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Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D.

Hibbs received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in philosophy from UD and both a master’s and a doctorate in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame. He was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving to Boston College, where he taught for 13 years as full professor and chair of the philosophy department.

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has selected Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83, to serve as the university’s ninth president. The first alumnus of UD to be president, Hibbs has served as dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University since 2003.

Hibbs has spent most of his career writing, teaching and designing/implementing academic programs; he has 30 published academic articles, and two are forthcoming. He has written, edited or provided introductions for 12 books. including three on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. He has also written more than 200 movie reviews and dozens of essays and book reviews for publications such as National Review, Catholic World Report, First Things, The Weekly Standard and others.


University of Dallas, B.A.
University of Dallas, M.A. 
University of Notre Dame, M.A.

University of Notre Dame, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Thomas Aquinas
Philosophy of religion
Medieval philosophy

Selected Publications

Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017.

Arts of Darkness: American Noir and the Quest for Redemption. Minneapolis: Richard Vigilante Books, 2008.

Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice. Indiana University Press, 2007.

Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good. Fordham University Press, 2001.

Shows About Nothing: Nihilism in Popular Culture. 2d ed. Dallas: Spence Publishing, 2000.

Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles. University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.