Dr Jonathan Brant


Jonathan Brant holds an MA from King's College, London and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford (Trinity College). His DPhil thesis drew upon systematic theology, film theory and qualitative research in considering the potential religious impact of contemporary Latin American cinema (Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation through Film (OUP, 2012). He is the Founding 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 develop virtues and become good leaders and wise thinkers.  He is a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College and an associate of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life.

Research Area/s: 

Historical and Systematic Theology

Christian and Religious Ethics

Research Interests:

(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 virtue ethics / 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.


The Oxford Character Project   https://oxfordcharacter.org

  • How can universities cultivate leaders of character? Insights from a leadership and character development program at the University of Oxford

    Brooks, E, Brant, J, Lamb, M
  • Cultivating virtue in postgraduates: An empirical study of the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative

    Brant, J, Lamb, M, Burdett, E, Brooks, E
  • The End of Difficulty: Coleridge and Williams on Bible and Literature

    Brant, J
  • The Unique Difficulty of Days of Heaven

    Brant, J
    Edited by:
    Barnett, CB, Elliston, CJ
  • Paul Tillich and the Possibility of Revelation Through Film

    Brant, J
  • The Routledge companion to religion and film. Edited by John Lyden. Pp. xiv+507 incl. 8 ills. London–New York: Routledge, 2009. £125. 978 0 415 44853 6

    Brant, J
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