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Erika Kidd

Associate Professor

Catholic Studies

  • Expertise
  • Augustine and the Augustinian tradition Wittgenstein (particularly his sense of confessional philosophy) Late antique philosophy

Dr. Erika Kidd is an Associate Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Graduate Program. She studied philosophy, Latin, and great texts at Augustine College and Baylor University and received her PhD in philosophy from Villanova University.

She writes and speaks on St. Augustine and the Augustinian tradition. She is currently writing a book about how we can learn to hear the voice of God in our conversations with one another.

Selected Presentations:

“In the Beginning: Wittgenstein Reads Augustine,” Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 2018

“What Child Is This? How Augustine Learns to Speak," North American Patristics Society, Chicago IL, May 2018

Loving and Losing: An Augustinian Meditation," Anselm House, University of Minnesota, March 2018 (Invited lecture)

“Praying in the Bedchambers of the Heart: Augustine on Prayer and Intimacy," North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL, May 2017

“Parting Words: Augustine on Language and Loss,” Braniff Conference on the Liberal Arts, University of Dallas, January 2017 (Invited plenary address). Substantially revised version of this lecture delivered for the Patricia H. Imbesi Augustine Fellow public lecture, Villanova University, April 2017

“How to Talk to Your Father: Some Augustinian Counsel," Templeton Honors College Honors Forum, Eastern University, March 2017 (Invited lecture)

"The Drama of Augustine's De magistro," XVII International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford, August 2015

"Words, Afterwards," Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, April 2015 (Invited Lecture)

“Saint Augustine’s De magistro and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame: A Theological Fugue,” Philosophy Unbound: Annual Philosophy Conference, Lehigh University, October 23, 2014

“The Meaning of Virgil’s Words in Augustine’s De magistro,” North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL, May 23, 2014

“Augustine’s Voice in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations,” Stakes of Speech: A Summer Seminar on Wittgenstein in the Spirit of Cavell and Rhees, Lehigh University, July 12, 2012

“Verbum et Vita: Augustine’s De magistro and the Annunciation,” Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, October 23, 2010


“In the Beginning: Wittgenstein Reads Augustine," Augustine and Wittgenstein, edited by John Doody, Alexander Eodice, and Kim Paffenroth (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2018), 37-56.

“Parting Words: Augustine on Language and Loss," University of Dallas Braniff Conference on the Liberal Arts, revised an published in Ramify 6.1 (2017), 59-83.

“The Drama of De Magistro," Studia Patristica XCVIII, Vol. 24, (Leuven: Peeters, 2017), 133-139.

“Two-Part Invention: Voices from Augustine of Hippo's De magistro and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame,” Philosophy and Literature 40 (2016): 480-494.

“Making Sense of Virgil in De magistro,” Augustinian Studies 46 (2015): 211-224.


Faculty Development Grant: University Research Grant, 2018

Patricia H. Imbesi Saint Augustine Fellowship: Villanova University, Visiting Research Fellow, Spring 2017

LuAnn Dummer Women’s Center Curriculum Development Grant, 2015