Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
If you missed today’s event on “Religion and the American Presidency,” hosted by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America and featuring a panel of leading scholars, you can listen to it by following the link above. The event kicked off the release of a new book, Religion and the American Presidency, which situates the current election within its historical context. The panelists included:
- Barbara Bradley Hagerty, an author and National Religion Correspondent for NPR
- Dr. Melissa Deckman, Associate Professor of Political Science and Louis L. Goldstein Associate Professor of Public Affairs at Washington College
- Dr. Robert P. Jones CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
- Dr. Mark Rozell, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University
- Dr. Stephen Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America
If you want to check out the book, you can find it on Amazon. An extra incentive to give it a read: the chapter on President Obama’s faith and its role in his 2008 campaign and presidency was co-written me and our Research Director, Daniel Cox.