Curriculum Vitae

Gloria Ruth Frost


  • Ph.D., UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAMEPhilosophy, May 2009
  • Dissertation: “Thomas Aquinas on Necessary Truths about Contingent Beings;”
  • M.A., UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, Philosophy, January 2006
  • Candidacy Exam Topic: John Duns Scotus’s philosophy and natural theology;
  • B.A., THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA, Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, May 2004
    • “University Honors Scholar” designation for completion of twelve honors courses in the classical liberal arts tradition and honors thesis.


  • Associate Professor (with tenure), UNIVERSITY OF ST.THOMAS,St. Paul, MN, 2015-present.
  • Assistant Professor (tenure-track), UNIVERSITY OF ST.THOMAS,St. Paul, MN, 2009-2015.
  • Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Center for Philosophy of Religion, UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, Notre Dame, IN, 2012-2013.


Medieval philosophy; Early Modern Philosophy; Metaphysics; Philosophy of Religion; History and Philosophy of Science



7.  “Aquinas’s ontology of transeunt causal activity,” Vivarium, conditionally accepted.

6.  “Peter Olivi’s Rejection of God’s Concurrence with Secondary Causes,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 22.4 (2014): 655-679.

5.  “Aquinas and Scotus on the Source of Contingency,”Oxford Studies in Medieval Philosophy, vol. 2 (2014), vol. 2 (2014): 46-66.

4.  “Thomas Bradwardine on God and the Foundations of Modality,”British Journal for theHistory of Philosophy, 21.2 (2012):368 – 380.

[Paper awarded Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy’s 2012 Founder’s Prize.]

3.  “Thomas Aquinas on the perpetual truth of essential propositions,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 27.3 (2010): 197-213.

2.  “John Duns Scotus on God’s Knowledge of Sins: A test case for God’s knowledge of contingents,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 48.1 (2010): 15-34.

1.  “Thomas Aquinas on Truths about Nonbeings,” Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 80 (2007): 101-113.


  1. “Propositions,” Bloomsbury Companion to Aquinas, eds. John Haldane and John O’Callaghan, forthcoming.
  2. “Truth,” Bloomsbury Companion to Aquinas, eds. John Haldane and John O’Callaghan, forthcoming.


  1. “Gaunilo’s reply to Anselm,” Reason and Responsibility, ed. Russ Shafer-Landau (Cengage, forthcoming 2015)


  1. Report on Workshop on Medieval Natural Philosophy, Bulletin de philosophie médiévale, forthcoming.
  2. Review of Joseph Koterski’s, Introduction to Medieval Philosophy: Basic Concepts(Wiley-Blackwell, 2008),American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 84.4 (2010): 814-817.



Aquinas on Causal Powers and Efficient Causation, interest expressed by Cambridge University Press

Invited chapters:

  1. “Scotus on Causal Powers,” Interpreting Scotus, ed. Giorgio Pini, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), in progress
  2. “Causes of Congenital Disabilities,” Disability in Medieval Philosophy and Theology (ed. S. Williams), in progress


I have several articles currently under consideration at peer-reviewed journals. I omit their titles here in order to preserve blind-review.



  • “Aquinas on Causal Powers,” The Metaphysical Dimensions of Nature, International Conference hosted by the University of Notre Dame and the Pontifical University of Santa Croce, Rome, Italy, February 23-35, 2017
  • “Aquinas on the Problem of Evil,” Brown University, Providence, RI, April 3, 2017
  • TBD, University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN, March 16, 2017
  • “Aquinas on the Modality of Natural Necessity,” The Metaphysics of Time and Modality. Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives, University of Bonn, (Bonn, Germany) July 21-22, 2017.


8. “Toward a Conception of Force: Peter Auriol’s Rejection of the Aristotelian View that Action is Motion,” Symposium on Post-Aristotelian Natural Philosophy, the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS), University of Minnesota, June 23, 2016

7.  “Causation as a Single Event: Aquinas on ‘Action-Passion’ Identity and Auriol’s Critique,” Activity, Spontaneity and Agency in Later Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, University of Toronto, June 9-10, 2016

6.  “Aquinas on Change and Accidental Unities,” Author Meets Critics Session on Jeffrey Brower’s Aquinas’s Ontology of the Material World,” 2015 ACPA Meeting Oct. 9, 2015

5.  “The Metaphysics of Growth in Virtue: Aquinas on the Intension and Remission of Accidental Forms,” Society for Thomistic Personalism Session, 2014 ACPA Meeting, Oct. 12, 2014

4.  “Three Medieval Models of Primary and Secondary Causation,”University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy, University of Toronto, September 20-21, 2013

3.  “Aquinas and Scotus on the Cause of Contingency,”American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting,Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Session, December 2012

2.  “Aquinas and Scotus on the Cause of Contingency,” Modal Logic and Modalities in Ancient and Mediaeval Philosophy, Annual Ancient and Medieval Philosophy Colloquium, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, CA, October18-20, 2012

1.  “Did Thomas Aquinas really say that?: Constituting Modern Texts from Medieval Manuscripts,” University of St. Thomas philosophy colloquium, St. Paul, MN, November 16, 2010


4.“Aquinas’s Ontology of Physical Action,” Society for Thomistic Natural Philosophy, 2016 ACPA meeting, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 7, 2016

3. “Thomas Aquinas on God’s infallible causation of contingent effects,”The Metaphysics of Aquinas and Its Modern Interpreters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives, 31stAnnual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, March 27, 2011

2.  “Thomas Aquinas on Truths about Nonbeings,”2006 ACPA Meeting, Denison University, Granville, OH,October 28, 2006

1.  “Naming a Transcendent God: A Problem of Language in the Middle Ages,” Graduate Student Conference on Language,Boston College,Boston, MA, April 7-8, 2006


  • Analytic Theology Fellowship, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame,2012-2013 ($75,000)
  • “Distinguished Guest Fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies,” Spring 2013; 2016-2017 [declined]
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, awarded for 12 month research stay in Freiburg, 2011-2012 [deferred]


  • Distinguished Early Career Grant, University of St. Thomas; supports a half-load
  • teaching reduction to complete a major scholarly project; Fall 2018-Spring 2020
  • Sabbatical Grant, UST Faculty Development, Fall 2016
  • “Perennial Conceptions of the Divine: An Analytic Investigation,” a $200,000 grant to support research projects and organize workshops that investigate the cogency of the classical conception of the divine advanced by major western monotheistic religions. Funding from the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the University of St. Thomas; Co-directed with Timothy Pawl; 2015 – 2018;  website:
  • Analytic Theology Summer Stipend, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, summer 2012; 2013
  • Research Grant, Faculty Development Center,University of St. Thomas,2010; 2012; 2015
  • Aquinas Chair Grant, University of St. Thomas, 2009
  • Graduate Student Professional Development Grant,Institute for Scholarship in Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame, used for German language study in Freiburg, Germany, June 2007


  • Founder’s Prize(for best paper by a recent PhD),Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy,2012
  • Departmental nominee for university’s Shaheen Award (for outstanding humanities graduate student), Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2009
  • Edward Braham Award for Academic Excellence (awarded to a graduating philosophy major), School of Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, May2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted May2004, The Catholic University of America


  • Funded Participant, Writing Professionally—and Teaching Students to Write, University of St. Thomas, August 11-15, 2014
  • Teaching Enhancement Grant, Faculty Development Center, University of St. Thomas, for project “Teaching Philosophy through Film,” July2013
  • Funded Participant,Writing Across the Curriculum Summer Seminar, University of St. Thomas, June 28-July 7, 2011


  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Introductory Ethics
  • Philosophy of the Human Person
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of God (Senior Seminar)
  • Evil and Suffering (Co-taught interdisciplinary honors seminar)
  • Death and Resurrection (Co-taught interdisciplinary honors seminar)
  • Free Will and Grace (Co-taught interdisciplinary honors seminar)


  • Search Committee, Dougherty Family College (philosophy instructor), Spring 2018
  • Faculty Senate, CAS Division II Senator, 2017- present
  • Departmental Tenure Committee, 2015-present
  • Teaching Evaluator, for a Departmental Tenure Case, 2016
  • Teaching Evaluator, for a Non-Departmental Tenure Case, 2016, 2018
  • Mentor to untenured faculty, 2015- present
  • Faculty Advisor for Student Club (SHINE), 2015- 2016
  • Assistant Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Mar. 2010- present
  • Academic Advisor (for 22 first year students), 2011- present
  • Student enrichment committee, 2014- present
  • University Grievance Committee, 2010- 2014 (Chair, 2011- 2012; 2013-2014)
  • Departmental Search Committee (‘AOS open’ positions), 2011-2012; 2013-2014
  • Coordinator for Philosophy Department Tutors, 2009-2010


  • Executive Committee, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2016-2017
  • Planning Committee, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2015-present
  • Executive Committee, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 2015-2018
  • Program Committee, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 2015-2018
  • Executive Council, American Catholic Philosophical Association, 2014-2017
  • Program Committee, “Aristotle: Now and Then,” ACPA annual conference hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, November 1-3, 2013
  • Executive Committee, Society for Christian Philosophers, 2013-2016
  • Consultant, Gale-Cengage Classical Medieval Literary Criticism series (John Duns Scotus entry), 2011
  • Referee/External Reviewer: 
    Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie; British Journal for the History of Philosophy; Canadian Philosophical Association; Faith and Philosophy; Ergo; History of Philosophy Quarterly; Journal of the History of Philosophy; KU Leuven (Senior BOFZAP position); Medieval Studies; Oxford University Press; Pickering & Chatto Publishers; Res Philosophica; Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO); Tijdschrift voor Filosofie;
  • Workshops Organized:
    • Classical Theism Workshop, University of St. Thomas, July 30- Aug. 1, 2015
    • Workshop on Medieval Natural Philosophy, University of St. Thomas June 22, 2016
    • Classical Theism Workshop, University of St. Thomas, July 21-23, 2016


  • Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought, Member, 2016-present


  • Patrick Fisher, Aquinas and Environmental Ethics, undergraduate research project supported by a “Collaborative Inquiry Grant,” University of St. Thomas, Spring 2015.
  • Garrett D. Ahlers, “Whether God is in All Things? A Defense of Aquinas on God as the Source of Being,” research paper awarded Georgetown University’s Edward A. Martin Prize Honorable Mention for best undergraduate paper on medieval philosophy, 2012.
  • Cameron Thompson, Thomas Aquinas on the Nature of the Union of Love, M.A. in Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas. Completed May 2011.


  • Reading knowledge of French, German, Latin and Spanish
  • Competency in Latin paleography & text editing