Adam Powell

Chair and Founder, RHHR

Adam is a Lecturer in Medical Humanities in the Institute for Medical Humanities and the Department of Theology & Religion at Durham University. His research blends history, theology, psychology, and the social sciences to explore how individuals and collectives manage threats – social and sensory – to religious identity and mental stability. He is the author of Irenaeus, Joseph Smith, and God-Making Heresy (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015) and Hans Mol and the Sociology of Religion (Routledge, 2017) as well as numerous articles on anomalous spiritual experiences, social conflict, and minority religious communities. From 2016 to 2020, Adam was a core member of the award-winning project, Hearing the Voice, the largest ever research study of auditory verbal hallucinations and other voice-hearing experiences. His research into those who hear spiritually-significant voices has been featured in SlateForbesBBC Science Focus, and news outlets in over 30 countries.