Professor Andrew Murphy 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. Before arriving at Rutgers in 2008, he taught at Valparaiso University, Villanova University, and the University of Chicago. Murphy has served as Co-President of the Association for Political Theory (2008-2014) and as Book Review Editor of Politics and Religion (2008-2015).
Please see the CV for Professor Murphy's latest publications.
Andrew R. Murphy
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Ph.D. (1996) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
M.A. (1991) University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
B.A. (1989) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science/Psychology
2016-present Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
2011-present Faculty Associate, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
2014-2017 Faculty Director, Lloyd Gardner Fellowship in Leadership and Social Policy, Rutgers
2011-2014 Director, Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy, Department
of Political Science, Rutgers University
2008-2016 Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
2006-2008 Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Philosophy
Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University
2007-2008 Adjunct Associate Professor, Valparaiso University School of Law
2002-2006 Assistant Professor of Humanities and Political Philosophy
Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University
2001-2002 Lecturer, Social Sciences Collegiate Division, University of Chicago
2000-2002 Senior Fellow, Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School
1997-2000 Arthur J. Ennis Postdoctoral Scholar in Core Humanities, Villanova University
Honors and Awards
Fall 2018 (awarded) Richard L. Morrill Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Democratic Values, University of
May 2016 Distinguished Contributor to Undergraduate Education, School of Arts and Sciences,
Rutgers University – New Brunswick
2015-16 Faculty Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis
Spring 2012 Overseas Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
2011-2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (FA-55440)
Liberty, Toleration, and Law: The Political Thought of William Penn
Summer 2010 Participant, NEH Summer Seminar, Princeton University: “Descartes, Galileo, Hobbes:
Philosophy and Science, Politics and Religion During the Scientific Revolution”
May-June, 2009 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow
Library Company of Philadelphia/Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Spring 2007 Visiting Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
2006-2007 University Research Professor, Valparaiso University
Summer 2003 Summer Research Grant, Valparaiso University: “‘One Nation Under God,’ September
11, and the Chosen Nation”
Summer 1999 NEH Summer Stipend: Narratives of Decline in the History of Political Thought
September, 1998 Aaron Wildavsky Award (American Political Science Association Religion and Politics Section prize for best dissertation), Conscience and Community
October, 1997 Sawyer Visiting Fellow, International Institute, University of Michigan
Summer 1996 Summer Fellow, Pew Program in Religion and American History, Yale University
1995-96 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Graduate Dissertation Fellowship
1995-96 Humane Studies Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
August, 1995 Best Paper Award, APSA Religion and Politics Section; for “The Uneasy Relationship Between Social Contract Theory and Religious Toleration”
June, 1995 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, The Library Company of Philadelphia
March, 1995 Everett Helm Visiting Fellow, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington
Summer 1994 Keck and Middlekauff Fellow, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.Murphy, Andrew R., and David S. Gutterman. Political Religion and Religious Politics: Navigating Identities in the United States. Routledge, 2015.
Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009; paperback, 2011.
Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America. University Park: Penn State University Press, 2001; paperback, 2003.
A Companion to Religion and Violence. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Literature, Culture, Tolerance. Edited by Andrew Murphy, Jaroslav Pluciennik, Charles Russell, and Irena Hubner. Hamburg: Peter Lang, 2009.
Religion, Politics, and American Identity: New Directions, New Controversies. Edited by David S. Gutterman and Andrew R. Murphy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006; paperback, 2008.
The Political Writings of William Penn. Introduction and Annotations by Andrew R. Murphy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2002.
“The Emergence of William Penn, 1668-1671.” Journal of Church and State 57: 2 (Spring 2015): 333-359.
[with David S. Gutterman.] “The ‘Ground Zero Mosque’: Sacred Space and the Boundaries of American Religion.” Politics, Groups, Identities 2: 3 (2014):368-385.
“Trial Transcript as Political Theory: Principles and Performance in the Penn-Mead Case.” Political Theory 41: 6 (2013): 775-808.
“The Limits and Promise of Political Theorizing: William Penn and the Founding of Pennsylvania.” History of Political Thought 34 (2013): 639-668.
“Longing, Nostalgia, and Golden Age Politics: The American Jeremiad and the Power of the Past.” Perspectives on Politics 7: 1 (2009), 125-141.
“Two American Jeremiads: Traditionalist and Progressive Stories of American Nationhood.” Politics and Religion 1: 1 (2008), 85-112.
“Augustine and the Rhetoric of Roman Decline.” History of Political Thought 26: 4 (2005), 586-606. [Reprinted in Augustine and History, ed. Kim Paffenroth. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.]
“‘One Nation Under God,’ September 11, and the Chosen Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment in American Public Discourse.” Political Theology 6: 1 (January 2005), 9-30. [Reprinted in In God We Trust? Cultural Conflict and Consensus in Post-9/11 America, ed. Carl Raschke and David Hale. Silverton, CO: Aspen Academic Press, 2006.]
“Antimodernism, Environmentalism, and the Recurrent Rhetoric of Decline.” Environmental Ethics 25: 1 (Spring 2003), 79-98.
“Rawls and a Shrinking Liberty of Conscience.” The Review of Politics 60: 2 (Spring 1998), 247-276.
“Tolerance, Toleration, and the Liberal Tradition.” Polity 29: 4 (Summer 1997), 593-623.
“The Uneasy Relationship Between Social Contract Theory and Religious Toleration.” The Journal of Politics 59: 2 (May 1997), 368-392.
“The Mainline Churches and Political Activism: The Continuing Impact of the Persian Gulf War.” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 76 (1993), 525-549.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
“‘Lively Experiment’ and ‘Holy Experiment’: Two Trajectories of Religious Liberty.” In The Lively Experiment, ed. Chris Beneke and Christopher Grenda. Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.“An American General Will? ‘The Bond of Brotherly Affection’ in New England.” In The General Will: The Evolution of a Concept, ed. James Farr and David Lay Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
[with Sarah Morgan Smith.] “Law and Civil Interest: William Penn’s Toleration.” In Religious Tolerance in Early Modern England: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Eliane Glaser. Palgrave, 2013.
Murphy, Andrew, and Elizabeth Hanson. “From King Phillip’s War to September 11: Religion, Violence, and the American Way.” In From Jeremiad to Jihad: Religion and Violence in American History, ed. John Carlson and Jonathan Ebel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.“Cromwell at Drogheda, Mather in Boston: The Rhetoric of Puritan Violence.” In A Companion to Religion and Violence, ed. Andrew R. Murphy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.“The Christian Right’s Traditionalist Jeremiad: Piety and Politics in the Age of Reagan.” In The 80s: A Critical and Transitional Decade, ed. Kimberly R. Moffitt and Duncan A. Campbell. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2011.
“Persecuting Quakers? The Politics of Toleration in Early Pennsylvania.” In The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Religious Intolerance in the Making of America, ed. Christopher Beneke and Chris Grenda. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.
Murphy, Andrew R., and Caitlin S. Kerr. “Pursuit of the Moral Good and the Church-State Conundrum in the United States: The Politics of Sexual Orientation Beyond Lawrence.” In Oxford Handbook on Church and State in the United States, ed. Derek H. Davis. Oxford, 2010.
“Prodigal Nation: September 11 and the American Jeremiad.” In 9/11: The Day that Changed Everything?, ed. Matthew Morgan. Volume 6. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
“Two Concepts of Tolerancja.” In Literature, Culture, Tolerance. Edited by Andrew Murphy, Jaroslav Pluciennik, Charles Russell, and Irena Hubner. Hamburg: Peter Lang, 2009.
“Religion and the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln.” In Religion and the American Presidency, ed. Gaston Espinosa. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.“Dwa pojmowania tolerancji” [Two Types of Tolerance]. In Literatura, Kultura, Tolerancja, ed. G. Gazda, I. Hübner, and J. Płuciennik. Kraków: Universitas, 2008.
Murphy, Andrew, and Jennifer Miller. “The Enduring Power of the American Jeremiad.” In Religion, Politics, and American Identity: New Controversies, New Directions. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006.
“Augustine and English Protestants: Order and Authority, Coercion and Dissent in the Earthly City.” In Augustine and Liberal Education, ed. Kim Paffenroth and Kevin Hughes. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000.
Invited Essays, Occasional Pieces
“From Practice to Theory to Practice: William Penn from Prison to the Founding of Pennsylvania.” In “Enlightenment and Toleration,” a special issue of History of European Ideas (2016).Review Forum: Ted Smith, Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics. March 2015. Online at http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/political-theology-divine-violence-forum-ted-smiths-weird-john-brown/“Guest editorial: Complicating Covenantalism.” Introduction to forum on William F. May, Testing the National Covenant: Fears and Appetites in American Politics. Political Theology 15: 3 (May 2014): 217-219.“Religion, Civil Religion, and Civil War: Faith and Foreign Affairs in the Lincoln Presidency.” The Review of Faith and International Affairs 10 (2011), 21-28. “Civil Religion for a Diverse Polity.” Symposium on Philip Gorski’s “Barack Obama and American Civil Religion.” Political Power and Social Theory 22 (2011), 223-234.
“New Israel in New England: The American Jeremiad and the Hebrew Scriptures.” Hebraic Political Studies 4: 2 (2009), 128-156. [invited contribution to special issue]
Forum on Stuart Schwartz, All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World. William and Mary Quarterly 3rd Series, 66: 2 (April, 2009), 418-420, 431-433.
“When is a Jeremiah not a Jeremiah? The Jeremiad and Race in America.” On several religion, politics, and American history sites; including www.usreligion.blogspot.com, www.hnn.us, and www.religiondispatches.org. 28 April 2008.
“The Inversion of Whig History: Narratives of Liberal Decay in Contemporary America.” The Cresset 60 (Advent 2005), 18-29.
“Believing and Doing: The President’s Religion.” Sightings May 12, 2005. Online at http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2005/0512.shtml.
“The Naked Public Square Twenty Years Later.” First Things November 2004: 16-17.
“Politics, Piety, and the Rhetoric of American Moral Decline.” The Willamette Journal of the Liberal Arts 12 (Summer 2002), 1-23.
“Pat Robertson and the Rhetoric of Decline.” Sightings October 17, 2001 (Online at http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2001/sightings-101701.shtml) .
Entries in reference works
“Jeremiad.” Entry in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 13, ed. Christinie Helmer et al. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.
“William Penn.” Entry in The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, Vol. II, ed. Mark G. Spencer. Bloomsbury, 2015.
“Conscience.” In Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, ed. Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert Segal. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
“Anticlericalism” and “Jeremiad.” In The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael Gibbons. Blackwell, 2014.“William Penn.” Entry (2500 words) in Dictionary of Early American Philosophers. Thoemmes/ Continuum, 2012.
Ten (10) entries in The International Encyclopedia of Political Science, ed. George Kurian. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010. [Toleration, Jeremiad, Puritanism, Family Values; and biographical entries on Robert Filmer, Richard Hooker, Abraham Lincoln, J.G.A. Pocock, Quentin Skinner, and Judith Shklar]
Three (3) entries in The Encyclopedia of Political Theory, ed. Mark Bevir. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010. [Divine Right of Kings, Religious Freedom, Toleration]
Three (3) entries in The Encyclopedia of the Culture Wars, ed. Roger Chapman. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2009. [James Davison Hunter, Pat Buchanan, and Founding Fathers.]
“Corruption.” In The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, ed.-in-chief Maryanne Cline Horowitz. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons Reference Books, 2004.
Six (6) entries in The Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, ed. Paul A. Djupe and Laura R. Olson. New York: Facts on File, 2003. [Communitarianism, William Penn, John Winthrop, Anne Hutchinson, Pilgrims, and Cotton Mather.]
“Puritans and Other Religious Dissenters.” In The Encyclopedia of American Immigration, ed. James Ciment and Immanuel Ness. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2001.
Finbarr Curtis, The Construction of American Religious Liberty. Politics and Religion 10 (2017): 473-476.
Alan Kahan, Tocqueville, Democracy, and Religion: Checks and Balances for Democratic Souls. Journal of Church and State 58 (2016): 774-777.
Crawford Gribben and Scott Spurlock (ed), Puritans and Catholics in the Trans-Atlantic World 1600-1800. British Catholic History 33 (2017): 479-481.
Amy Kittelstrom, The Religion of Democracy: Seven Liberals and the American Moral Tradition. Journal of American History 103 (2016): 162.
Thomas E. Buckley, Establishing Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Statute in Virginia. Catholic Historical Review 102 (Winter 2016): 189-191.
Randall Balmer. Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter. For Marginalia (Los Angeles Review of Books), online at http://marginalia.lareviewofbooks.org/redeeming-jimmy-carter-by-andrew-r-murphy/.
Jonathan Fox, An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory and Practice. The European Legacy. Online 5 June 2015. DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2015.1046693
Ella Myers, Worldly Ethics: Democratic Politics and Care for the World. Left History 18: 1 (2014): 109-111.
Evan Haefeli, New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty. Early American Literature 49 (2014): 602-605.
Gregg L. Frazer, The Religious Beliefs of America's Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution. American Political Thought 3 (2014): 177-179.
Nicholas P. Miller, The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State. Journal of American Studies 47 (2013): E96.
Scott Sowerby, Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution. Renaissance Quarterly 66 (2013): 1444-1446.
Michael Hoberman, New England/New Israel: Jews and Puritans in Early America. American Jewish History 97 (2013): 193-195.
Review Essay: Jason Frank, Constituent Moments: Enacting the People in Postrevolutionary America; and Vickie Hsueh, Hybrid Constitutions: Challenging Legacies of Law, Privilege, and Culture in Colonial America. Perspectives on Politics 9: 1 (2011): 157-161.
David Hempton, Evangelical Disenchantment: Nine Portraits of Faith and Doubt. Church History 79 (2010): 485-487.
Review Essay: George McKenna, The Puritan Origins of American Patriotism, and Matthew S. Holland, Bonds of Affection: Civic Charity and the Making of America – Winthrop, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Politics and Religion 3 (2009): 462-466.
Rick Perlstein, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America. The Episcopal New Yorker, April/May 2009: 23.
Ronald C. White, Jr., A. Lincoln: A Biography. The Christian Century, May 5, 2009: 45-47.
Anthony Gill, The Politics of Religious Liberty. Perspectives on Politics 6 (2008): 586-587.
Allen C. Guelzo, Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America. The Christian Century, August 26, 2008: 27-28.
Chris Beneke, Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism. The Journal of Religion 88 (2008), 233-235.
Julia Reinhard Lupton, Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology. The Journal of Religion 86 (July 2006), 513-515.
Review Essay: “Christendom in an Age of Enlightenment: The Political Theology of Oliver O’Donovan.” The Cresset 69 (Trinity 2006), 55-59.
Thomas Pangle, Political Philosophy and the God of Abraham. Perspectives on Politics 2: 3 (September 2004), 279-281.
Ingrid Creppell, Toleration and Identity: Foundations in Early Modern Thought. The Review of Politics 66: 3 (Summer 2004), 521-523.
Dale McConkey and Peter Augustine Lawler (eds), Faith, Morality, and Civil Society. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43: 3 (September 2004), 458-459.
Review Essay: Paul Marshall, God and the Constitution: Christianity and American Politics; and Frank Lambert, The Founding Fathers and the Place of Religion in America. The Christian Centry, February 24, 2004: 62-64.
Alex Tuckness, Locke and the Legislative Point of View: Toleration, Contested Principles, and the Law. The Review of Politics 65: 2 (2003), 283-286.
Edward G. Andrew, Conscience and its Critics: Protestant Conscience, Enlightenment Reason, and Modern Subjectivity. The Journal of Politics 65: 1 (2003), 293-295.
Daniel Engster, Divine Sovereignty: The Origins of Modern State Power. Perspectives on Politics 1: 1 (2003), 162-163.
Philip Hamburger, Separation of Church and State. The Christian Century, July 3-10, 2002: 33-36.
Robert D. Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. The Review of Politics 63: 2 (2001), 408-411.
Jochen Achilles and Carmen Birkle (eds.), (Trans)Formations of Cultural Identity in the English-Speaking World. The Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature 1 (May 1999); available online at http://www.brynmawr.edu/bmrcl/rev2murphy.html.
Review Essay: David Herbert Donald, Lincoln; and Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson: The Mind on Fire. The Review of Politics 58 (1996), 620-623.
Iris Marion Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference. The Journal of Politics 54 (1992), 911-914.
[with Adrian Chastain Weimer.] “Colonial Quakerism.” For Volume I, Beginnings to the Toleration Act (ed. John Coffey), of The Oxford History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions, ed. Mark Noll and Tim Larsen. Oxford Unversity Press.
“William Penn on Fundamental Law.” In Christian Jurists in American History, ed. Daniel Dreisach and Mark Hall. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.
Review of Kathryn Gim Lum, Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction. For American Nineteenth Century History.
Work in Progress, Preparation, or Under Review
An Adopted American: A Life of William Penn. Under contract with Oxford University Press. Publication 2018.
“Loyalists and Royalists: Toward a Political Theory of Loyalty.” Article in preparation for submission.
The Worlds of William Penn. Volume co-edited with John Smolenski. Under contract with Rutgers University Press.
Review of Violence and the World’s Religious Traditions, ed. Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts, and Michael Jerryson. For Sociology of Religion.
Andrew R. Murphy, Gregory S. Zucker and Susan P. Liebell. “Shuffling Tyranny: Popish Plots, Playing Cards, and Political Theory.” Under review in Against Popery and Slavery: Anti-Catholicism and Protestant Liberty in the British-American World, 1550-1850, ed. Evan Haefeli.
“The Theory and Practice of Toleration: 'Secularity' and 'Religion' in Early Modern Political Argument." Delivered at “Secularization and Toleration,” Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile, November 2016.
"The Roads to and from Cork: Ireland in William Penn's Theory of Religious Toleration." Keynote address to “The World of William Penn: Toleration and Migration,” University College Cork, September 2016.
“From Practice to Theory to Practice: William Penn from Prison to the Founding of Pennsylvania.” Delivered to “Religious Toleration in the Age of Enlightenment,” Pamplona, Spain, June 2015.
“Teaching Locke’s Second Treatise.” Lunchtime lecture and discussion to the Columbia University Contemporary Civilization Faculty, November 2012.
“The Politics of Erroneous Conscience.” Plenary address to the Stanford Interdisciplinary Conference on Conscience, November 2012.
“The Limits of Political Theory: Religion and Politics, Interests and Ideals in the Founding of Pennsylvania.” Hinckley Forum, University of Utah, April 2011.
“William Penn’s Pursuit of Religious Liberty.” Grove City College’s American Founders Series, Pittsburgh, March 2011.
“Prodigal Nation: The American Jeremiad from New England to 9/11 and Beyond.” St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, February 2011.
“Persecuting Quakers? Liberty and Toleration in Early Pennsylvania.” Delivered at George Fox University, October 2010.
“The American Jeremiad, Then and Now.” Invited lecture to the Ohio University Scholars Program, April 2010.
“The American Jeremiad: Religion and Rhetoric in New England and Beyond.” Plenary address at “Religious Transformations in the Early Modern Americas,” Huntington Library, November 2009.
“What’s so Liberating about the Liberal Arts?” Plenary discussion with Stephen Salkever. Association for Political Theory Conference, October 2009.
“Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11.” Harry Davis Lecture, Beloit College. March 2009.
“The Prodigal Nation, From the Puritans to 9/11.” Christ College Symposium, Valparaiso University. February 2009.
“Two Types of Tolerance.” Plenary address at Literature, Culture, and Tolerance conference, University of Lodz, Poland. May 2007.
“From King Phillip’s War to September 11: Religion, Violence, and the American Way.” Presented at “Saving Faith/Killing Faith: A Religious History of Violence and Restraint,” The Illinois Forum on Religion in America, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 2007.
“Politics, Piety, and Pat Robertson: Reflections on the Rhetoric of American Moral Decline.” “Religion and Politics in the United States,” Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, November 2001.
Papers and Presentations
“Religious Toleration and Moral Orthodoxy: William Penn and the Politics of Conscience.” Presented at the
International Society for Intellectual History conference “The Religion of Religious Belief in the
Making of Modernity,” Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, May 2017.
[with Gregory Zucker.] “Playing Cards as Political Theory.” APSA, 2016.
“Beyond Baltimore: Borders, Boundaries, and William Penn’s American Struggles.” “On Edge: New Frontiers in Atlantic History,” University of Southampton, June 2016.
[with Noah Eber-Schmid.] “Loyalists and Royalists: Toward a Political Theory of Loyalty.” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 2016.
“Playing Cards as Political Theory: Toward a Pictorial Theory of Politics.” Presented at the Association for Political Theory Conference, October 2015.
“American Rivals: Beyond Baltimore.” Presented at “The Worlds of William Penn,” Rutgers University,
“The Complexities of Consent: William Penn (1644-1718) in England and America.” Presented at “Consent in Early America, 1600-1900,” Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, March 2015.
“William Penn’s Correspondence: The Personal Politics of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, 1677-1684.” Presented at “From Conquest to Identity: New Jersey and the Middle Colonies in the Seventeenth Century,” Trenton, March 2014.
Matto, Elizabeth C. and Andrew R. Murphy. “The Learning Community: Building a Model for Civic Education & Engagement.” APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, January 2014.
“Forging an Identity of Resistance: The Orthodox Alliance.” Presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2013.
“‘Lively Experiment’ and ‘Holy Experiment’: Two Trajectories of Religious Liberty.” Presented at “No Person Shall Bee Any Wise Molested: Religious Freedom, Cultural Conflict, and the Moral Role of the State,” Newport, Rhode Island, October 2013.
“Denunciation and Toleration: Civil and Uncivil Discourse in Early Quakerism.” 2013 APSA.
“The Genres of American Political Thought and Rhetoric.” Roundtable at 2013 APSA.
“The ‘Ground Zero Mosque’: Sacred Space and the Boundaries of American Religion.” Presented to “Religion and American Life,” King’s College London; and Emerging Trends/Walt Whitman Center Lecture Series, Rutgers University; February 2013.
“The Emergence of William Penn, 1668-1671.” Early Modern British and Irish History seminar, University of Cambridge, February 2012; Rutgers British Studies Center, April 2012; and “Toleration and its Limits” reading group, Yale University, November 2012.
“Tolerance and Intolerance from London to Philadelphia.” Yale European Studies Council conference, “Pluralism, Conflict and Co-Existence: Religion, Politics and Society in Western Europe from the Confessional Age to the Present,” September 2011.
“The Trial Transcript as Political Theory: Penn-Mead in Anglo-American Political Thought.” 2011 APSA.
“The Form and Function of Political Theorizing: Toward an Episodic Political Theory.” University of Utah, April 2011.
“The Limits of Political Theory: Religion and Politics, Interests and Ideals, in the Founding of Pennsylvania.” Religion and Politics Colloquium, MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society, Yale University, February 2011.
“The Form and Function of Political Theorizing.” 2010 APSA.
“Roger Williams and William Penn: Theory and Practice at the Origins of American Political Thought.” Association for Political Theory Conference, Texas A & M University, October 2009.“William Penn and Roger Williams: Parallel Lives?” Presented at “Religion and the State in Islam and the West,” Roger Williams University, April 2009.
“The Rhetoric of Religious Violence in Early America.” Presented at the American Historical Association/ American Society for Church History, January 2009.
“An American General Will? “The Bond of Brotherly Affection” in New England.” Presented at the Symposium on the General Will, Madison, Wisconsin, October 2008.
“New England in New Israel: The American Jeremiad and the Hebrew Scriptures.” Presented at “Political Hebraism: Jewish Sources in the History of Political Thought,” Princeton, September 2008.
“Prodigal Nation: The Past, Present, and Future of the American Jeremiad.” 2008 APSA.
“Cromwell at Drogheda, Mather in Boston: The Rhetoric of Puritan Violence.” Presented at “Religion and Violence in Early America,” Yale University, April 2008.
“Longing, Nostalgia, and the Golden Age.” Presented to the Political Theory Colloquium, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, March 2008.
Roundtable participant, “Religion, Violence, and War in America.” 2007 American Academy of Religion.
“The Politics of Longing and Nostalgia: The American Jeremiad and the Power of the Past.” 2007 APSA.
“Two American Jeremiads: Constraining and Capacious Stories of American Nationhood.” 2007 Western Political Science Association.
“Narratives and National Identity: The Past, Present, and Future of the American Jeremiad.” At “U.S. National Identity in the 21st Century,” Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, November 2006.
“The American Jeremiad as History, Politics, and Narrative.” 2006 Association for Political Theory.
“Two American Jeremiads: Capacious and Constraining Stories of American Nationhood.” Invited presentation to the Political Theory Convocation, Texas A & M University, October 2006.
“Pluralizing the Jeremiad: Narrative and Religious Diversity in Contemporary American Public Life.” 2005 American Academy of Religion.
“Narrative in Politics: Insight, Danger, and Potential.” 2005 Association for Political Theory.
“The Rhetoric of War and Decline: Thucydides and Mencius.” 2005 APSA.
“Two American Jeremiads: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11.” 2004 Association for Political Theory.
“Moral Decline, Divine Punishment, and American Slavery.” 2004 Midwest.
“Augustine and the Rhetoric of Roman Decline.” 2003 APSA.
“‘One Nation Under God,’ September 11, and the Chosen Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment in American Public Discourse, Past and Present.” Res Publica Conference “One Nation Under God? Unity and Diversity in an Age of Religious Conflict,” Aspen, Colorado, October 2002.
“Decline and Renewal: The American Jeremiad, Then and Now.” Henry Institute Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, May 2002.
“Rhetoric, Metaphor, and Decline in the History of Political Thought.” 2002 Midwest.
“The Varieties of Contemporary Declinism: Narratives of Decline, Decay, and Degeneracy at the Millennium.” Political Theory Workshop, University of Chicago, April 2001.
“Piety, Modernity, and Decline: The Religious Narrative of Liberal Decay.” 2001Midwest.
“The Sky is Falling: Narratives of Decline and Decay in Contemporary American Public Discourse.” Presentation at the University of Chicago Divinity School Community Luncheon, February 2001.
“Infection, Enervation, and Cancerous Rot: The Metaphors of Moral Decline from Rousseau to Bork.” “Morality and its Other(s)” conference, Albion College, November 2000.
“Modernity and Moral Decline: A New Old Argument.” 2000 APSA.
“Antimodernism, Environmentalism, and the Recurrent Rhetoric of Decline.” 2000 Western.
“Narratives of Liberal Decay: Religious, Communal, and Environmental Accounts of Decline in Contemporary America.” 1999 Pruit Memorial Symposium “Cultivating Citizens: Soulcraft and Citizenship in Contemporary America,” Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
“Decline at Century’s End: Contemporary Narratives of Liberal Decay and the Inversion of Whig History.” 1999 APSA.
“Conscience Politics and Identity Politics: The Limits and Promise of Liberal Toleration.” Sawyer Seminar “Theories and Practices of Religious Toleration/Intolerance,” The Advanced Study Center of the International Institute, University of Michigan, October 1997.
“Prosecution or Persecution? The Keithian Schism in Early Pennsylvania.” 1997 Pennsylvania Historical Association.
“Liberalism, Identity, and the Limits of the Conscience Paradigm.” 1997 APSA.
“Prosecution or Persecution? The Keithian Schism and the Politics of Colonial Religious Dissent.” 1997 Pew Fellows Conference (Pew Program in Religion and American History), Yale University.
“Liberalism and Identity: Limits of the Conscience Paradigm.” 1997 Midwest.
“Political Liberalism, Religion, and the Overlapping Consensus: Historical and Contemporary Reflections on Rawls and Liberty of Conscience.” 1996 APSA.
“Tolerance and Toleration: Political Psychology and Liberal Theory.” 1996 International Society of Political Psychology.
“Three Religious Dissidents: George Keith, Anne Hutchinson, Roger Williams, and the Politics of Religious Perfectionism.” Early American History Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, 1996.
“Tolerance, Toleration, and the Liberal Tradition.” 1995 APSA.
“The Uneasy Relationship Between Social Contract Theory and Religious Toleration.” 1994 APSA; also at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, July 1994.
“Continuity and Change: Locke, Hegel, and Marx on Property and Political Society.” 1994 Midwest.
“The 'Mainline' Confronts the Persian Gulf War: Assessing the Present Moment in Liberal Protestantism.” 1992 APSA.
Graduate Student Supervision
Rutgers University, Department of Political Science
Dissertation committees chaired:
Sarah Morgan Smith: “Citizens on a Hill: Community and Commitment in New England, 1630-1689” (2016,
currently at Princeton University)
Michael Richards, “Dystopophobia in the History of Political Thought” (ABD)
Ali Alhbabi, “Two Critiques of Modernity: Leo Strauss and Sayyid Qutb”
Ph.D. committees (member)
Danielle Pritchett, “Women’s Electoral Representation in the Dominican Republic”
Albert Castle, “Worker Co-operatives and the Law: Legal Form and Identity in the Democratic Workplace”
Noah Eber-Schmid, “Democratic Fanaticism: Fanaticism, Insurgency, and The Indeterminacy of Democracy in Postrevolutionary American Politics” (2016)
Alina Vamanu, “Political Withdrawal among Immigrants and Refugees from Non-Democratic Regimes: The Case of Romanians in the New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania Metropolitan Area” (2015)
Christina Doonan, “The Sexual Politics of Humanitarian Regulation” (2014)
Benjamin Pauli, “Modern Rebels: The Political Thought of the New Anarchists” (2013)
Joseph de la Torre Dwyer, “Cuba: A Materialist-Feminist Perspective on the Socialist Project” (2012)
Amy Buzby, “Subterranean Politics: Critical Theory, Society and the Freudian Legacy” (2011)
Margot Morgan, “The Decline of Political Theatre in 20th-Century Europe: Shaw, Brecht, Sartre, and Ionesco
James Mastrangelo, “City of God(s): Religiously Inspired Fragmentation in Democratic Discourse” (2009)
Rutgers University, Department of Political Science
Political Science, 514, “American Political Thought”
Political Science 610, “Topics in Political Philosophy: Method, Interpretation, and Analysis in Political Theory”
Political Science 610, “Topics in Political Philosophy: Revivalism and Politics”
Byrne First-Year seminar (Fall 2014, 2016): From Nuns to “‘Nones’: Religion and American Politics” (co-taught with Joseph Williams, Department of Religion)
Byrne First-Year seminar (Fall 2013): “Governor, Prisoner, Founder, Quaker: The Life and Times of William Penn”
Byrne First-Year seminar (Fall 2012): “Insiders and Outsiders: Religion and Political Identity in the United States” (co-taught with Joseph Williams, Department of Religion)
Byrne First-Year seminar (Fall 2011): “Shake n’ Quake: Religion, Politics, and the Quakers in Early America”
Honors 325-326: Lloyd Gardner Fellows seminar, “Democracy and Democratic Revolution”
Honors 325-326: Lloyd Gardner Fellows seminar, “Violence and Non-Violence”
Political Science 395 (seminar), “Social Contract Theory and its Critics”
Political Science 395 (seminar), “Freedom”
Political Science 375-376, “American Political Thought” sequence
Political Science 372, “Modern Political Thought: Machiavelli to Marx”
Political Science 101, “The Nature of Politics”
Honors 260: “Freedom” (interdisciplinary seminar)
Valparaiso University School of Law (Fall 2007)
Law 301, “Enduring Issues in American Law and Politics” (Seminar)
Christ College, Valparaiso University (2002-Present)
Freshman Program, “Texts and Contexts” (2002-3, 2003-4, 2004-5, Spring 2006)
Freshman Seminar: “Machiavelli” (Spring 2003), “Tocqueville’s Democracy in America” (Spring 2008);
Upper level seminars: “Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment” (Fall 2002)
“Justice” (Spring 2003, Fall 2006)
“Freedom” (Fall 2003, Summer 2005 in China, Spring 2006, Spring 2008)
“Interpretation in the Social Sciences” (Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Fall 2005)
“Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society” (Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2008)
“Conservatism” (Fall 2007)
“Enduring Issues in American Law and Politics” (Fall 2007); crosslisted with Law School.
University of Chicago (2001-2002)
Lecturer, Social Sciences Collegiate Division. “Classics of Social and Political Thought”
Villanova University (1997-2000)
Core Humanities Seminar/Honors Program: “Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Thought/Modern Thought: The Enlightenment to the Present”
2015 Reviewer, American Council of Learned Societies Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition
2008-2014 Co-President, Association for Political Theory
2006-2015 Book Review Editor, Politics and Religion
2005-2008 Co-chair, Religion, Politics, and the State Section, American Academy of Religion
2005-2008 International Panel of Editorial Advisers and Consultants; and Category Editor for Political Theory, The International Encyclopedia of Political Science
2004-2006 Section Chair, APSA Religion and Politics Organized Section
2002-2004 Executive Council, APSA Religion and Politics Organized Section
Ad hoc manuscript reviewer (1997-present):
Journals: American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, American Political Thought, Church History, Culture and Religion, Early American Studies, Environmental Politics, The European Legacy, History of European Ideas, History of Political Thought, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Church and State, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Politics, Journal of Religion, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Perspectives on Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Theory, Politics and Religion, Polity, Review of Politics, William and Mary Quarterly
Publishers: Baylor University Press, Blackwell-Wiley, Columbia University Press, Georgetown University Press, New York University Press, Northern Illinois University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave-Macmillan, Penn State University Press, Routledge, Rowman and Littlefield, University of Chicago Press, University of Wisconsin Press
Other Conference Participation
“David Bromwich’s The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke.” Foundation for Law, Justice, and Society Book Colloquium, Oxford, UK, December 2015.
“Author Meets Critics: Eric Foner, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.” At “Rethinking Linoln,” Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions, October 2011.
Panels Organized and/or Chaired
“Reason and Revelation.” 2013 Association for Political Theory.
“Liberalism, Colonialism, and Imperialism.” 2012 Association for Political Theory.
“Islamic Political Thought.” 2011 Association for Political Theory.
“Dismemberment.” 2010 Association for Political Theory.
“History, Religion, and Memory in the United States and Canada.” 2009 American Academy of Religion.
“Islams and Politics.” 2008 American Academy of Religion
“U.S. Foreign Policy and Policies Abroad.” 2007 American Academy of Religion.
“Affect and Politics: Fear, Desire, Longing, Sentiment.” 2007 APSA (organizer and presenter).
“Problems of Modernity in Eighteenth-Century Political Thought.” 2007 Western Political Science Association.
“Global Perspectives: Political Theology at the Crossroads.” 2006 American Academy of Religion.
“Author Meets Critics: David C. Leege, Kenneth D. Wald et al, The Politics of Cultural Differences.” 2006 American Political Science Association. (organizer and chair)
“Author Meets Critics: Richard John Neuhaus’s The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America, 20 Years Later.” 2004 American Political Science Association. (organizer)
“Religion and American Political Theory.” 2004 Southern Political Science Association.
“Beyond Church and State: New Directions in the Study of Religion and American Politics,” and “Religion, Politics, and the American Experience: Facing Forward and Looking Back.” 2003 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. (organizer)
“Biblical Imagery in American Public Life.” Henry Institute Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, May 2002. (organizer)
“Methodologies of Political Theory: Metaphor, Interpretation, Science.” 2002 Midwest Political Science
“Democratic Theory: Historical Views.” 2001 Midwest Political Science Association.
“Republicanism and Political Community.” 1998 American Political Science Association.
“Conscience and Community.” 1998 Midwest Political Science Association. (organizer)
“Interpretation and Method.” 2016 MPSA.
“Political Theologies.” 2014 APT.
“Radical Democracy in America: A Roundtable on Recent Work by Jason Frank.” 2014 APSA.
‘Religion, Rhetoric, and Political Theory: Between Past and Present.” 2014 APSA.
“Methods and Approaches in Political Theory.” 2013 Association for Political Theory.
“Roundtable on American Civil Religion” (Discussion of Benjamin Lynerd, Republican Theology: The Civil Religion of American Evangelicals), Illinois Institute of Technology, April 2013.
“Educating Citizens and Princes,” “Islamic Political Thought.” 2011 Association for Political Theory.
“American Political Thought.” 2011 Association for Political Theory.
“The Sorrows of Political Theory.” 2010 Western Political Science Association.
“Intersections of Religion and Politics.” 2009 Association for Political Theory.
“The Forgotten Founders on Church and State.” 2008 APSA.
“The Religious Foundations of Political Liberalism,” and “Theological and Philosophical Solutions to the Culture Wars.” 2006 Midwest Political Science Association.
“Religion, Culture, and Political Theory.” 2004 Midwest Political Science Association.
“A Roundtable Discussion of Hellfire Nation and A Nation of Agents.” 2004 Southern Political Science Association.
“Contemporary Pluralisms.” Inaugural Conference of the Association for Political Theory, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2003.
“Religion, Politics, and the American Experience: Facing Forward and Looking Back.” 2003 American Political Science Association.
“Sources of American Thought About Religion and Society.” 2002 American Political Science Association.
“Hobbes.” 1998 American Political Science Association.
“Organic Politics.” 1997 Midwest Political Science Association.
University Service: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
2016-17 Appointments and Promotion Committee, School of Social Work
2015-present Core Requirements Committee, School of Arts and Sciences
2014-present Executive Council, Graduate School-New Brunswick
2013-2015 Social Sciences Area Committee, Graduate School-New Brunswick
2012-present Faculty participant, Darien Learning Community (now Darien Civic Engagement Project), Eagleton Institute of Politics
2013-2014 Member, Search Committee, School of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean
Sept-Oct 2013 Member, Strategic Planning Committee, “Building on Faculty Excellence”
2013-present Board Member, Rutgers British Studies Center
2013-2014 Faculty participant, Law and Political Science Discovery House Learning Community
2010-2013 Faculty Fellow, Rutgers Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
2011-2012 School of Arts and Sciences Committee on Undergraduate Education
2010-2011 University Senate (Graduate School, New Brunswick representative)
April 2009 "Pro-Life Doctors and Anti-Birth Control Pharmacists: Is there a Right to Say No?"
Issue discussion moderator, Rutgers Day
Department of Political Science Service
Merit Committee (2015-present)
Strategic Planning/Futures Committee (2014-present)
Graduate Program Committee (2014-2015)
Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (2012-present)
Personnel Committee (2012-14, 2015-2016)
Political Theory Field Chair (2011-present)
Departmental Advisory Committee (2009-2011, 2015-2016)
“Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn.” Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the Pennsbury Society, November 2016.
“The Legacy of Religious Liberty from William Penn to the 21st Century.” Talk in the Princeton Public Library’s series Spotlight on the Humanities: Religion in American Life. October 2016.
“William Penn’s Pursuit of Religious Liberty.” Presentation to the New Brunswick (NJ) Friends Meeting, October 2016.
“William Penn and American Ideals.” Presentation to the Princeton Friends Meeting, January 2011.
“Is America a Religious Country? If so, which one? If not, why not?” Presentation at the Middlesex
County (NJ) Jewish Community Center Senior Program, January 2011.
American Political Science Association
Association for Political Theory
Andrew R. Murphy is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers-New Brunswick. His research focuses on the political and religious dimensions of Anglo-American political thought, in both historical and contemporary contexts. He is co-author, most recently (with David S. Gutterman), of Political Religion and Religious Politics: Navigating Identities in the United States (Routledge, 2015) and of Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn (Oxford, 2016). Murphy’s previous publications include Prodigal Nation: Moral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11 (Oxford, 2008) and Conscience and Community: Revisiting Toleration and Religious Dissent in Early Modern England and America (Penn State, 2001). He edited the Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence (2011), Religion, Politics, and American Identity: New Directions, New Controversies, with David S. Gutterman (Lexington, 2006), and The Political Writings of William Penn (Liberty Fund, 2002). His essays and articles have appeared in Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Religion, Political Theology, The Review of Politics, Polity, The Journal of Politics, and Politics, Groups, and Identities.