Assistant Professor of Religion & Biblical Studies

Dr. Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Gardner Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC; his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC; and his Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University, Waco, TX. Dr. Ryan came to Claflin in Fallof 2019. He teaches a variety of courses in Religion and Biblical Studies. His research focuses on ancient Jewish and early Christian literature, especially the Apostle Paul and his letters. Dr. Ryan’s forthcoming book, Divine Conflict and the Divine Warrior: Listening to Romans and Other Jewish Voices, will be published by Mohr Siebeck in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2 series. In this work, he addresses the variety of uses of divine conflict motifs in ancient Jewish documents and places these texts in conversation with Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Dr. Ryan has also published work in New Testament StudiesPerspectives in Religious StudiesAmerican Baptist Quarterly, and Teaching Theology & Religion. Prior to coming to Claflin, Dr. Ryan served as the Wabash Fellow in Religion at Baylor University, where he taught undergraduate courses and oversaw a teaching initiative designed to increase faculty participation in mentoring graduate students for the teaching vocation and to advance knowledge of pedagogical strategies among faculty and students. While at Baylor, he also received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2017–18 and the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in 2016–17.

Assistant Professor of Religion
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Chapel, ST-24
(803) 535-5226