Josh Wilson

Joshua C Wilson

Associate Professor

What I do

Associate Professor of Political Science


American Politics, Law & Society, Abortion Politics, Conservatism

Professional Biography

Professor Wilson's research, publications, and teaching concern 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. He is currently the Editor in Chief for Law & Policy, an interdisciplinary peer reviewed academic journal.


  • Ph.D., Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California, Bekeley, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Law & Society Association

Media Sources


Professor Wilson's research and publications concern the varying abilities of conservative political and social movements to use law--broadly defined--in the pursuit of political ends. Portions of his academic work have been published in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, and Studies in Law, Politics, & Society, and his research has been discussed in The New York Times/Reuters,, US News & World Report, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, TIME, Bloomberg News, CQ Roll Call, The Guardian (UK), Macleans (CAN), on NPR & PRI, and elsewhere.
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. A third co-authored book, Separate but Faithful: How the Christian Right is Reshaping Law Through Legal Education, has been accepted for publication with Oxford University Press and is expected to be released in 2020. The research for the most recent book received grant support from the National Science Foundation.
Related popular media pieces that he has authored have been placed in Newsweek, TIME, The Washington Post's Monkey Cage, The Christian Science Monitor, The Hill, The Pacific Standard, and elsewhere.
For more on his research and writing in all areas, please see

Key Projects

  • Collaborative Research: The Efficacy of Support Structures for Legal Mobilization


  • Political Questions as Legal Questions: Mobilizing Courts in American Abortion Politics
  • Higher Law: Understanding the US Conservative Christian Legal Movement and its Support Structures
  • Scholarly Networks & Capital in the Conservative Christian Legal Movement’s Newly Created Law Schools
  • Support Structures and Legal Mobilization: Lessons in Movement Building and Efficacy from New Christian Law Schools & Training Programs