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Brian Howell, Ph.D.

Urban Studies

Professor of Anthropology
On Faculty since 2001

Phone: (630)752-5182
Email: Brian.Howell@wheaton.edu


Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2002 Dissertation titled, "At Home in the World: Philippine Protestants and the Creation of Context."

M.A., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1997

M.A., Cross Cultural Studies, Fuller Seminary, CA 1995

B.A., Social Studies, Wesleyan University, CT 1991

About Brian Howell

Dr. Howell is particularly interested in courses dealing with global Christianity, culture theory and inequality as well as anthropology and popular culture, and strives to incorporate such issues into his courses. Dr. Howell and his wife Marissa Sabio reside in Wheaton with their three children and are active church members. Some of Dr. Howell's hobbies include scuba diving, tennis and piano. 

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Anthropology through Film
  • Globalization
  • Culture Theory
  • Culture, Travel, and Tourism
  • Power and Gender in Southeast Asia

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • American Ethnological Society
  • Society for the Anthropology of Religion
  • Society of Urban and Transnational Anthropology


My research interests are in the intersections of culture, globalization and Christianity. I consider myself broadly to be an anthropologist of religion, but my publications have largely been aimed specifically at Christianity as a global/transnational phenomenon, drawing in history, popular culture, congregational studies, and narrative analysis. Since finishing my dissertation at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002, I have published on Philippine Baptists, U.S. Evangelicals, and Short-Term Missions. I am also interested in research on the teaching and pedagogy of anthropology and social engagement. See my Curriculum Vitae (PDF format) for a listing of publications and presentations.