Ryan MacPherson

Ryan MacPherson

  • History
  • Associate Professor - History
History of USA I, History of USA II, Topics in World History, The Era of the American Revolution, Religion in American History, History and Philosophy of Science, Ethics in Science


  • Ph.D., History and Philosophy of Science (University of Notre Dame, 2003)
  • M.A., Confessional Lutheran Theology (Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, in progress)

Academic Interests

  • U.S. constitutional law
  • American religious history
  • History of science
  • Bioethics
  • Marriage and family in public policy


  • Rediscovering the American Republic: Biographies, Primary Texts, Charts, and Study Questions—Exploring a People’s Quest for Ordered Liberty; Volume 1: 1492-1877 (2012)
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  • The Culture of Life: Ten Essential Principles for Christian Bioethics (2012) View Book Listing
  • Studying Luther’s Large Catechism: A Workbook for Christian Discipleship (2012)
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  • Telling the Next Generation: The Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Vision for Christian Education, 1918–2011 and Beyond (editor and contributor, 2011) View Book Listing

Articles and Chapters

  • "Marital Parenthood and American Prosperity: As Goes the Middle-Class Family, So Goes the Nation," The Family in America 26, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 1–21. View Article
  • "The Natural Law of the Family," chapter 11 in Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal, edited by Robert C. Baker (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2011), 201-19. View Book Listing


  • Senior Editor, The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy (Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, Sept. 2012-present) View Website
  • Evangelical Lutheran Synod Historical Society (board of directors)
  • University Faculty for Life (member)
  • Lutherans for Life (speakers’ bureau)