Dr. Kristen Drahos Appointed Assistant Professor of Theology in Great Texts
“Dr. Drahos distinguished herself almost immediately in what was a deep and excellent pool of candidates,” said Dr. Barry Harvey, Professor of Theology in Great Texts and chair of the search committee who recommended Drahos. “Her publications are extensive and well-researched, dealing with important and timely topics and figures. In addition, her writing demonstrates the kind of cross-disciplinary focus and breadth that makes her an exemplary fit for the Great Texts program, both in her scholarly endeavors and in her teaching.”Drahos holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology, a Master of Theological Studies in Theology, and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Her areas of specialization are in Christianity and modern continental philosophy, and her first book, Dark Beauty: A Cruciform Aesthetics, is currently under review by the University of Notre Dame Press. “We look forward to the energy and range of interests Kristen will bring to Great Texts that both students and her colleagues should find intriguing,” Harvey said. “Students will experience someone who is both winsome and challenging, and those who respond positively will find themselves all the richer, both intellectually and spiritually, for the effort.” Dr. Drahos comes to the Honors College after serving as Chair of the Theology department and Assistant Professor of Theology at Briar Cliff University. Prior to her time at Briar Cliff, Drahos began her teaching career at Carthage College. Drahos is married to Alejandro Castrillón, who is a new addition to the BIC faculty, and they both look forward to living in Waco and joining the Baylor family. “When I first saw this position advertised, I knew immediately this was something I wanted to pursue,” Drahos said. “Baylor is deeply connected to its mission and the Great Texts department is asking the deepest questions about what it means to be a human being living a good life. I am so delighted to have been chosen and cannot wait to dig more into my research and begin teaching a wonderful group of students.” Please join us in welcoming Dr. Drahos to the Honors College!