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Christopher Wolfe

Vice President





Christopher 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.


Dr. Wolfe 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 University Press).


Dr. Wolfe 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 discussions.



Selected Publications


·        The Rise of Modern Judicial Review: From Constitutional Interpretation to Judge‑Made Law  (Basic Books, 1986; revised edition, Rowman and  and Littlefield, 1994).

·        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).

·        How to Read the Constitution (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996).

·        The 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).

·        That Eminent Tribunal: Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution, ed. (Princeton University Press, 2004).