Jessica Hooten Wilson

Professor / Author / Speaker

Professor of Humanities and Classical Education

University of Dallas

About

Jessica Hooten Wilson is Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence at the University of Dallas in the Classical Education and Humanities Graduate Program. She is the author of three books: Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and The Brothers Karamazov, which received a 2018 Christianity Today book of the year awardWalker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence; and Reading Walker Percy’s Novels. In 2019 she received the Hiett Prize for Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. She is co-editor of the volume Solzhenitsyn and American Culture: The Russian Soul in the West, a collection of essays on the legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Currently, she is preparing Flannery O’Connor’s unfinished novel Why Do the Heathen Rage? for publication.

Education

Baylor University

Ph.D in Religion and Literature (2006-2009)

University of Dallas

M.A. in English (2004-2006)

Pepperdine University

B.A. in Creative Writing (2000-2004)

Employment

Louise Cowan Scholar in Residence, Humanities and Classical Education

University of Dallas, 2020-2021

Associate Professor, Humanities

John Brown University, 2013-2020

Graduate Instructor, Catholic Studies, Distance Education

University of St. Thomas, 2019

Fulbright Scholar

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014

Director, Study Abroad in London

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Spring 2013

Assistant Professor, English

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 2009-2013

Instructor of Great Texts

Honors CollegeBaylor University, 2007-2009

Honors and Awards

Hiett Prize in the Humanities Recipient 2019

The Hiett Prize in the Humanities is an annual award of $50,000 aimed at identifying candidates who are ascending in a career devoted to the humanities and whose work shows extraordinary promise to have a significant impact on contemporary culture.

Emerging Scholar in Theology and the Arts

Duke University Initiatives in Theology and the Arts

“Culture and the Arts” Book of the Year Award 2018

From Christianity Today, for Giving the Devil his Due: Flannery O’Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky, Cascade Books 2017.

Emerging Public Intellectual Award 2017

From Redeemer University College, CARDUS, Acton Institute, Henry Institute, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and Center for Public Justice.

Research Fellow

Biola University Center for Christian Thought, Grant from Templeton Trust (Fall 2017)

National Endowment for the Humanities

Summer Institute on Dante in Florence, Italy (Summer 2014)

Academic Service