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Dr Adam Shapiro

PhD, Chicago (2007)
Lecturer in Intellectual and Cultural History

Contact Details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
Room G12
28 Russell Square



  • Adam Shapiro is a historian of science, religion, and education, particularly as they relate to American culture.

Research and teaching

  • Research interests
    History of science, History of religion, US history, history of education
  • Teaching interests
  • Science and Religion: from Galileo to Global Warming; A Group 2 BA course focusing on the development of science, religion, and their relationship from the early modern period to the present.
  • Education and American Culture; A MA module examining the cultural history of the United States through efforts to control, reform, politicise, and utilise schools
  • PhD supervision
    I am available to supervise topics in American cultural history, or the history of science, and/or religion.


  • Books
    Trying Biology: The Scopes trial, textbooks, and antievolution in American schools
  • Articles and chapters
  • “Between Training and Popularization: Regulating Science Textbooks in Secondary Education,” Isis, 103, no. 1 (March, 2012) 99-110.
  • “Science,” in Charles Lippy and Peter Williams, eds. Encyclopedia of Religion in America, (CQ Press, 2010)
  • “State Regulation of the Textbook Industry” chapter in: Adam Nelson and John L. Rudolph, eds.  Education and Print Culture in Modern America. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) 173-190.
  • “The Scopes Trial Beyond Science and Religion” chapter in: Thomas Dixon, Stephen Pumfrey, and Geoffrey Cantor, eds.  Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives.  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010) 382-424.
  • “William Paley’s Lost ‘Intelligent Design.’” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences. 31 (2009) 55-78.
  • “Civic Biology and the Origins of the School Antievolution Movement” Journal of the History of Biology, 41:3 (September, 2008).

Current activities

  • I currently am working on a history of the reception and appropriations of natural theology in Britain and North America from the late eighteenth century to the present.  I am also working on the history of the first antievolution trial in the United States.