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Douglas Edward Cowan (born August 14, 1958) is a Canadian academic in religious studies and the sociology of religion and currently holds a teaching position at Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.[1] Prior to this appointment he was Assistant Professor of Sociology & Religious Studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.[2]


Education and careerEdit

Cowan was born in Canada and received his undergraduate tertiary education at the University of Victoria where he was awarded the B.A. degree in English literature. He then proceeded to theological studies and received the M.Div (Honours) from St. Andrews Theological College. His doctoral work, which involved an examination of the Christian countercult movement through the prism of the sociology of knowledge and propaganda theory, was undertaken through the University of Calgary.[2]

While Cowan currently describes himself as a methodological agnostic[citation needed], he was ordained to the Christian ministry in the United Church of Canada, and held pastoral positions during his doctoral studies.[citation needed] After graduating with the Ph.D in 1999 Cowan received a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology/CJC and the UMKC Center for Religious Studies.[2] During 2005 he relocated from the USA to his current teaching post at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


  • Cowan, Douglas E. (18 November 2004). Cyberhenge : modern Pagans on the Internet. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415969116.
  • Cowan, Douglas E.; Bromley, David G. (24 September 2007). Cults and new religions : a brief history. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405161282.
  • Cowan, Douglas E. (30 November 2003). The remnant spirit : conservative reform in mainline Protestantism. Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Praeger. ISBN 978-0275974497.
  • Cowan, Douglas E. (30 May 2003). Bearing false witness? : an introduction to the Christian countercult. Westport, Conn. [u.a.]: Praeger. ISBN 978-0275974596.
  • Dawson, Lorne L.; Cowan, Douglas E., eds. (22 July 2004). Religion online : finding faith on the Internet. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415970228.
  • Haddon, Jeffrey K. (1 November 2000). Cowan, Douglas E. (ed.). Religion on the Internet : research prospects and promises (1st ed.). Amsterdam [u.a.]: JAI. ISBN 978-0762305353.
  • Cowan, Douglas E. (1 October 2008). Sacred terror : religion and horror on the silver screen. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press. ISBN 978-1602580183.
  • Cowan, Douglas E. (2007). "Episode 712: South Park, Ridicule, and the Cultural Construction of Religious Rivalry". Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. 17. eISSN 1703-289X

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cowan, Douglas E. "Staff Page". University of Waterloo. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Cowan, Douglas E. "curriculum vitae" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012.

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