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Assistant Professor (Research), Religion and Medical Humanities, Durham University

Adam J. Powell is an assistant professor (research) in religion and medical humanities at Durham University. He is interested in how the cognitive and social sciences can illuminate the processes by which religion strives to construct and to conserve identity and wellbeing. He has expertise in the study of religious experience, 19th-century American religion, as well as the life and works of sociologist Hans Mol, having authored and edited numerous publications on these topics. Dr. Powell is the author of several books, including 'Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion' and 'Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy'. His work has been featured in Forbes and BBC Science Focus as well as covered by news outlets in at least eight different languages.


  • 2016–present
    Research assistant professor, Durham University
  • 2014–2016
    Lecturer, Lenoir-Rhyne University


  • 2014 
    Durham University, Ph.D.