Jason Baxter, Ph.D.

Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities

B.A. (Classical Philology), University of Dallas; M.A. (Italian Studies), University of Notre Dame; Ph.D. (Literature), University of Notre Dame

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(307) 332-2930, x. 1103

Dr. Baxter has been with WCC for nearly seven years. His primary research interests include medieval ideas of beauty, the long-lived legacy of the thought of Plato, and the poetry of Dante. He is also interested in medieval mysticism, humanism, and the relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. At WCC, Dr. Baxter teaches Greek, Roman, and Medieval humanities courses, as well as art history from antiquity through the Gothic period. Dr. Baxter also teaches written rhetoric within the Trivium sequence and is responsible for designing Trivium 302, the Junior Author Project. He is currently the Chairman of the Humanities track at WCC.

His scholarly publications include articles on the Platonic tradition in the Latin West, and writings on Dante. Most recently, Dr. Baxter worked with Wyoming Catholic College’s Distance Learning Program to produce a free, 18-part introduction to the Comedy: “Dante in the Year of Mercy.”  His first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” which focuses on the spiritual meaning of Dante’s poetics, is now available from Baker Academic.

Dr. Baxter has been an invited speaker at universities across the country, speaking on the modern relevance of the liberal arts, as well as topics on Dante, such as medieval lectio divina in Purgatorio, the role of lyric poetry in Dante’s Paradiso, and Dante’s theology of love. Dr. Baxter also co-directed WCC’s Rome Immersion Experience, a one-week immersion opportunity in Rome, designed to introduce students to the highlights of Roman art, architecture, history, and culture.

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“Videmus Nunc per Speculum”: Toward a New Paradigm for Twelfth-century Naturalism.” Haskins Society Journal. (Forthcoming 2016)

 “Series rerum: The Use and Transformation of Boethian Thought in Bernard Silvestris.” Special issue on the continental reception of Boethius of Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society (2016)

“‘Noi siamo vermi nati a formar l’angelica farfalla’: Medieval Imitatio and Dante’s Poetics of Transformation in Purgatorio.” Dante Studies. (Invited to Revise and Resubmit)

Innominis / Omninominis: Bernard Silvestris’s Catalog Poem as Act of Divine Naming.” Special issue on Latin Platonism of Epekeina: International Journal of Ontology, History and Criticism, vol. 4, nos. 1‒2 (2014)

“Through the Eyes of Landino: Dante, Natura, and the Poetics of Varietas.” L’Alighieri, vol. 43. (July 2014)

Scholarly Interests

Medieval ideas of beauty

The long-lived legacy of the thought of Plato

The poetry of Dante

Medieval mysticism


The relationship between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.