Bryan Wagoner

Bryan Wagoner

Religious Studies and Philosophy Program Coordinator; Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy

Phone: 304-637-1351
Campus Location: Charles E. Albert Hall


  • 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.


“Prophetic Interruptions: Critical Theory, Emancipation, and Religion in Paul Tillich, Theodor Adorno, and Max Horkheimer (1929-1944).” Mercer University Press.
“Les ambiguïtés de la vie selon Paul Tillich” Ed. by Dumas, Marc / Richard, Jean / Wagoner, Bryan
“The Courage to Be” Tillich Yearbook 2018 Ed. by Danz, Christian / Dumas, Marc / Schüßler, Werner / Wagoner, Bryan

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.