Rich Meagher


Rich Meagher

Associate Professor of Political Science

Director of Social Entrepreneurship

Rich Meagher [PRONOUNCED MARR] is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

At the national level, Dr. Meagher has published a number of scholarly and popular articles on religion and politics, particularly focusing on the role of the Christian Right in the Republican Party. More recently, he has been researching American atheism as a social movement; the resulting book, Atheists in American Politics, is forthcoming from Lexington in early 2018.

Dr. Meagher also is an expert observer of local and state politics in the capital city of Richmond, Virginia, and has shared his views during dozens of appearances on local television and radio news programs. He has been quoted about local politics in Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and has published a number of op-eds in that paper. His posts on Virginia and Richmond politics can be found on the Washington Post’s "All Opinions Are Local" page, WRIC’s #RVALife blog,, and his own RVAPolitics site (

In 2011, Dr. Meagher became the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at the College, teaching students to design innovative and systemic solutions to social problems. He is active in the field of service learning and changemaking, and has given numerous talks on the subject to lay audiences.

Dr. Meagher came to Randolph-Macon College in 2009, after teaching for two years at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Before that, he worked for 10 years in the non-profit world. He holds an MA in Philosophy and PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York. He lives with his wife and two daughters on the south side of Richmond.