John Inazu

John Inazu

Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)


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)
Advanced First Amendment (Seminar)
Religious Freedom in America (Undergraduate)


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 is Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 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. He has written broadly for mainstream audiences in publications including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, 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. 

Representative Publications


  • Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, University of Chicago Press (2016) [WEBSITE
  • Liberty's Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly, Yale University Press (2012) [WEBSITE]

Articles & Essays

  • "Unlawful Assembly as Social Control," 64 UCLA Law Review (forthcoming 2017) [SSRN]
  • "Re-Assembling Labor" (with Marion Crain), 2015 Illinois Law Review 1791 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "A Confident Pluralism," 88 Southern California Law Review 587 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "The First Amendment's Public Forum," 56 William & Mary Law Review 1159 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "Institutions in Context," 50 Tulsa Law Review 491 (2015) [SSRN]
  • "More is More: Strengthening Free Exercise, Speech, and Association," 99 Minnesota Law Review 485 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "The Four Freedoms and the Future of Religious Liberty," 92 North Carolina Law Review 787 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "The Freedom of the Church (New Revised Standard Version)," 21 Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 335 (2013) [SSRN]
  • "Virtual Assembly," 98 Cornell Law Review 1093 (2013) [SSRN]
  • "Theological Argument in the Law: Engaging Stanley Hauerwas," (special editor's introduction to symposium volume) and "The Limits of Integrity,"  75 Law & Contemporary Problems, no. 4 (2012) [WEBSITE]
  • "Factions for the Rest of Us," 89 Washington University Law Review 1435 (2012) [PDF]
  • "Justice Ginsburg and Religious Liberty,"  63 Hastings Law Journal 1213 (2012) [SSRN]
  • "Between Liberalism and Theocracy," Campbell Law Review 591 (2011) [PDF]
  • "The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly," 84 Tulane Law Review 565 (2010) [PDF]
  • "The Strange Origins of the Constitutional Right of Association," 77 Tennessee Law Review 485 (2010) [PDF]
  • "The Unsettling 'Well-Settled' Law of Freedom of Association," 43 Connecticut Law Review 149 (2010) [PDF]
  • "Making Sense of Schaumburg: Seeking Coherence in First Amendment Charitable Solicitation Law," 92 Marquette Law Review 551 (2009) [PDF]
  • "No Future without (Personal) Forgiveness: Re-examining the Role of Forgiveness in Transitional Justice," 10 Human Rights Review 309 (2009) [PDF]