Ryan, Gerard
Gerard Ryan

PhD (Oxford)

gerard.ryan@utoronto.ca | 416-922-5472 ext 260


Gerard Ryan joined Regis College in 2020, having completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford. His studies were supervised by Professors Werner G. Jeanrond and Graham Ward. Prior to arriving at Regis, Gerard was a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. His current research explores recognition theories and vulnerability studies as resources for a theological understanding of mutual accompaniment.


Conference Presentations, 2022:

  • The Twelfth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain
  • ESSSAT: European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, Ålesund, Norway


  • Recipient, along with Prof. John Berkman, of Science for Seminaries Seed Grant Initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2021-2022)


  • Recognition theories and theology
  • Theologies of accompaniment
  • Narrative and vulnerability studies
  • Secularism and religion
  • Participation and pastoral theologies
  • Theology as a relational discipline
  • Transcendence and transformation
  • Science of loneliness and religion

Recent Publications


  • Ecological Accompaniment in an Age of Loneliness: New Landscapes in Practical Theology (London: Routledge), in progress and expected in 2025.
  • Mutual Accompaniment as Faith-Filled Living: Recognition of the Vulnerable Other (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2022)

Chapters in Books:

  • “Ecological Accompaniment: From Connectivity to Closeness in an Age of Loneliness,” in Issues in Science and Theology, ed. Michael Fuller (Cham, Switzerland, Springer Nature, 2023). Forthcoming.

Articles in Journals:

  • Ryan, Gerard, ‘Charles Taylor and the Political Recognition of Difference as a Resource for Theological Reflection on Religious Recognition’, Open Theology 2, no.1 (2016): 907-23
Appointment Status College TST Teaching Category
Basic Degree
GCTS Associate
Regis College Regular Tenure Stream

Current Courses

Course Code Course Name Semester
RGT6645HF Political Theologies and Recognition Theories First Semester
RGT3645HF Political Theologies and Recognition Theories First Semester