Jonathan Tran

jonathan tran



PhD (Duke University)

Visiting Professor and Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics and George W. Baines Professor of Religion, Baylor University, Jonathan Tran’s research and teaching focus on the theological, ethical, and political implications of the human life in language, with specific attention on Christian theology and ordinary language philosophy. His most recent book, Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism (Oxford University Press, 2022), examines racism from the perspective of political economy, investigating how race ideology gets structurally and systemically conventionalized and how religious communities contend with and proclaim alternatives to racial capitalism. Earlier books include The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory (Wiley-Blackwell) and Foucault and Theology (Bloomsbury). On the editorial boards of Journal of Religious Ethics and Christian Century, he co-edits (with Alda Balthrop-Lewis) the “Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion” book series with Oxford University Press/American Academy of Religion.