John D. Inazu

  • Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science (by courtesy)
  • Anheuser-Busch Hall 537
  • (314) 935-6273

John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion and holds a joint appointment in the Washington University Law School and 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. His second book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference (University of Chicago Press, 2016), looks at legal and civic practices in a pluralistic society. Inazu is 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 TodayLos Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

Inazu earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and his J.D. and B.S.E. at Duke University. 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. From 2014-2015, he was a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.  In addition to his academic positions, Inazu serves as the executive director of The Carver Project (

He is teaching the fall 2019 course “Law, Religion, and Politics” for the Center.

John Inazu’s CV