Adam Hollowell

Adam Hollowell

Adjunct Instructor of Education

External address: 
2024 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27705
Internal office address: 
Box 104407, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 613-1465


Adam Hollowell serves as Senior Research Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Faculty Director of the Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Scholarship Program. He completed his Ph.D. and M.Th. in theological ethics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and his A.B. at Duke University, where he was a B.N. Duke Scholar. His teaching and research focus broadly on ethics, religion, race, and public policy. His courses include Ethics in an Unjust World (PUBPOL 283) and Race and Public Policy (PUBPOL 190FS). He is the author of Power and Purpose: Paul Ramsey and Contemporary Christian Political Theology, which was recommended for Best First Book Award, Society of Christian Ethics. Follow him on Twitter at @aehollowell


  • Ph.D., University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) 2009

Hollowell, Adam Edward. Power and Purpose Paul Ramsey and Contemporary Christian Political Theology. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2015.

Hollowell, Adam. “Paul Ramsey.” Just War Thinkers From Cicero to the 21st Century, edited by Cian O’Driscoll and Daniel Brunstetter, Routledge, 2017.

Hollowell, Adam. “Tablet and Sword: Religion and Violence in Recent Popular Scholarship on the Muslim World.” Journal of Inter Religious Dialogue, no. 11, Feb. 2013, pp. 61–70. Open Access Copy

Hollowell, Adam. “Just War and Statecraft in Paul Ramsey’s Reading of Luke 14:28-33.” The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, vol. 11, no. 1, Aug. 2012. Open Access Copy

Hollowell, Adam Edward, and John K. Burk. “Paul Ramsey and Reinhold Niebuhr on a Public Theology of Tragedy and the Problem of Dirty Hands.” International Journal of Public Theology, vol. 5, no. 4, Brill, May 2011, pp. 458–75. Crossref, doi:10.1163/156973211x595943. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hollowell, Adam Edward. “Revising Basic Christian Ethics: Rethinking Paul Ramsey’s Early Contributions to Moral Theology.” Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 23, no. 3, SAGE Publications, Aug. 2010, pp. 267–83. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0953946810368025. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hollowell, Adam. “Purposive Politics: Paul Ramsey, Repentance and Political Judgment.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, vol. 30, no. 1, The Society of Christian Ethics, pp. 99–115. Open Access Copy