Christopher Wolfe, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow of the Principium Institute, is a professor of politics at the University of Dallas and President of the American Public Philosophy Institute. He is also emeritus professor of political science at Marquette University.
Dr. Wolfe’s 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 the late 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. He has authored 5 books, edited 7 other books, and published over 50 scholarly articles, as well as more popular pieces.
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 sponsors conferences, lectures, panels at professional meetings, and publications.
From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Wolfe served as co-director of the Thomas International Center, an educational institute that encourages students, and others, to think about life’s great questions: where we come from, where we are going, and how to live life well.
His other authored and edited books are: The Naked Public Square Reconsidered: Religion and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, editor (ISI Books, 2009); That Eminent Tribunal: Judicial Supremacy and the Constitution, editor (Princeton University Press, 2004); Natural Law and Public Reason, editor (with Robert George) (Georgetown University Press, 2000); Same-Sex Matters: The Challenge of Homosexuality, editor (Spence Publishing Company, 2000); Homosexuality and American Public Life, editor (Spence Publishing Co., 1999); The Family, Civil Society, and the State, editor (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998); How to Read the Constitution: Originalist Essays on Constitutional Interpretation and Judicial Review (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996); Liberalism at the Crossroads: An Introduction to Contemporary Liberal Political Theory and Its Critics, editor (with John Hittinger) (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994); Judicial Activism: Bulwark of Freedom or Precarious Security? (Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1991; revised edition, Rowman and Littlefield, 1997); and Essays on Faith and Liberal Democracy (University Press of America, 1987).