John Inazu

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Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion

John Inazu holds a joint appointment in the Washington University School of Law and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.  He teaches courses in law and religion, criminal law, religion and politics, and the First Amendment.  In 2014, he was the law school’s David M. Becker Professor of the Year.

Professor 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 is Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016). He is the special editor of a volume on law and theology published in Law and Contemporary Problems.

Professor Inazu has a BSE in civil engineering from Duke, a law degree from Duke Law School, and a PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He clerked for Judge Roger Wollman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and served for four years as an active-duty Air Force attorney at the Pentagon.  In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Inazu writes regularly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA Today, the Washington Post, the Hedgehog Review, and Christianity Today.  He serves on the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Clayton.  He and his wife, Caroline, have three children: Lauren, Hana, and Sam.

Professor Inazu has spoken broadly to different audiences about Confident Pluralism.  He has coauthored an article with Timothy Keller on related ideas that appeared in Christianity Today.