John Inazu

John  Inazu Senior Fellow

Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy), Washington University in St. Louis

John Inazu is Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) at Washington University in St. Louis. At the Institute, Inazu is currently a senior fellow and is a primary contributor to two of its initiatives: the Pluralism Project and the Race, Faith, and Culture Project. Inazu was a visiting faculty fellow at the Institute during the 2014–2015 academic year.

Inazu’s scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, as well as related questions in the realm of legal and political theory. His first book, Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012), recovers the role of assembly in American political and constitutional thought. His second book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016), was written during his visiting faculty fellowship at the Institute. Therein, Inazu explores and establishes two main methods to pursue a peaceful and thriving pluralist society: (1) constitutional commitment to foundational areas of assembly law, and (2) embodiment of aspirations to tolerance, humility, and patience in our civic practices.

Inazu is also 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, CNN, The Hedgehog Review, and The Washington Post.

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