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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

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.

“Gladstone and the Colonial Church Clause: An Episode in Church-State Relations, 1849-50 ” In Michel Desjardins and Harold Remus, eds. Tradition and Formation: Claiming an Inheritance: Essays in Honour of Peter C. Erb. (Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2008), pp. 153-72.

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