Jonathan Tran, Ph.D.

Jonathan Tran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion
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Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion

  • 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

Originally from Southern California, I joined Baylor’s Religion Department in 2006 after completing my graduate studies in theology and ethics at Duke University. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses and my research examines the theological and political implications of human life in language.


Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism in the AAR/OUP Series “Reflection and Theory” (Oxford University Press, Fall 2021)

Christianity and the Promise of Politics (with Stanley Hauerwas) in the series “Encountering Traditions” (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2022)

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

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

Editorial Board: "Encountering Traditions", eds. Rumee Ahmed, Randi Rashkover and Jonathan Tran (Stanford University Press)

Recent Publications

“Linguistic Theology: Completing Postliberalism’s Linguistic Task” Modern Theology (2017).

“Assessing the Augustinian Democrats,” Journal of Religious Ethics (2018). 

“Moral Ambiguity and Innovation in Asian American Christianity,” Theology Today (2018).

“Radical Orthodoxy and Political Order,” (with Nicholas Krause) in T&T Clark Companion to Political Theology (2019).

“Cora Diamond’s Theological Vision,” Modern Theology (2020).

Courses Taught at Baylor
  • REL 1350 Christian Heritage
  • REL 3390 Christian Ethics
  • REL 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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