Leigh Schmidt
Professor, Washington University in St Louis

Leigh E Schmidt is the Edward C Mallinckrodt distinguished university professor in the humanities at Washington University in St Louis. He is an award-winning author of several books, including Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment (2000) and Village Atheists: How America’s Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation (2016).

Written by Leigh Schmidt

The Thomas Paine monument in New Rochelle, New York. Photo by Getty

Monuments to unbelief

Atheist museums, Satanic temples and Thomas Paine statues: how secularists push back against religion in the public sphere

Leigh E Schmidt