Prior to Secular State, Amesbury published two books: Morality and Social Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Faith and Human Rights (Fortress, 2008). Professor Guy Stock writes of Morality and Social Criticism, "Richard Amesbury has produced an excellent book. . . . Amesburys central project is to preserve - as Rortys pragmatism self-admittedly cannot - the rationality of radical criticism within the spheres of moral, political and religious thought and action. In doing this he finds himself confronting issues that relate quite generally to the nature of rationality and these he takes to be linked inextricably to the philosophy of language and to be fundamentally logical.
Presently, Prof. Amesbury serves on the steering committees of both the American Academy of Religions Religion and Politics Section and Law, Religion, and Culture Group and chairs the AARs Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion.