexual Politics" Contagion, 2000, 18-36.

"The Way to Evolution Valley," Life and Learning X, Conference Proceedings of University Faculty for Life, 2000, pp. 1-14.

"Hopkins on Hell in the Terrible Sonnets," Proceedings of the 1996 Northeast Conference on Christianity and Literature, November 1997.

"Ernest Renan's Averroism in the Religious Thought of Matthew Arnold," Nineteenth Century Prose 22:1 (Spring 1995) 34-53.

 Critical Essays on John Henry Newman, ed. Ed Block (ELS Monograph Series,55). Victoria, B.C.: English Literary Studies, 1992.


Evolution Valley, a full-length play:

(informal or partial reading) New York, New York, February 16, 2002, Franciscan University of Steubenville, August 25, 1999.

(full reading, with cast) SUNY Oswego, NY, April 19, 2000, Trinity University, Deerfield, IL, June 4, 1999.