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Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen
Ron Hansen

Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J. Professor

Ron Hansen was born in Omaha, Nebraska and educated at Creighton University, the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop, and Stanford University; at Stanford he held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship.

He has received fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lyndhurst Foundation, and was presented with an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Professor Hansen has taught fiction and screenwriting at such institutions as Stanford, Michigan, Cornell, Iowa, Arizona, and is now the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara, where he earned an M.A. in Spirituality in 1995.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Literature
  • The Bible as Literature
  • The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Fiction Writing
  • Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Writing in the Community
  • The Bible as Literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • The 20th Century American Short Story


  • Isn't It Romantic?: An Entertainment, 2003
  • A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, 2001
  • Hitler's Niece: A Novel, 1999
  • Atticus: A Novel, 1996
  • Mariette in Ecstasy: A Novel, 1991
  • Nebraska: Stories, 1989
  • The Shadowmaker, children's book, 1987
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: A Novel, 1983
  • Desperadoes: A Novel, 1979
Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae