John Inazu

Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science, Washington University School of Law
John Inazu

Professor John Inazu's scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, and related questions of legal and political theory. His first book, Liberty's Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012), seeks to recover the role of assembly in American political and constitutional thought. His second book isConfident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Professor Inazu is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He is the special editor of a volume on law and theology published in Law and Contemporary Problems, and his articles have appeared in a number of law reviews and specialty journals. He has written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA TodayCNN, the Hedgehog Review, and the Washington Post.

Professor Inazu was the law school's 2014 David M. Becker Professor of the Year. Prior to joining the law faculty, he was a visiting assistant professor at Duke University School of Law and a Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He clerked for Judge Roger L. Wollman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an associate general counsel with the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon. 

  • B.S.E., 1997, Duke University
  • J.D., 2000, Duke University
  • Ph.D., 2009, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

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Publications and Multimedia
Confident Pluralism: Living in a Deeply Diverse Society
Short video featuring John Inazu
October 12, 2016
The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom - Podcast
Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
March 12, 2015
Liberty’s Refuge - Faculty Book Podcast
Faculty Division Podcast 07-06-12 featuring John Inazu and Michael McConnell
July 06, 2012