Hello. My name is Alan Jacobs. I am Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

I write a more-or-less-weekly newsletter, which you may subscribe to here.

My most recent book is called Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind. You may get a brief preview of it by reading this excerpt. Just click or tap on the image below to visit the book's home page, where you can choose a way to purchase it.


My previous book is called The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis.

Before that I published How to Think. And before that came The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and a critical edition of Auden’s long poem The Age of Anxiety (both Princeton University Press, 2013). You can find a list of my books here. You can also look at a PDF of my CV.

Here are some essays I’ve published in the past few years:

  • “The School for Scale” at The Hedgehog Review
  • “What Is Cosmotechnics?” in The New Atlantis
  • “Everything Is Illuminated” (on William Blake), at Harper's
  • “Patience” (on Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life), at The Point
  • “Raising Kael” at Literary Hub
  • “After Technopoly” in The New Atlantis
  • “Prophet of the Human-Built World: An Introduction to John Ruskin” in Comment
  • “Creating Conservative Universities Is Not the Answer” at The Atlantic's Ideas page
  • “Thomas Merton, the Monk Who Became a Prophet” at The New Yorker
  • “The Question without a Solution” in The Weekly Standard
  • “Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future” in The Hedgehog Review
  • “Outside In” in Comment
  • “Ecclesial Plurality” in Pro Ecclesia
  • “Wokeness and Myth on Campus” in The New Atlantis
  • “Filth Therapy: A Cunning Word” in Comment
  • “Automata, Animal-Machines, and Us” originally at Education & Culture
  • “When Character No Longer Counts” in National Affairs
  • “The Witness of Literature: A Geneaological Sketch” in The Hedgehog Review
  • “The Watchmen: What Became of the Christian Intellectuals?” in Harper's
  • “Renewing the University” in National Affairs
  • About social media: I am largely absent. Here’s my personal blog, and here’s a kind of guide to the main themes of the blog.

    If you would like to invite me to speak, first of all Thank you, but I have officially retired from public speaking, whether in person or by Zoom. (Pre-existing commitments excepted.) I have much to think about and much to write, and a dwindling supply of years in which to pursue those tasks.

    If you would like to meet with me, or you want me to read your manuscript, please read this.

    If you are a student of mine, here are some pages for you to look at:

    If you want my advice about going to graduate school in English or the other humanities, here it is.

    Here are a few other online places where you can find my writing: