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Jonathan Tran, Ph.D.

Theologian / Professor / Ethicist

Associate Dean for Faculty in the Honors College and Professor of Theology in Great Texts
Baylor University

I am a Christian theologian based at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where I am the Associate Dean for Faculty in the Honors College and Associate Professor for Theology within the Great Texts program. 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.

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Jonathan Tran: Conversation with Rev. Dr. Malcolm Foley

Before the Baylor University community, Jonathan Tran converses with Rev. Dr. Malcolm Foley about his book, American racism and antiracism, university diversity initiatives, and the hope of Christianity and Christian churches.
February 6, 2023