Dennis Kinlaw, III, PhD

Assistant Professor of English


  • PhD, Literature and Theology, University of St. Andrews, 7th-Century Fellowship
  • MLitt, Literature and Theology, University of St. Andrews, 2013
  • BA, Humanities, Harvard University, 2008

Courses Taught

  • Basic Grammar & Composition
  • Honors College Expository Writing
  • Writing for Wisdom (Spring 2017)
  • Walking to Piraeus: The Ancient Greek World
  • Faith, Reason & Romance: The Medieval & Renaissance Worlds
  • Enlightenment & Modernity

Teaching Focus

Denny Kinlaw is an Assistant Professor in the English Department and member of the Honors College at Houston Baptist University. His research and teaching areas include twentieth and twenty-first century American fiction, literary theory, theology, great texts, and hermeneutics.


  • “‘A Strange Kind of Slavery’: David Foster Wallace’s Enslaved Self,” in Theologies of Success and Failure, Edited by Roberto Silvano and Duncan Reyburn (Eugene: Wipf and Stock), Forthcoming.
  • “Quo Vadis: The Place of Faith in Contemporary American Literature,” in The Moving Text: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on David Brown and Bible, Edited by Chris Brewer, Garrick Allen, and Denny Kinlaw (Farnham: Ashgate Press), Forthcoming.
  • “‘A God in the Small Things’: Affective Belief in the Fiction of David Foster Wallace,” in David Foster Wallace and the Short Things (Bloombury Academic), Forthcoming.

Additional Information

Denny Kinlaw is a book reviews Editor for the Journal of Inkling Studies, the premier academic journal on the Oxford literary circle known as the Inklings, their debts and legacies.

He is also a member of the Modern Language Association and Christianity and Literature.