Dr. John Powell

Dr. John Powell

Professor of History

Office Location Owens Hall, 324
Phone (Office) 405.585.4160
OBU Mailbox # 61222
Email jd.powell@okbu.edu


Dr. Powell has been a member of the OBU faculty since 2004, specializing in nineteenth-century British religion, culture, and politics. He is currently working on a study William Gladstone's early political career. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Liberal History.


Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Courses Taught

  • HIST 2013: European Civilization: History
  • HIST 2023: Western Civilization: History
  • HIST 3123: East Asia: Politics and Culture
  • HIST 3463: Modern Europe, 1815-Present
  • HIST 3513: Britain from 1603

Selected Publications

“Select Document: W. E. Gladstone, ‘Parliamentary Doings with the Irish Church’.” Irish Historical Studies 42, no. 161, forthcoming. 

"Simplicity and the Religious Past in Victorian Britain." Nineteenth-Century Prose 43/1-2 (Spring/Fall 2016): pp. 436-44.

Guest Editor. "Religion and Prose," a special number of Nineteenth-Century Prose 39/1-2 (Spring/Fall 2012), including "Our Conversations Always Were Serious," pp. 527-40

"Gladstone and the Colonial Church Clause: An Episode in Church-State Relations, 1849-1850," in Tradition and Formation: Claiming an Inheritance: Essays in Honour of Peter C. Erb, ed. Michel Desjardins and Harold Remus (Kitchener, Ont: Pandora Press, 2008): 153-172.

"This Ball of Liberty," Books & Culture, (Jan./Feb. 2008): 36-38.

"Eric Clapton: Suspectible to Truth," in First Things, On the Square, 7 Jan. 2008: online