Curriculum Vitae

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Washington University School of Law
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D. (Political Science) (2009)
Fields: Political Theory and Public Law
Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Jr. Multiyear Fellowship

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A. (Political Science) (2007)

Duke University School of Law, J.D. (2000)

Duke University, B.S.E. (Civil Engineering) (1997)



Washington University School of Law
Associate Professor of Law (2011-present)
Associate Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) (2011-present)
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics (affiliate faculty) (2014-present)
David M. Becker Professor of the Year (2013-2014)

University of Virginia
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
Faculty Fellow (2014-2015)

Duke University School of Law
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2010-2011)
Fellow, Program in Public Law (2009-2010)



Ellis & Winters, LLP
Special Counsel (2009)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Teaching Fellow (2006-2008)

Judge Roger L. Wollman
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Law Clerk (2004-2005)

Office of the Air Force General Counsel (National Security & Military Affairs)
Associate General Counsel (2003-2004)

Office of the Air Force General Counsel (Acquisition)
Associate General Counsel (2000-2003)
Chief, Bid Protests (2002-2003)



Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012) (reviewed in Texas Law Review, Washington University Law Review, The New Republic, First Things, Engage, Journal of Legal Education, and others)

Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (in progress)



Theological Argument in Law: Engaging with Stanley Hauerwas, 75 Law & Contemp. Probs., no. 4, 2012



A Confident Pluralism, 88 S. Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015)

The First Amendment’s Public Forum, 55 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015)

Re-Assembling Labor, 2015 Ill. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015) (with Marion Crain)

More is More: Strengthening Free Exercise, Speech, and Association, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 485 (2014)

The Four Freedoms and the Future of Religious Liberty, 92 N.C. L. Rev. 787 (2014)

The Freedom of the Church (New Revised Standard Version), 21 J. Contemp. Legal Issues 335 (2013)

Virtual Assembly, 98 Cornell L. Rev. 1093 (2013)

Stanley Hauerwas & the Law: Is There Anything to Say?, 75 Law & Contemp. Probs., no. 4, i (2012)

The Limits of Integrity, 75 Law & Contemp. Probs., no. 4, 181 (2012)

Factions for the Rest of Us, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1435 (2012)

Justice Ginsburg and Religious Liberty, 63 Hastings L.J. 1213 (2012)

Between Liberalism and Theocracy, 33 Camp. L. Rev. 591 (2011)

The Unsettling “Well-Settled” Law of Freedom of Association, 43 Conn. L. Rev. 149 (2010)

The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, 84 Tul. L. Rev. 565 (2010)

The Strange Origins of the Constitutional Right of Association, 77 Tenn. L. Rev. 485 (2010)

Making Sense of Schaumburg: Seeking Coherence in First Amendment Charitable Solicitation Law, 92 Marq. L. Rev. 551 (2009)

No Future Without (Personal) Forgiveness: Reexamining the Role of Forgiveness in Transitional Justice, 10 Hum. Rts. Rev. 309 (2009)

Boeing v. Roche and the Benefit Theory of Allocability: Unlocking Lockheed or Ignoring Northrop?, 32 Pub. Cont. L.J. 39 (2002)




McCullen v. Coakley, Brief Amicus Curiae of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, et al., in Support of Petitioner Eleanor McCullen (with Michael McConnell)

“Peaceful Coexistence?  Reconciling Non-discrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,” Briefing to United States Commission on Civil Rights (March 22, 2013)

Christian Legal Society v. MartinezBrief Amicus Curiae of the Pacific Justice Institute and Christian Service Charities in Support of Petitioner Christian Legal Society (with Peter Lepiscopo)



“The Christian Witness to the State: Nicolas Wolterstorff on John Howard Yoder,” J.L. & Relig. (forthcoming 2015)

“Institutions in Context,” 50 Tul. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015)

“What is Truth in Ferguson and New York City?” Hedgehog Review (December 17, 2014)

“Protests, Assembly, and the Public Forum,” Yale Books Unbound (December 12, 2014)

“Law and Violence,” Hedgehog Review (November 26, 2014)

“5 Guidelines for Living in a Pluralist Society,” Christianity Today (October 10, 2014)

“Virtual Assembly and the Legal Limits of Digital Dualism” The Infernal Machine (September 24, 2014)

“The Perverse Effects of the ‘All Comers’ Requirement,” Liberty Law Blog (September 15, 2014)

“The Right of Assembly Violently Wrested,” Hedgehog Review (September 11, 2014)

“Are We Ferguson?” CNN (August 21, 2014)

“Let’s Talk About Race,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (August 14, 2014)

“Freedom of the Church Not Freedom of Religion,” Liberty Law Online Forum (August 7, 2014)

“Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights?  It’s More Complicated,” Christianity Today (July 16, 2014)

“The First Amendment Decision Nobody’s Talking About,” Christianity Today (July 1, 2014) (discussing McCullen v. Coakley and Hobby Lobby)

“Advocacy and Association,” 2013 Utah L. Rev. OnLaw 1

“Contraception Fight Not Just a ‘Catholic Thing,’” USA Today (August 20, 2012) (op-ed on contraception mandate and “right to differ”)

“The Right of Assembly” in Heritage Guide to the Constitution (David Forte, ed. 2012)

“The Works of Robert Cover,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought (Spring 2011)

Guest blogger, The Faculty Lounge (Summer 2010)

“Siding With Sameness,” Raleigh News & Observer (July 1, 2010) (op-ed critiquing Supreme Court’s decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez)



Roundtable on Confident Pluralism (with Richard Garnett, Randy Kozel, Jeff Pojanowski, Bryan McGraw, Kristen Deede Johnson, Steven Smith, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Will Baude, Patrick Deneen, and Timothy Zick)
Program on Church, State, and Society
Notre Dame Law School (2014)

“The Church’s Freedom and the Church’s Witness”
Pruis Rule of Law Lecture
Calvin College (2014)

“The Meaning of the 2014 Election” (with Kirsten Powers)
Roanoke College (2014)

“Re-Assembling Labor”
Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference
Yale Law School (2014)

“A Confident Pluralism”
Conference on Religious Accommodation in the Age of Civil Rights
Harvard Law School (2014)

“The First Amendment’s Public Forum”
Symposium on The Contemporary First Amendment: Speech, Press, and Assembly
William & Mary School of Law (2014)

“The Four Freedoms and the Future of Religious Liberty”
Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (2013)

“More is More”
Annual Law and Religion Roundtable
Stanford Law School (2013)

“Groups, Pluralism, and Constitutionalism: Challenging Consensus”
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia (with commentary by Peter Berkowitz) (2013)

“The Freedom of Assembly,” United States Department of State Virtual Lecture Series (2013)

“Is the Supreme Court Threatening Religious Groups?” (debate with Nelson Tebbe)
Murphy Institute, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2013)

Symposium on Liberty’s Refuge (with Judge Janice Rogers Brown, Douglas Laycock, and David Bernstein)
American Enterprise Institute and Federalist Society (2012)

Symposium on Liberty’s Refuge (with Gregory Magarian, Susan Appleton, Robert Vischer, Ashutosh Bhagwat, Neil Richards, Bernadette Meyler, and Ian MacMullen)
Washington University School of Law (2012)

“The Limits of Integrity”
Conference on Theological Argument in the Law (conference organizer)
Duke University School of Law (2011)

“Personal Forgiveness in Transitional Justice”
Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (2008)

Faculty workshops at Duke Law School, Notre Dame Law School, University of Missouri Law School, St. Louis University School of Law, Marquette Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Wake Forest Law School, St. Thomas (Minnesota) Law School, Denver Law School, North Carolina School of Law, the University of California (Davis) Law School, Washington University School of Law, Washington University Political Theory Workshop

Other conference presentations include Harvard University (2007 Graduate Conference in Political Theory); St. John’s University School of Law (2010 Religious Legal Theory Conference), Campbell Law School (2011 Symposium on “Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Christianity”), University of Oklahoma Law School (2011 Conference on Catholic Legal Thought); Northwestern University (2011 Law and Religion Roundtable); Southeastern Association of Law Schools (2012 Panel on “Fifty Years after Engel v. Vitale”), University of San Diego School of Law (2012 Freedom of the Church Conference); Elon University School of Law (2012 Symposium on Emerging Issues in First Amendment Religious Liberty Jurisprudence); DePaul University School of Law (2013 Conference on Religious Institutionalism)

Participated as invited discussant at University of San Diego Law and Philosophy Institute (2010 Freedom of Association Roundtable); Notre Dame Law School (2011 Roundtable on Paul Horwitz’s “First Amendment Institutions”); Harvard Law School (2012 Law and Religion Roundtable); Templeton Foundation (Freedom of Assembly and Religious Liberty (2013); Washington University School of Law First Amendment Roundtable (2013, 2014); Yale Law School (2013 Free Expression Scholars Conference); University of St. Thomas Murphy Institute (2013 Roundtable on St. Thomas More); Notre Dame Law School (2013 Roundtable on Sean Coyle’s “Dimensions of Politics and English Jurisprudence”); Notre Dame Law School (2014 Roundtable on Nicholas Wolterstorff’s “The Mighty and the Almighty”); Villanova Law School (2014 Libertas Workshop on Religious Freedom)



First Year: Criminal Law (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014)

Upper Level: Administrative Law (Spring 2011), Religion and the Constitution (Fall 2011, Fall 2013)

Seminars: Religion and Liberal Democracy (Spring 2010), Law, Religion, and Politics (Fall 2011), Law and Philosophy (Spring 2013), First Amendment in Schools (Fall 2013)

Undergraduate: Major Issues in Political Theory (First Amendment) (Fall 2007, Spring 2008)



Chair, AALS Section on Law and Religion (2014-present); (Program Co-Chair, 2012-13)

Co-Organizer, Washington University Regional Junior Faculty Workshop (2012 – 2013)

Co-Organizer, Washington University First Amendment Scholars Roundtable (2012 – present)

Co-Organizer, Fifth Annual Law and Religion Roundtable (2014)

Curriculum Committee (2011-2012); Admissions Committee (2012- 2013); Clerkship Advisor (2012 – 2013); Student Life Committee (2013 – 2014); First-year Orientation: Introduction to Constitutional Law (2012)

Faculty Executive Committee, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics (2011 – present)

External Reviewer for Yale Law Journal, American Political Science Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Journal of Law and Religion, and Oxford University Press

Faculty advisor to Military Law Society, Student Veterans Association

Organizer, Conference on Theological Argument in Law, Duke University School of Law (2011) (participants included Stanley Hauerwas, Bradley Wendel, Elizabeth Schiltz, Michael Moreland, James Logan, Paul Griffiths, David Skeel, Cathy Kaveny, Charlton Copeland, Guy-Uriel Charles, Stephen Carter, Stephen Macedo, Stanley Fish, and H. Jefferson Powell)



Trustee, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (2015 – present)

Member, Missouri Advisory Committee, United States Commission on Civil Rights (2014 – present)

Introductory Remarks, 2013 Peace Summit, Northwest Academy of Law (St. Louis) (2013)

Moderator, Washington University Veritas Forum (2013, 2014)

Committee, Urban Young Life (St. Louis) (2012 – 2014)

Adult Education Teacher, Memorial Presbyterian Church (2011 – 2013)

Advisor, Character and Citizenship Education Project (Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture) (2012 – present)

Director of Youth Ministries, Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church (2006 – 2008)



Captain, United States Air Force (2000 – 2004)

  • Meritorious Service Medal w/ oak leaf cluster (2003, 2004)
  • Air Force General Counsel’s Honors Program (2000 – 2004)
  • Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate (1997)



Colorado Bar
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
United States Supreme Court