Political Science Professor Richard Meagher
Randolph-Macon College Political Science
Professor Richard Meagher presented a paper at the annual conference of the Association
Francaise d’Etudes Americaines (French Association for American Studies) in Angers
on May 24, 2013.
The paper, entitled “’We Must Not Lose Heart’: The Decline of the Christian Right,”
was co-written with Victoria Allen of Queens College in New York City. The paper
argues that the Christian Right, formerly a dominant force among grassroots Republicans,
has been marginalized by Tea Party activism on economic issues, as well as the movement
to the state level of key issues such as abortion and marriage equality.
On May 27, Meagher served on a panel at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée,
just outside of Paris, at a conference entitled “The Obama Coalition: A New Partisan
Regime?” He presented his recent work on the rise of atheism and non-belief and
its effects on American politics.
“I was fortunate to be able to bring two different aspects of my research to share
with American studies scholars in France,” says Meagher. “The scholars I met were
very interested in the arguments my colleague and I make about Christian conservatives.
They were equally taken with the information I shared about the increase in American
‘nones,’ or citizens who don’t ascribe to any particular religion. The trip gave
me some great connections with these scholars; we’re even discussing collaborating
on a panel in Montreal next year.”
Meagher, who joined the R-MC faculty in 2009, earned his B.A. from Muhlenberg College
and his M.A. and Ph.D. from City University of New York. He serves as director of
R-MC’s annual Social Entrepreneurship Week.