The Catholic University of America

Thérèse Druart

Ordinary Professor, School of Philosophy
Medieval Arabic Philosophy

From: Belgium


Ph.D. in Ancient Philosophy and M.A. in Medieval Studies, Louvain, Belgium; B.Phil. in Oriental Studies, subsection Medieval Islamic Philosophy and Theology, Oxford; also studied in Tunis, Milan, Leiden, and at Harvard.

Academic Services:

Director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, 2001-06; Director of a minor in Islamic World Studies, from 2007 to present; has been Visiting Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania as well as in Spain, Chile, and Madagascar (twice).


President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 2000-2002; President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2009-2010.

Obstacles to overcome:

To my knowledge I am the first woman to be tenured in philosophy at both Georgetown University and CUA.

Mentors/Role Models:

My Philosophy Ph.D. Director, Dr. Suzanne Mansion, who was one the first two women appointed professors at Université Catholique de Louvain, and Dr. Ilse Lichtenstadter, who had to flee from Nazi Germany and became Ordinary Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard.

Leisure time:

Addicted to Sudoku; avid reader of mysteries; likes to cook; subscription to Shakespeare Theatre.