Patrick H. Keats


Academic Dean

Associate Professor
English Language and Literature

Where were you educated?
B.A., Columbia College
M.A., American University
Ph.D., Catholic University of America

What classes do you teach?
I have taught just about everything offered in the English curriculum, with the exception of the classes in Old and Middle/Medieval English: Literature of Western Civilization I, II & III, The English Novel, The American Novel, The Catholic Literary Revival, Foundations of American Literature, Modern British and American Literature

What is your favorite class to teach?
Several! For the core, I especially enjoy English 101 and 202, enabling me to catch the freshmen as they are entering the college and the sophomores as they are completing the English core curriculum. Among upper level classes, favorites would be English Novel, American Novel, and Survey of American Literature.

Do you have any hobbies?
In sports, I love Golf, Tennis, and Speed-walking. I am a theater and cinema buff, and especially enjoy reading up on the great directors, film critics, and actors. I love classic films in particular. Recently, I have become a co-founder/producer with Mirandum Pictures, an independent film company.

What do you like most about Christendom?
I especially love the cheerful inculcation of the life of prayer with pursuit of excellence in Academics and Extracurricular Activities. Christendom works best when faculty, students, and staff pray together, work together, and celebrate together in an atmosphere of charity and good humor.

What are your areas of expertise and/or research?
Authors that especially interest me would include Dickens, Chesterton, and Oscar Wilde, in addition to authors as different as Jane Austen and Raymond Chandler, T.S. Eliot and Bram Stoker.

Where have you been published?
I have written/published articles on Bernard Malamud, Robert Browning, G.K. Chesteron, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde. Currently I am working on a series of articles dealing with American Cinema (directors and actors).

What kind of professional activities and associations are you active in?
The Chesterton Society of North America, Mirandum Films, The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.

Contact Information:
Dr. Patrick Keats
34 Christendom Dr.
Front Royal, VA 22630
W: 800.877.5456 ext. 1327
H: 540.636.3604
F: 540.636.1655
pkeats@christendom.edu