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Christopher WolfeCo-Director Emeritus

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Christopher Wolfe is emeritus  professor of political science at Marquette University, and served as co-director of the Thomas International Center from 2005 to 2014.  He currently teaches at the University of Dallas. His main area of research and teaching for two decades was Constitutional Law and American Political Thought, and he is the author of various books, the best known of which is The Rise of Modern Judicial Review, which Judge Robert Bork, in a 2006 Wall Street Journal contribution, listed as one of the five best books on the Constitution.

Dr. Wolfe subsequently shifted his work back to political philosophy, and especially the area of natural law and liberal political theory.  His book Natural Law Liberalism was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.

In 1989, Dr. Wolfe founded the American Public Philosophy Institute, a group of scholars from various disciplines that seeks to bring natural law theory to bear on contemporary scholarly and public discussions.  The APPI has sponsored a variety of conferences and publications.

In 2005, Dr. Wolfe became Vice-President of the Thomas International project and Co-Director of the Thomas International Center, and in 2007 he assumed the Thomas International Chair in Public Philosophy, which he held until 2014.

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).
 

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