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Jonathan Tran

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Department of Religion
Baylor University
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Waco, TX 76798-7284

Office: Tidwell 503

Phone: (254) 710-6723
FAX: (254) 710-3740


Associate Professor


  • Duke University, The Graduate School, Department of Religion, Durham, NC - Ph. D. Theology & Ethics, Spring 2006 - Minors: Political Theory (external), Early Church History (internal)
  • Duke University, The Divinity School, Durham, NC M.Div. summa cum laude, 2002
  • University of California at Riverside - B.A. Phi Beta Kappa, Political Science, 1994


Jonathan Tran joined Baylor's Department of Religion in 2006 after completing his graduate studies in theology and ethics at Duke University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and his research interests sit (though they travel often) at the intersections of systematic theology, theological ethics, political theory, ordinary language philosophy, bioethics, and race/identity theory. Along with his family, he serves as Faculty-in-Residence in Dawson-Allen Hall which is home to the Leadership living-and-learning center. He is Assistant Director of University Scholars and sits on the faculty of the Renaissance Scholars Program, housed at Baylor's Honors College each summer, and as affiliate faculty for Baylor's Medical Humanities programs. Jonathan Tran CV Link


Co-Editor, with Myles Werntz, Corners in the City of God: The Wire and Theology (Eugene: Cascade, Forthcoming 2013).

Foucault and Theology in the series "Philosophy and Theology" (Edinburgh: T & T Clark International, 2011). Book Review

The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time, Eternity, and Redemption in the Far Country in "Challenges in Contemporary Theology" Series (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Book Review

Editorial Board: "Encountering Traditions", eds. Maria Dakake, Stanley Hauerwas, Peter Ochs, Randi Rashkover (Stanford: Stanford University Press).

Selected Research Articles:

"Dying with Others: Reflections on Ataxia, Suffering, and Ken's Mom," Theology Today (Vol. 64, No. 4, 2008), 458-468.

"The Limits of Franz Boas' Multiculturalism: An Augustinian Critique," Polygraph 19: An International Journal of Culture and Politics (No. 19/20, 2008), 55-77.

"Transgressing Borders: Genetic Research, Immigration, and Discourses of Sacrifice," Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (Vol. 28, No. 2, 2008), 97-116.

"The Otherness of Children as a Hint of an Outside: Michel Foucault, Richard Yates, and Karl Barth on Suburban Life," Theology & Sexuality (Vol. 15, No.2, 2009), 191-211.

"Emplotting Forgiveness: Narrative, Forgetting, and Memory," Literature & Theology (Vol. 23, No. 2, 2009), 220-233.

"Laughing With the World: Possibilities of Hope in John Howard Yoder and Jeffrey Stout," The New Yoder, eds. Peter Dula and Chris Huebner (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2009), 253-270.

"Living Out the Gospel: Asian American Perspectives and Contributions," Annual of the Society of Asian North American Christian Studies (Vol. 2, 2010), 13-56; 69-73.

"Obama, War, and Christianity: The Audacity of Hope and the Violence of Peace, Christian Ethics Today, Vol. 20, Num. 20:86 (Spring 2012), 2-7.

"The New Black Theology," Cover Story, Christian Century (Vol. 129, No. 3 2012).

Courses Taught at Baylor:

  • REL 1350 Christian Heritage
  • REL 3390 Christian Ethics
  • REL/MH 4395 Bioethics
  • REL 4397 Race, Religion, and Reconciliation
  • REL 5360 Contemporary Theological Problems: "Theology or Ordinary Language"
  • REL 5362 Anthropology: "Karl Barth and the Analogia Entis"


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