James Patterson, Ph.D.

First Liberty Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Politics at Ave Maria University

James M. Patterson is an Associate Professor of Politics at Ave Maria University. Before arriving at AMU, he held teaching positions at Hampden-Sydney College and Gettysburg College as well as research positions at Program in American Values and Institutions at Duke University and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.


His areas of research include religion, race, and American political development. He has published academic work in Journal of Church & State, Perspectives on Political Science, American Political Thought, and Social Science and Modern Society.


In 2019, he published his first book, Religion and the Public Square: Sheen, King, Falwell on the University of Pennsylvania Press. He also has published in more popular online and print periodicals, such as Law and Liberty, First Things, and Catholic Herald. He has given lectures at Princeton University, James Madison University, University of Virginia, George Washington University, and the Acton Institute.


His current work includes an academic article on the history of American Catholic republicanism and another on white Southern opposition to Jim Crow laws. He lives in Ave Maria, Florida, with his wife Julia and his three children, Esmé, Keats, and Stella.

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