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Jonathan Tran, Ph.D.

Theologian / Professor / Ethicist

Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion
Baylor University

I am a Christian theologian based at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where I hold the George W. Baines Chair of Religion. Growing up in Southern California, I don’t think I could have imagined spending 15 years in “the heart of Texas” (aka “HOT”—if there is a more appropriate acronym, I don’t know it), but as a kid raised outside of the church, neither could I have imagined a Christian vocation. My research focuses on the human life in language, and what that life reveals about God and God’s world. Lately, that research has taken me in the direction of thinking through race and racism, and my book Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism attempts to present racism as a theological problem, a political economic distortion of the divine economy, and a problem given to the usual redress, the church laying claim to God’s original revolution.