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John Angus Campbell (born March 10, 1942 in Portland, Oregon, USA) is a retired American Professor of Rhetoric and is a Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture[1] (a branch of the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank[2]) and of the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design,[3] a professional society dedicated to the promotion of intelligent design.

John Angus Campbell
Born (1942-03-10) March 10, 1942 (age 77)
ResidenceBelfair, Washington
NationalityUnited States
EducationPh.D. University of Pittsburgh (1968)
TitleFellow Center for Science and Culture
Professor Emeritus
Spouse(s)Dr. Brooke Quigley


Early lifeEdit

John Angus Campbell was born on March 10, 1942 in Portland, Oregon.[4] He earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968.


Campbell served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Washington from 1968–1995, and as a Professor of Communications at the University of Memphis from 1995 until his retirement in 2005. Together with Stephen C. Meyer (who is also a Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture) he edited Darwinism, Design and Public Education,[5] a collection of articles from the journal Rhetoric and Public Affairs[6]

Campbell was slated to appear as a witness for the defense in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial, but withdrew on June 2, 2005, the day of his scheduled deposition.[7][8]

In 2007 Campbell ran for a seat on the school board in North Mason County, Washington. He offered his services to "restore trust," and "establish transparency", but did not disclose his links to intelligent design. In a telephone interview he stated that he would not be dealing with curricula, and that he is a "Darwinist" who considers that debating Darwin can engage the interest of students and improve their skills in critical thinking. He was quoted as saying "Rather than demonizing people that believe in ID, I think there are ways people could use their ideas to study Darwinism more closely."[9][10] The election was held on November 6, 2007, and the unofficial results showed John Campbell defeating the incumbent Glenn Landram by 2,996 votes (68.06%) to 1,406 (31.94%).[11][12] He currently serves on the schoolboard.[13]


  1. ^ Fellows Archived 2004-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, Center for Science and Culture website
  2. ^ Patricia O’Connell Killen, a religion professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma whose work centers around the regional religious identity of the Pacific Northwest, recently wrote that "religiously inspired think tanks such as the conservative evangelical Discovery Institute" are part of the "religious landscape" of that area."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2007-08-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Society Fellows Archived May 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, International Society for Complexity, Information and Design
  4. ^ Biography of John Campbell Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, from his campaign website
  5. ^ Campbell, John Angus; Meyer, Stephen C., eds. (2004). Darwinism, Design, and Public Education. Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. ISBN 978-0-87013-675-7. Archived from the original on 2006-09-03.
  6. ^ Forrest, Barbara (December 2004). "Darwinism, Design, and Public Education. John Angus Campbell and Stephen C. Meyer, eds" (– Scholar search). Integrative and Comparative Biology. 44 (6): 510–513. doi:10.1093/icb/44.6.510.[dead link]
  7. ^ Humes, Edward (2007). Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul. Ecco/HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-088548-9. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29.
  8. ^ Elsberry, Wesley R. "Can I Keep a Witness?". National Center for Science Education. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  9. ^ Nina, Shapiro (2007-08-29). "Rural School Board Candidate Hasn't Been Forthcoming About His "Intelligent Design" Agenda". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2007-08-29.
  10. ^ Campbell4Kids Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine, his campaign website
  11. ^ "Mason County Daily". Retrieved 2007-11-23.[dead link]
  12. ^ "2 Incumbents Lose on North Mason School Board : Top Stories : Kitsap Sun". Archived from the original on 2007-11-09.
  13. ^ "North Mason Schools to Seek Bond, and Levy, in 2009". Kitsap Sun. June 17, 2008. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008.

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