Vincent Phillip Muñoz
Associate Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise
Constitutional law, American politics, political philosophy
Muñoz’ recent research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the U.S. Constitution. In his newly released book “God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson,” he questions the traditional view of the founding fathers’ stance on religious liberty. Muñoz rejects the consensus view that the founding fathers agreed about the meaning of religious liberty by showing how Presidents James Madison, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson disagreed about the separation of church and state. He explains why the founders’ disagreement means that no single church-state position can claim the exclusive authority of America’s founding history. In doing so, Muñoz reveals how the founders have been misused by Supreme Court justices, demonstrates the limits of “originalism” in church-state jurisprudence, and explains how the founders’ different positions would adjudicate contemporary church-state controversies.
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Social-cultural anthropology, international migration, pluralism, European societies
International trade and finance, U.S and international economy
Economics of the family, economic demography, health economics
International relations, international security, political theory and international relations, and American foreign and defense policies.
Death penalty, free speech, school choice, Catholic social thought, church/state relations, religion in the public square, free exercise of religion, federalism and criminal law, Supreme Court, criminal defense, religious liberty, education reform
International criminal law, complex criminal litigation, terrorism, terrorist financing, anti-money laundering, organized crime
Management psychology, leadership personality, moods, emotions, and career and life success
New Testament Interpretation, Early Christian Martyrdom, Resurrection and Afterlife, Constructions of Disease and Disability in the Bible, Early Christian Origins.
Warfare, anthropology of war and peace, epicenters of conflict and peacebuilding, transnational crime, globalization, gender, culture theory
International law, international legal regulation of the use of force, conflict and dispute resolution