Ian Curran

Dr. Ian Curran

Lecturer of Religion

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Dr. Ian Curran is a theologian who has been teaching at Georgia Gwinnett College since 2012. He previously taught religion and philosophy at Young Harris College and was a postdoctoral fellow in religious practices and practical theology at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, a master's degree in theological studies from Duke University, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in English from the University of California-Los Angeles. He has also taken classes in philosophy as a non-degree seeking graduate student at the University of Georgia. He teaches classes at GGC in world religions, and views education as a practice for the formation of the whole human person. His current research focuses on classical and contemporary interpretations of the Transfiguration narrative in the New Testament, theories of personal and social transformation in theology, spirituality and religious studies, and the theology of Teilhard de Chardin. He has additional interests in comparative theology, philosophy, transhumanism and the interdisciplinary study of religion and science, religion and ecology, and religion and literature.


  • Doctorate – religion – Emory University
  • Master’s – theological studies – Duke University
  • Master’s – English – University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor’s – English – University of California-Los Angeles

Academic Interests

  • Christian theology
  • Transfiguration and transformation in theology/religious studies
  • Teilhard de Chardin
  • Religion and literature

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Teilhard Association
  • MLA Conference on Christianity and Literature