Gregory Magarian


Gregory Magarian

Professor of Law; Israel Treiman Faculty Fellow 2013-2014


B.A., 1989, Yale University
Master of Public Policy, 1993, University of Michigan
J.D., 1993, University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae




Nancy Cummings - (314) 935-7967

Phone / Email

Phone:  (314) 935- 3394


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 581

Courses Taught

Speech, Press, and the Constitution
Advanced Topics in Free Expression
Constitutional Law I  


Professor Gregory P. Magarian is a well-known expert in free speech, the law of politics, and law and religion. He has written about a variety of topics in constitutional law, including free speech theory and doctrine, media regulation, regulation of political parties, the relationship between church and state, and substantive due process. As part of an ABA project, he led a team of faculty examining the work of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan during the nomination process. A frequent presenter at conferences here and abroad, he has published his scholarship widely in various law reviews. Professor Magarian has taught at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, as part of the law school’s semester exchange partnership and served on the law school’s Summer Institute for Global Justice faculty at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. Before becoming a law professor, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, as well as for the Hon. Louis Oberdorfer, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Professor Magarian also practiced law for five years with the Washington, D.C. firm of Jenner & Block as a litigation associate. 

Representative Publications

Recent Articles and Essays

  • "Chief Justice Roberts's Individual Mandate: The Lawless Medicine of NFIB v. Sebelius," 108 Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy (2013) [SSRN]
  • "Speaking Truth to Firepower: How the First Amendment Destabilizes the Second," 91 Texas Law Review 49 (2012) [SSRN]
  • "Justice Stevens, Religion, and Civil Society," 2011 Wisconsin Law Review 733
  • "Religious Argument, Free Speech Theory, and Democratic Dynamism," 86 Notre Dame Law Review 119 (2011)
  • "Substantive Media Regulation in Three Dimensions," 76 George Washington Law Review 845 (2008)