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.


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. Rumee Ahmed, Randi Rashkover and Jonathan Tran (Stanford: Stanford University Press).

Recent Publications:
"An Atheistic Sense to Stanley Hauerwas’ Theology," Review & Expositor (Vol. 112: No. 1, 2015), 119-132.

“Exitus et Reditus in Marriage” (co-author Brandon Morgan) Madmen and Theology ed. Ann Duncan and Jacob Goodson Werntz (Cascade Press, 2016), 292-307.

“Linguistic Theology: Completing Postliberalism’s Linguistic Task” Modern Theology, (Vol. 33 No. 1, January 2017), 47-68.

“Killing Time,” Critical Theology against US Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), 131-151.

“A Sanctuary Politics: Being the Church” (co-author Stanley Hauerwas), Religion and Ethics of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (March 30, 2017).

“Assessing the Augustinian Democrats,” Journal of Religious Ethics, (Vol. 46: No. 3, 2018), 521-547. 

“Moral Ambiguity and Innovation in Asian American Christianity,” Theology Today, (Vol. 75: No. 3, 2018), 347-357.

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"
View Dr. Tran's CV and Books.