John Inazu

John Inazu

Associate Professor


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

Curriculum Vitae







Rachel Mance - (314) 935-6403

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-6273


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 537

Courses Taught

Criminal Law
Law, Religion, & Politics (Seminar)
Religion and the Constitution  
Law and Philosophy (Seminar)
First Amendment in Schools (Seminar)


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, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016. Professor Inazu 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.

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. 

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