Howell Successfully Defends Dissertation

Christopher Howell

Christopher Howell successfully defended his doctoral dissertation March 23, 2021.  Howell is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Religion in the American Religion track and his work on “Designer Science: An Intellectual History of Intelligent Design” was advised by Dr. David Morgan.  Others present on his committee were (from Duke) Drs. Kate Bowler, Joseph Winters, Mohsen Kadivar and (from University of Wisconsin-Madison) Dr. Ronald Numbers.

Howell is notable in the Department of Religious Studies for his role as instructor of record for the Theology and Fiction of C. S. Lewis course and the wildly popular Harry Potter and Religion course, winning a Dean’s commendation for evaluations in the top 5% of Duke undergraduate instructors for the latter.

Howell was awarded a number of grants and fellowships while at Duke.

The Graduate School, Duke University:

  • 2020 Preparing Future Faculty Fellowship
  • 2020 Bass Instructional Fellowship
  • 2018 Dissertation Research Travel Award: Domestic


  • 2017 Project Science & Orthodoxy Around the World Grant for Research Paper. National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece.


The Graduate Program in Religion wishes Chris Howell all the best in his future endeavors.