Rachel M. McCleary

Research Fellow

Rachel M. McCleary is Senior Research Fellow, Taubman Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.

McCleary’s work is interdisciplinary with theoretical grounding in the fields of political science, sociology, and economics. Within these disciplines, she conducts research on the political economy of religion. Her research focuses on how religion interacts with economic performance and the political and social behavior of individuals and institutions across societies. McCleary studies how religious beliefs and practices influence productivity, economic growth, and the maintenance of political institutions such as democracy.

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Recent Commentary

Holy Bible

Religion and Economic Development

by Rachel M. McClearyvia Policy Review
Friday, March 28, 2008

The advantage of moderation

Analysis and Commentary

What Jefferson Got Right and Wrong about

by Rachel M. McClearyvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 29, 2001

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