Kristen K. Kearns, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/Director of Student Learning Center


Kristen Kearns has a B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on the use of analogy in the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, particularly in his understanding of divine love. She also holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of San Francisco, where her thesis work focused on the challenges in identifying ESL students with dyslexia, autism, and AD/HD and effective pedagogical strategies for supporting them. She has taught undergraduate Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Humanities courses at Phoenix College, Arizona State University, and the University of Chicago. Previously, she worked as the Director of the Learning Center at Phoenix College, coordinating tutoring and academic support programs. She served as the director of youth and family ministry at Transfiguration Episcopal Church in San Mateo. She is an active member of CA-TESOL and IWCA (International Writing Center Association).



B.A. (Physics) – University of Chicago

M.A. (Religion) – Yale University Divinity School

M.A. (TESOL) – University of San Francisco

Ph.D. (Theology) – University of Chicago

Dissertation: “Love from Above: Analogy and Sexual Difference in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar”