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Leigh Eric Schmidt F'13

Leigh Eric Schmidt

Edward C. Mallinckrodt University Professor
Religion and Politics
Washington University in St. Louis
last updated: 09/25/17

ACLS Fellowship Program 2013
University Professor
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
Washington University in St. Louis
Public Atheism: An American History

The object of this research is to offer the first full history of atheists and nonbelievers in American public life. Central topics include: the legal and political standing of nonbelievers (their competence in court and ability to hold public office); the atheist, humanist, and secular specters in American schools and universities; the moral and political threats ostensibly posed by the irreligious (e.g., blasphemy,obscenity, and subversion); and the insistent visibility of freethinking provocateurs (whether as lecturers, cartoonists, publishers, magicians, or civil-liberties activists).

Publications

Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation.
Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation. Princeton University Press, 2016.