Ryan MacPherson

Ryan MacPherson

Professor - History


  • 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)