Richard W. Garnett



Affiliated/Concurrent Faculty


Associate Dean and Professor of Law


Constitutional Studies


 B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University 

J.D. From Yale Law School


Richard Garnett is Professor of Law and Associate Dean at the University of Notre Dame.  His areas of scholarly interest and expertise include constitutional law, religious freedom, and the First Amendment.  He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters, and comments regularly in print and broadcast media on legal matters.  His current book project, Two There Are:  Understanding the Separation of Church and State, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.  He is also the editor, with Prof. Andrew Koppelman of Northwestern University, of First Amendment Stories (Foundation 2011).  He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, and the Director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Program on Church, State, and Society, an interdisciplinary project that focuses on the role of religious institutions, communities, and authorities in the social order.  He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University and his J.D. From Yale Law School.  He then served as a law clerk to the late Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist and also for the late Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Richard S. Arnold.


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