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Department of Political Science

Josh Wilson

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Joshua Wilson

  • Joshua Wilson

    Joshua Wilson

Associate Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 475
Phone: 303-871-2280

Areas of expertise/research interests

Law and Society, Social Movements, American Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties, Lawyers and the Legal Profession, American Conservative Politics.

Professional biography

Professor Wilson's research concerns the varying abilities of political and social movements to use law--broadly defined--in the pursuit of political ends. He has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and was previously at John Jay College, CUNY. His research has been discussed in Time Magazine and NPR's The Morning Shift. His book, The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars (Stanford University Press), was released in August of 2013. His next project focuses on Christian law schools and the developing New Christian Right legal movement.


PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley, 2006

BA, Interdisciplinary Studies and English, UC Berkeley, 1998

Recent Publications

"Lawyers for God & Neighbor: The Emergence of "Law as a Calling" as a Mobilizing Frame for Christian Lawyers." Law & Social Inquiry, 39, 416-448, Spring 2014 (Co-Authored with Amanda Hollis-Brusky)

The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars. Stanford University Press, 2013.

"'Tort Tales' & TV Judges: Amplifying, Modifying, or Countering the Anti-Tort Narrative." Law & Society Review, 46, 105-135, March 2012 (Co-Authored with Erin Ackerman).

"Sustaining the State: Exploring the Construction of Legality in Pro and Anti-Abortion Activists' Post-Litigation Narratives." Law & Social Inquiry, 36, 455-483, Spring 2011.

"It Takes All Kinds: Observations from an Event-Centered Approach to Cause Lawyering." Studies in Law, Politics, & Society, 50, 169-206, 2009.

"Anti-Abortion Protests and the Ideological Dilemma in Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo, Inc. v. Williams." Studies in Law, Politics, & Society, 35, 145-190, 2005.