Andrew Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor
amurphy5@vcu.edu
804.828.2076
Founders Hall, Room 307

Education

B.A. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1989)
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison (1991)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996)

Background

Andrew Murphy's research takes up the intersections between politics and religion in both historical and contemporary contexts. He is particularly interested in the emergence of religious liberty and liberty of conscience in early modern England and America, and the ongoing ramifications of these debates in contemporary American politics.

In recent years Murphy has focused on the life, career and political thought of William Penn, a figure who brought political theory and practice together in the early modern British Atlantic. He is the author of William Penn: A Life (Oxford, 2019) and Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn (Oxford, 2016). An edition of Penn's political writings, for the Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series, is forthcoming. His work on Penn continues the exploration of these topics begun in his first book, Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America (Penn State, 2001).

In more contemporary terms, Murphy is co-author (with David S. Gutterman, of Willamette University), of Political Religion and Religious Politics: Navigating Identities in the United States (Routledge, 2015) and of Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11 (Oxford, 2008). He edited the Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence (2011) and Religion, Politics, and American Identity: New Directions, New Controversies, with David S. Gutterman (Lexington, 2006).

Select publications

William Penn: A Life (Oxford, 2019)

“The Past and Present (and Future?) Politics of Religious Liberty.” The Forum 17 (2019): 45-67.

The Worlds of William Penn. Co-edited with John Smolenski (Rutgers University Press, 2019)

Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn (Oxford, 2016)

Political Religion and Religious Politics: Navigating Identities in the United States (with David S. Gutterman, Routledge, 2015)