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.
My new book Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind is now available! 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.
I write a more-or-less-weekly newsletter, which you may subscribe to here.
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 and (many) other writings at The New Atlantis, where I am a Contributing Editor. You can also look at a PDF of my CV.
Here are some essays I’ve published in the past few years:
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. Also, I post (mainly) photos on my micro.blog page.
If you would like to invite me to speak, first of all Thank you, but some long-term family health issues make any non-mandatory travel impossible for me. Also, truth be told, I hate public speaking and will only do it if I can't escape.
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:
- My FAQ on general policies
- A page on grades and grading
- A page explaining why I don't use Canvas
- A page on how you should behave at a lecture
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: