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Stephanie Muravchik received her PhD in American history from the University of Virginia and was previously a fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. Her research has focused on twentieth-century American religion and the way self and community have been historically constituted in the United States.
Muravchik’s first book, American Protestantism in an Age of Psychology (Cambridge University Press, 2011), challenges the claim that psychology has been used to weaken American religion, virtue and community. It shows how major psychospiritual movements since World War II, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and The Salvation Army, innovated a practical religious psychology that nurtured participants’ faith, fellowship, and responsibility. And by fostering community and responsibility among some of America’s most disaffected citizens, psychospiritual movements helped cultivate the kind of society that bolsters our liberal democracy.
Muravchik currently teaches courses on the history of religion and the history of the family at the Claremont Colleges.