The Department of English and Theatre welcomed Joshua Hren as an assistant professor of English in 2016. In the two years prior, he worked as an assistant professor of English and Catholic studies at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Also, since 2013, he served as founder and editor-in-chief of Wiseblood Books, a small press that primarily publishes poetry and fiction.
Hren has also been managing editor of the publication Dappled Things: A Quarterly of Ideas, Art, and Faith since 2012. His areas of expertise include religion and literature, political philosophy and fiction, and classical rhetoric. He holds a PhD in English (2012), a master’s degree in English (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in literary criticism (2005), all from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.