Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy, Ph.D.

Job title: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Department of Political Science

Murphy’s research focuses on the interconnections between politics and religion in the history of political thought.

Andrew Murphy, Ph.D., comes to VCU from Rutgers University, where he was professor of political science. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Murphy’s research focuses on the interconnections between politics and religion in the history of political thought. He has explored the historical emergence of liberty of conscience, and the interconnections between political theory and political practice, in “Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn” (2016) and “Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America” (2001).

Murphy’s research has also explored the interconnections between religion and contemporary American politics, most particularly in “Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11” (2008) and (as co-author) “Political Religion and Religious Politics: Navigating Identities in the United States” (2015).

He teaches courses in political theory and religion and politics.

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