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Department of Political Science

Josh Wilson

Faculty & Staff

Joshua Wilson

  • Joshua Wilson

    Joshua Wilson

Sturm Hall, Room 475
Phone: 303-871-2280
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 and teaching addresses law, conservatism, and politics in the United States, and he has served as Law & Policy's Editor in Chief from 2017. Most recently, he is the coauthor of Separate But Faithful (2020, Oxford University Press) with Prof. Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College). He has also solo-authored two books on abortion politics, both with Stanford University Press--The Street Politics of Abortion (2013) and The New States of Abortion Politics (2016). His academic articles have been published in various scholarly journals, and his research has been discussed in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Reuters, NBC News, CNN,, US News & World Report, The Boston Globe, TIME, The Guardian (UK), Macleans (CAN), on NPR & PRI, and elsewhere. Related popular media pieces that he has authored have been placed in Newsweek, Politico, TIME, The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. He has a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence & Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and before coming to DU he was an Assistant Professor at John Jay College, CUNY.


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

Recent Publications

Separate But Faithful: The Christian Right's Radical Struggle to Transform Law & Legal Culture, Oxford University Press (2020)

Striving to Rollback or Protect Roe: State Legislation and the Trump-era Politics of Abortion. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 50, 370-397, Summer 2020

Higher Law: Can Christian Conservatives Transform Law Through Legal Education?. Law & Society Review, 54, 835-870, December 2018 (Co-Authored with Amanda Hollis-Brusky)

Playing for the Rules: How and Why New Christian Right Public Interest Law Firms Invest in Secular Litigation. Law & Policy, 39, 121-141, April 2017 (Co-Authored with Amanda Hollis-Brusky)

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, & America's Culture Wars, Stanford University Press (2013)