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Assistant Professor

Francisco Nahoe

  • University of Nevada, PhD, Renaissance Studies, 2018
  • Harvard Divinity School, ThM, Biblical Studies, 2007
  • Dartmouth College, MA, Comparative Literature, 2004
  • Pontifical Seraphicum, STB, Theology, 1993
  • Pomona College, BA, Philosophy, 1988

Father Francisco Nahoe is a scholar of Renaissance studies, medieval philosophy, and biblical studies. His field specialties include Anglo-Saxon and Italian Literature, Rhetoric, and Poetics. At Zaytuna College, Father Francisco has taught Trivium Seminar in Grammar, Trivium Seminar in Rhetoric, and Principles of Democracy. He has also taught the following preceptorials: Dante (Divine Comedy); Plutarch (Greek Lives, Roman Lives); French; Katabasis in Homer, Vergil, and Ovid; Plato (Republic); Shakespeare (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Othello, Romeo and Juliet); English Renaissance Poetics (Shakespearean sonnets, Sidney, Puttenham); and Old English.

Prior to his post at Zaytuna College, Father Francisco served as rector for St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Nevada. He has served in numerous positions of clerical authority/leadership including as a postulant master, chaplain, pastoral vicar, and deacon. He serves as promoter for the Franciscan Vietnam Mission in Castro Valley, CA. For a detailed list of his posts, see below. 

His PhD thesis, titled “The Italian Verse of Milton,” discusses the six poems of John Milton that comprise his Italian verse, investigating the context, methods, and purposes for his poetry. His ThM thesis is titled “Messianism and the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 52:13—53:12.” 

Father Francisco conducts research in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Anglo-Saxon, and Old Norse. He is proficient in Italian and Spanish; is independent in French and Rapa Nui; and has basic usage in Polish and Tahitian.

Father Francisco joined the Zaytuna College faculty in Spring 2017.

Email: [email protected] 

Office hours: By appointment


Posts prior to Zaytuna College     

2014–present — Promoter, Franciscan Vietnam Mission, Castro Valley, CA

2010–2015 — Rector, St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Reno, NV

2006–2010 — Postulant Master, Holy Family Friary, Castro Valley, CA

2003–2006 — Chaplain and Instructor in English, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

2001–2003 — Pastoral Vicar, National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco, CA

1993–2001 — Instructor in English, Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, CA

1992–1993 — Deacon, San Marco Evangelista, Roma (Agro-Laurentino), Italy

1991–1992 — Formandus, Pontifical Seraphicum, Roma (EUR), Italy

1990–1991 — Pastoral Intern, St. George Parish, Stockton, CA

1989–1989 — Formandus, Convento Asunción, San Antonio de Belén, Costa Rica

1988–1989 — Formandus, St. Francis Friary, Berkeley, CA

1985–1988 — Formandus, St. Anthony of Padua Friary, Glendora, CA

1984–1985 — Novice Friar, St. Joseph of Cupertino Novitiate, Arroyo Grande, CA

Journal articles

Review of “Milton and Catholicism.” Renaissance Quarterly (Fall 2020).

Series of reflections on Franciscan spirituality. Messenger of Saint Anthony (2001–2003).



Chapter in Global Rhetorics of Science: Archæo-astronomy of Rapa Nui

The Italian Verse of Milton (monograph)


Working papers 

“Beowulf Beyond the Augustinian Binary”

“Inscribing Yahwism into the Wilderness: An Ecocritical Exegesis of Numbers 33”

“La cárcel alegórica del Arcipreste: retórica medieval del Libro de buen amor”

“Messianism and the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 52:13—53:12”

“The Liturgical Intertextuality of Inferno XXXIV”

“Violence and Sacred Hunger: Niobid Rhetoric in Spenser”

“Community Discipline in Paul and Makkot”

“Recovering Paul as a Pharisee: A Paradigm for Christian Praxis”

“Tasso at Tilbury: Re-reading the Tilbury Oration of 1588”

“L’intertestualità liturgica di Gerusalemme liberata XI 1–15”

Lectures, talks, and other speaking engagements

“Canon Lecture: Oedipus Tyrannos”

“Tasso at Tilbury,” South-Central Renaissance Conference

“Niobid Rhetoric in Spenser,” University of Nevada

“The Liturgical Intertextuality of Inferno XXXIV,” UIUC Spring 2020 (canceled)


Personal interests

Renaissance and Baroque chamber music, choral conducting, hiking