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Department of Political Science

Josh Wilson

Faculty & Staff

Joshua Wilson

  • Joshua Wilson

    Joshua Wilson

Associate Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 475
Phone: 303-871-2280
Email: [email protected]
Personal Website 

Areas of expertise/research interests

  • law and society
  • social movements
  • abortion politics
  • 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 an Assistant Professor at John Jay College, CUNY. Portions of his academic work have been published in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Studies in Law, Politics, & Society, and his research has been discussed in Time Magazine, The Deseret News, The Guardian (UK), Macleans (CAN), and on NPR & PRI. His first book, The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars (Stanford University Press), was released in August of 2013. His second book, The New States of Abortion Politics (Stanford University Press) was released in June of 2016. Related popular media pieces that he has authored have been placed in Newsweek, TIME, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, The Pacific Standard, and elsewhere. His current collaborative research project with Professor Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College), has received funding from the National Science Foundation and focuses on better understanding how legal education and training relates to legal and political change. For more on his research and writing in all areas, please see  


PhD, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, UC Berkeley, 2006
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies and English, UC Berkeley, 1998

Recent Publications

The New States of Abortion Politics. Stanford University Press, 2016.

"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.