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Dr. John Powell

Professor of History

Office Location Owens Hall, 324
Phone (Office) 405.585.4160


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

Publications and Presentations

"William Gladstone, Slavery and Reparatory 'Truth,' History Reclaimed, 28 February 2024,

“William Gladstone and the Question of Slavery, 1832-33,” Journal of Liberal History 120 (Fall 2023), pp. 9-31, 60.

“The Tracts and Pamphlets of W. E. Gladstone,” Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 172 (2023), pp. 109-30.

A Chapter of Autobiography as Campaign Document,Journal of Liberal History 100 (Winter 2019), forthcoming.

"Select Documents: W. E. Gladstone's 'Parliamentary Doings with the Irish Church'," Irish Historical Studies 42 (2018), pp. 115-42. [with Douglas Kanter]

"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), 556 pp.