Emile Lester


Ph. D., University of Virginia

Areas of specialization:

  • Political Philosophy
  • Research Methods
  • Religion and Politics


Scholarly achievements:

Professor Lester’s book Teaching Religions: A Democratic Approach for Public Schools is published by University of Michigan Press. For details, see http://press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=2180004

Numerous articles in scholarly journals including The Review of Politics, Polity, Journal of Church and State, Politics and Religion, and Public Affairs Quarterly.

Co-authored research report on religion in public education published by First Amendment Center which was featured in The New York Times, The American Interest, USA Today, on C-Span, on NPR, and in various other media outlets around the nation.

  • Recipient of 2010-2011 Jepson Fellowship.
  • Member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, Religion & Education.

To view a guest blog by Professor Lester about his book on the Washington Post’s website, see: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/political-bookworm/post/a-path-to-religion-in-the-classroom/2011/03/08/ABwNKy7_blog.html


To send e-mail to Professor Lester: elester@umw.edu