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David J. Fine

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: English


Email: David Fine
Phone: 937-229-3697
HM 225


  • Ph.D., Lehigh University
  • M.A., Lehigh University
  • M.Ed., Bloomsburg University
  • B.A., University of Scranton


David Fine hails from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and is a graduate of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts (SJLA) Honors Program at the University of Scranton, where he studied philosophy, literature and theology. As a graduate student, he pursued a degree in secondary education, becoming certified to teach English before beginning his work in literature at Lehigh University. At Lehigh, he studied modern literature and critical theory and also served, for three years, as the assistant director of the Global Citizenship Program. His current research explores secularization and ethics in twentieth-century British literature with a focus on the novel. Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Iris Murdoch and Muriel Spark continue to shape his thinking on religion, desire and the Good.

Faculty perspective

"The University of Dayton offers students a community in which they might think carefully about love."

Courses taught

  • Gender and Fiction
  • Religion & Literature
  • Literature & Ethics
  • Twentieth-Century British Literature
  • Feminist Theory and Methodology

Research interests

  • Twentieth-Century British Literature
  • Catholic Modernism
  • Postsecularism
  • Feminism and Queer Theory
  • Community-Engaged Learning

Selected publications

“Teach the Partnership: Critical University Studies and the Future of Service-Learning.” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 23.1 (Fall 2016): 107-110.

“Mass Appeal: Catholic Education in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.Religion & Literature 48.2 (Summer 2016): 107-129.

“The Prime of Miss RuPaul Charles: Allusion, Betrayal, and Charismatic Pedagogy.” The Makeup of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Essays on the Queen of Reality Shows. Ed. Jim Daems. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2014. 168-187. [co-authored with Emily Shreve]