Wolfe is a professor of political science at Marquette University.
He graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1971
with a major in government and went on to study political
philosophy at Boston College, receiving his Ph.D. in 1978.
During his graduate studies he “migrated” from political philosophy
to American political thought and Constitutional Law. He taught
at Assumption College from 1975 to 1978 and came to Marquette
in 1978, being promoted to associate professor in 1985, and
full professor in 1992.
initially focused his research and teaching on Constitutional
Law, and in particular the transformation of judicial review
in the course of American history. His current work is on
American public philosophy, and especially the relationship
between natural law and liberalism, which will be published
as Natural Law Liberalism (forthcoming from Cambridge
is the founder and President of the American Public Philosophy
Institute (1989), an interdisciplinary group of scholars from
various universities, which seeks to give natural law theory
a more salient expression in current scholarly and public
Rise of Modern Judicial Review: From Constitutional Interpretation
to Judge‑Made Law
(Basic Books, 1986; revised edition, Rowman and and
Judicial Activism: Bulwark of Liberty or Precarious Security?
(Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1991; revised edition, Rowman
and Littlefield, 1997).
Liberalism at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Contemporary
Liberal Political Theory and Its Critics,
ed. (with John Hittinger) (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994;
second revised edition, Rowman and Littlefield, 2003).
to Read the Constitution (Rowman
and Littlefield, 1996).
Family, Civil Society, and the State,
ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998).
Homosexuality and American Public Life,
ed. (Spence Publishing Co., 1999).
Same-Sex Matters: The Challenge of Homosexuality,
ed. (Spence Publishing Co., 2000).
Natural Law and Public Reason,
ed. (Georgetown University Press, 2000).
Eminent Tribunal: Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution,
ed. (Princeton University Press,