Bryan Wagoner

Bryan Wagoner, Davis & Elkins College

Bryan Wagoner
Religious Studies & Philosophy Program Coordinator; Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy
Location: Albert Hall 103
Phone: 304-637-1351


  • Ph.D. Religion, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • M.Div., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • S.T.M., Yale University
  • B.A. Philosophy and Literature, Gordon College, Wenham, Mass.


  • Head Teaching Fellow, Harvard University
  • Adjunct Instructor, Emmanuel College, Boston, Mass.
  • Lecturer, Religion, Humanities and Language, Thiel College, Greenville, Pa.

Teaching Areas: 

  • Jewish and Christian Thought, esp. 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Liberation Theories and Theologies
  • Early Church History (Patristics)
  • Reformation
  • Mahayana Buddhism
  • Modern and Postmodern Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Political and Social Philosophy
  • Comparative Religious Ethics
  • Philosophy of Human Rights
  • Violence and the Sacred
  • Buddhism
  • New Testament
  • Existentialism
  • Unknown Christianity
  • Old Testament

Research Interests/Professional Activities: 

  • Modern Religious Thought
  • Secularism and Religious Identity
  • World Religions
  • Critical Theory
  • Political Philosophy, especially Human Rights


While earning his doctorate in religion from Harvard University, Dr. Wagoner was the recipient of a Whiting Fellowship, an honor given to outstanding, advanced dissertation writers in humanities Ph.D. programs.


Additional Info: 

Dr. Wagoner was awarded the prestigious 2016 Lois Latham Award for Teaching Excellence at the annual Academic Awards and Recognition Convocation. The Lois Latham Award is presented annually to an outstanding D&E educator who is characterized by their distinguished intellectual career; enthusiasm for scholarship and intellectual curiosity; and, most importantly, by evidence that it is their professional calling to nurture the intellectual and personal growth of others.