Ryan Coyne studies both the history of Christian thought and modern continental philosophy. In the former field, he is interested in the history of Christian mysticism, as well as the relation between mysticism and scholasticism. In the latter field, his research interests include the development of the philosophy of religion, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and deconstruction. He is currently working on a book exploring the role of Augustine’s theological anthropology in the formation of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy.
Coyne has been awarded several fellowships, from the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Georges Lurcy Educational and Charitable Trust, among others. At Dartmouth College he was named a Presidential Scholar and received the Dudley Prize for Excellence in the Study of Religion.
He received his PhD and MA in theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2008 and 2002, respectively. Coyne was an exchange scholar at Harvard University from 2006 to 2007 and a visiting scholar at the Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne, from 2005 to 2006. In 2000, he received his BA in religion from Dartmouth College.
Coyne joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.