Dr. Steve Gowler

Interim Associate Provost;
Chester D. Tripp Chair in Humanities;
Professor of General Studies

At Berea College since 1993

Contact Information

Lincoln Hall, 320
CPO 2204
Email: steve_gowler@berea.edu
Phone: 859-985-3181

Office Hours

To make an appointment with Dr. Gowler, please contact Sam Cole (colesa@berea.edu; 859-985-3210).


  • B.A., Campbellsville College, 1976
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1977
  • M.A., University of Louisville, 1980
  • M.A., University of Iowa, 1988
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1989

Selected Publications

“Radical Orthodoxy: William Goodell and the Abolition of American Slavery.” New England Quarterly, December 2018.

“The Habit of Seeking: Liberal Education and the Library at Berea College,” Library Trends, Fall 1995.

“Liberation Theology: An Introduction to Its History and Themes,” Counseling and Values, October 1986.

“No Second-hand Religion: Thomas Erskine’s Critique of Religious Authorities,” Church History, June 1985.

“Coleridge as Hermeneut,” Anglican Theological Review, April 1984.

“That Profound Silence: The Failure of Theodicy in Melville’s Pierre,Southern Humanities Review, Summer 1981.