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Dr. Anh Tran, SJ

Anh Q. Tran, SJ, a native of Vietnam, is Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) of Santa Clara University (Berkeley Campus). He received the B.S. and M.S in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (1985, 1990) from Santa Clara University, and worked in the Silicon Valley as an engineer between 1984 and 1995, and a California licensed acupuncturist from 1994 to 2006. After joining the Jesuits, he went on further studies, obtaining master degrees in Pastoral Ministry, Healthcare Ethics, Divinity, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at various universities, and finally a Ph.D. in theological and religious studies at Georgetown University in 2011.

Dr. Tran has joined the faculty of JST since 2012 and is currently a member of the core doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) as well as the director of Asia Project of the GTU (2013-2018). Prior to joining JST, he taught electrical engineering and healthcare ethics at the main campus of Santa Clara University (2000-02), serving also Associate Director of Healthcare Ethics at the university. He is also a visiting faculty of St Joseph Jesuit Scholasticate in Vietnam since 2008.

Bilingual in English and Vietnamese, Dr. Tran has published in both languages and a frequent lecturer in Vietnam.  In addition to a dozen book chapters and journal articles, Dr. Tran is the author of Gods, Heroes, and Ancestors: An Interreligious Encounter in Eighteenth-Century Vietnam (Oxford University Press, 2018), and with Jonathan Tan, World Christianity: Perspectives and Insights (Orbis Books, 2016).

He received the honors from Sigma Xi (1985) and Alpha Sigma Nu (2005) and currently is a member of Catholic Theological Society of America, American Academy of Religion, and Association of Asian Studies. In service of the profession, he is a referee for publications in Horizons, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Brill Academics, Palgrave-Macmillan and a regular contributor to Book Reviews in Theological Studies since 2014. In October 2019, he was granted a “Nihil Obstat” by the Vatican’s Pontifical of Christian Education.

As a member of the CTSA, he has served on the Asian and Asian-American Theological Consultation Group for 2017-2020. In the service of the Church, he has also been active in the retreat ministry and parish workshop.