Kathleen Kirsch, PhD
- Assistant Professor of Classics and Catholic Studies
- Director of the Summer Latin Institute
A Minnesota native and the oldest of five, my education and formation inspired in me a love of truth and a desire to learn. As an educator, I strive to pass on those gifts. In addition to my scholarship and teaching, I love to sing, to hike, to bake, to discover new cuisines, and to live up to my vocation to be the glory of God as a (wo)man fully alive (cf. St. Iranaeus). In my travels, I’ve visited or lived in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, and Spain.
Why I’m At Mary
I firmly believe in the mutual complementarity of natural and divine revelation and I see the purpose of education as the liberation of the mind for a more profound encounter with truth. With a joint appointment in Classics and Catholic Studies, I enable students to explore the dialogue between classical/pagan and Romano-Christian literature and culture.
My specialty is fourth-century Christian Latin poetry, especially the work of Prudentius. In my research, I show how he articulated his faith in language and imagery comprehensible to his contemporaries. In this way, he engaged in a “New Evangelization” in his era. My secondary research area is manuscript studies, especially paleography and textual criticism.
BA: Ave Maria University, 2011
MA: Catholic University of America, 2014
PhD: Catholic University of America, 2019