Faculty & Staff


Adam Porter

Joel Scarborough Professor of Religion
Kirby Learning Center, Room 210
Research Interests
Digital Humanities, especially how data can be analyzed and visualized, with a special interest in representing data on maps.
Duke University | Ph.D. | Jewish Studies
Harvard Divinity School | M.T.S.
Oberlin College | B.A. | Economics (major), Religion (minor)

Adam Porter believes in cross-cultural understanding. To that end, he has taken groups of students on BreakAways to many different countries, including the UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Cuba, and Japan. He particularly loves introducing students to new cultures and showing them how to be a good traveler with a goal to empower them to travel widely and enjoy other cultures. He has similar goals when teaching religion courses and aims to introduce students to new ways of understanding the world and how different religions respond to it. As a professor, he identifies with Morpheus from the movie The Matrix when he advises Neo to "free your mind." He too hopes a liberal arts education will open a whole new world to students.