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 isConfident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016). Professor Inazu is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He 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, CNN, the Hedgehog Review, 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.
- B.S.E., 1997, Duke University
- J.D., 2000, Duke University
- Ph.D., 2009, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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Short video featuring John Inazu
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Religious Liberties Practice Group Podcast
Familiar accounts of religious freedom in the United States often tell a story of visionary...
Faculty Division Podcast 07-06-12 featuring John Inazu and Michael McConnell
During the past decade, courts have struggled to reconcile anti-discrimination statutes with claims by private...
Ask Americans what they think the First Amendment protects, and they will tell you “freedom...