Nathan Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Catholic Studies


Dr. Nathan Kilpatrick hails from Ventura, California, and studied English and theology as an undergraduate student. After working in a variety of fields post-graduation, he pursued his doctoral degree in religion and literature at Baylor University, where he studied modern and contemporary American literature and its influence on religious experience, focusing primarily on Catholic novelists since Vatican II. His publications have sought to understand mission work in Africa, medieval hagiography, apocalyptic narratives, ironies of suffering, and confessional characteristics of the Catholic imagination, and his works have appeared in such journals as Religion and Literature, Christianity and Literature, Belief and Literature, and Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture.

He joined the University of Mary in 2014 and has taught in a variety of fields since arriving. However, Kilpatrick’s real passion is service to students, and he regularly spends his days mentoring and talking with the students at the University of Mary during office hours, in the Gregorian Scholars Honors program, in the Catholic Men’s House on campus, and in the Lilly Graduate Fellows program. In recognition of this service, Kilpatrick has won teaching awards from Baylor University’s graduate school, Baylor University’s English program, the Robert Cherry Foundation, and the University of Mary student body.