Revd Dr Jonathan Brant


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Revd Dr Jonathan Brant

Research Fellow

Director of the Oxford Character Project

Jonathan Brant is the Director of The Oxford Character Project, an interdisciplinary initiative that combines academic research on character development with a practical programme offering University of Oxford postgraduate students the resources they need to become good leaders and wise thinkers.  He also conducts research as a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion and the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, covering two main areas of enquiry:

(1) The theology of culture: especially, the thought of Paul Tillich; contemporary literature and film; the use of empirical / qualitative research in theology; and construals of freedom in contemporary narrative fiction.

(2) The theory and practice of moral formation / character development: specifically, the question of what resources might be offered to Oxford University postgraduates to help them develop into wise thinkers and good leaders who may be expected to have a beneficial impact around the world throughout their careers.

Jonathan also serves as Oxford Pastorate Chaplain.  The Oxford Pastorate is an Anglican trust, established in 1893, which provides extra, non-college-based chaplains for Oxford University students.  Since 2008 it has focused on serving the postgraduate student community, particularly those in the newer, postgraduate-only colleges where there are no chaplains.

Jonathan is married to Tricia who is a portrait painter and also works for the charity Age UK, and has a teenage son, Isaac, who hopes to be a physicist.