Gregory Magarian

Professor of Law



B.A., 1989, Yale University
Master of Public Policy, 1993, University of Michigan
J.D., 1993, University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae




Rachel Mance - (314) 935-6403

Phone / Email

Phone:  (314) 935- 3394
E-mail: gpmagarian@wustl.edu 


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 581

Courses Taught

Speech, Press, and the Constitution
Advanced Topics in Free Expression
Constitutional Law I  


Professor Gregory P. Magarian is a well-known expert in free speech, the law of politics, and law and religion. He has written about a variety of topics in constitutional law, including free speech theory and doctrine, media regulation, regulation of political parties, the relationship between church and state, and substantive due process. As part of an ABA project, he led a team of faculty examining the work of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan during the nomination process. A frequent presenter at conferences here and abroad, he has published his scholarship widely in various law reviews. Professor Magarian has taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, as part of the law school's semester exchange partnership and served on the law school's Summer Institute for Global Justice faculty at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, as well as for the Hon. Louis Oberdorfer, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Professor Magarian also practiced law for five years with the Washington, D.C. firm of Jenner & Block as a litigation associate. 

Representative Publications


  • "Managed Speech: The Roberts Court's First Amendment" (work in progress, under contract with Oxford University Press)

Recent Articles and Essays

  • "The New Religious Institutionalism Meets the Old Establishment Clause," in MICAH SCHWARTZMAN ET AL. EDS., THE RISE OF CORPORATE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (Oxford University Press 2016)
  • "The Marrow of Tradition: The Roberts Court and Categorical First Amendment Speech Exclusions," 56 William & Mary Law Review 1339 (2015) (symposium)
  • "Chief Justice Roberts's Individual Mandate: The Lawless Medicine of NFIB v. Sebelius," 108 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy (2013) [SSRN]
  • "Speaking Truth to Firepower: How the First Amendment Destabilizes the Second," 91 Texas Law Review 49 (2012) [SSRN]