Russell Powell's research focuses upon religious ethics, political theory, and social ethics and criticism, with special interests in environmental ethics and history, as well as American religious history. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (magna cum laude) and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School (summa cum laude). Powell has taught at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University, Princeton University, and Princeton Theological Seminary, leading or assisting courses in such diverse topics as ecological ethics, theories of religion, film studies, the moral aspects of poverty and political movements for social justice, environmental history in the United States, and more. He has published or presented papers on topics located at the intersection of moral philosophy, environmental studies, and politics broadly conceived. Powell is currently finishing his dissertation, which reassesses the religion, ethics, and politics of John Muir, America's most renowned environmentalist and founder of the Sierra Club.
“In God's Wildness Lies the Hope of the World”: Reassessing John Muir's Religion, Ethics, and Politics (preliminary title)
William Stacy Johnson (chair)
John R. Bowlin
Jeffrey Stout (Princeton University)