Stephen LeDrew was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He completed a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, took a break from academia to spend a year and a half teaching in Japan, and then moved to Toronto to begin a Ph.D in Sociology at York University. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, Uppsala University, Sweden, and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Stephen's research and writing focuses on the politics of secularism. His book The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement (Oxford University Press) explores the rise of the New Atheism and its impact on organized secular activism in North America.
He is currently investigating secularism in North America and Europe in relation to debates about immigration, multiculturalism, and religious accommodation.
“LeDrew’s The Evolution of Atheism makes a strong case that we must cast broadly into today’s culture if we are to understand the staggering success of the works of Richard Dawkins and others. This is a very important book that brings many fresh insights to its topic.”
—Michael Ruse, author of Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know
“An impressively sophisticated study densely packed with interesting and valuable insights about the atheist movement in general and the New Atheism in particular.”
“The success of this book rests on the author's willingness to venture beyond his stated premise, which is to offer an interpretation of modern atheistic movements framed by the lens of evolution...Highly recommended.”