Dr. John Inazu

John Inazu is Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and an affiliate faculty member of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. 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. He is the special editor of a volume on law and theology published in Law and Contemporary Problems. Professor Inazu’s work is also published in the Cornell Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Illinois Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, and a number of other law reviews and specialty journals.

Professor Inazu is the chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ section on law and religion. In 2014, he was named the law school’s David M. Becker Professor of the Year. In 2014-2015, he will be a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Inazu 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. He received his JD from Duke University and his PhD in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill.