Russell C. Powell

Core Visiting Assistant Professor




Russell Powell is the 2020-21 Core Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Theology and Ethics. Russell's research is in contemporary environmental issues and their religious, ethical, and political resonances, and particularly the religious dimension of American environmental thought. He is currently at work on a book manuscript focused on John Muir, the famed nineteenth-century American conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club, and Muir's influence on conceptions of the sacred in modern American religious consciousness. Russell's research also examines the intersection of race, religion, and environment. He is editor of a special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture that reappraises cornerstone American environmental thinkers in light of contemporary justice concerns over race, gender, and class. Before coming to BC, Russell taught at the College of the Holy Cross, Amherst College, and Princeton University.