Rachel M. McCleary is a senior research fellow and the director of the political economy of religion project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Taubman Center. Her research focuses on how religious beliefs and practices influence productivity, economic growth, and the maintenance of political institutions such as democracy. She is currently working on a longitudinal study of religious competition, conversion, and syncretization in Guatemala from 1880 to the present. Ms. McCleary's work has appeared in numerous journals, and her books include Seeking Justice: Ethics and International Affairs (Westview, 1992); Dictating Democracy: Guatemala and the End of Violent Revolution (University Press of Florida, 1999, English and Spanish); Global Compassion: Private Voluntary Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy since 1939 (Oxford University Press, 2009), awarded the Skystone Ryan Research Prize 2010; and the Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion (Oxford University Press, 2010). While at AEI, Ms. McCleary's work will focus on the political economy of religion, particularly as it applies to Evangelicals.
Senior Research Fellow, Taubman Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Associate, Peabody Museum, Harvard University
Associate Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Director, Religion, Political Economy, and Society Project, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2001-2007
Lecturer, Department of Government, Harvard University, 2002-2006
Lecturer, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1998
Visiting Professor, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, 1998
Adjunct Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University, 1995-96
Fulbright Research Scholar, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala, 1994
Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1992-94
Lecturer, Department of Politics, Princeton University, 1989-92
Visiting Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1986-89
Ph.D., political theory and moral philosophy, University of Chicago
At this event, four experts on religion and politics in America will discuss the impact of religious groups on the midterm elections and how religious affiliation and beliefs will influence the upcoming presidential election.