The University of Texas at Austin - Civitas Institute

Justin Dyer

Dean of the School of Civic Leadership

Areas of Expertise

Political Science

  • 2023 Dyer, Justin Buckley and Constantine Christos Vassiliou, eds. Liberal Education and Citizenship in a Free Society. University of Missouri Press.
  • 2022 Cooper, Kody W. and Justin Buckley Dyer. The Classical and Christian Origins of American Politics: Political Theology, Natural Law, and the American Founding. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2016 Dyer, Justin Buckley and Micah J. Watson. C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law. New York: Cambridge University Press. 
  • 2013 Dyer, Justin Buckley. Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2012 Dyer, Justin Buckley. Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional Tradition. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Articles and Chapters:

  • 2024 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Constitutional Aspirationalism Revisited.” In Deciphering the Genome of Constitutionalism: The Foundations and Future of Constitutional Identity, eds. Yaniv Roznai and Ran Hirschl. New York: Cambridge University Press. 
  • 2023 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Harry Jaffa and the Idea that All Men Are Created Equal.” American Political Thought 12(2): 209-221.
  • 2020 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Reason, Revelation, and the Law of Nature in James Wilson’s Lectures on Law.” American Political Thought 9(2): 264-284.
  • 2018 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “James Wilson, Necessary Truths, and the Foundations of Law.” Duquesne Law Review 56(2): 49-71.
  • 2017 Cooper, Kody W. and Justin Buckley Dyer. “Thomas Jefferson, Nature’s God, and the Theological Foundations of Natural-Rights Republicanism.” Politics & Religion 10(3): 662-688.
  • 2017 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Political Science and American Political Thought.” PS: Political Science and Politics 50(3): 784-788.
  • 2017 Dyer, Justin and Micah Watson. “The Old Western Man: C.S. Lewis on Politics and Modernity.” Modern Age 59(4): 27-35.
  • 2015 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Lewis, Barth, and the Natural Law.” Journal of Church and State 57(1): 1-17.
  • 2013 Dyer, Justin Buckley and Kevin E. Stuart. “Public Reason and the Theological Framework of Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham City Jail.’” Politics and Religion 6(1): 145-163.
  • 2010 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Slavery and the Magna Carta in the Development of Anglo-American Constitutionalism.” PS: Political Science and Politics 43(3): 479-482.
  • 2010 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Revisiting Dred Scott: Prudence, Providence, and the Limits of Constitutional Statesmanship.” Perspectives on Political Science 39(3): 166-74.
  • 2009 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “After the Revolution: Somerset and the Antislavery Tradition in Anglo-American Constitutional Development.” Journal of Politics 71(4): 1422-1434.
  • 2009 Dyer, Justin Buckley. “Lincolnian Natural Right, Dred Scott, and the Jurisprudence of John McLean.” Polity 41(1): 63-85.


  • 2024 “Embracing civics can help restore trust in higher education,” National Review (January 6)
  • 2023 “Is America a Christian Nation? Yes and No,” Washington Post (January 4)
  • 2021 “Why Positive Law Needs Natural Law,” Law & Liberty (February 23)
  • 2020 “The Limits of Constitutional Rights,” National Review (May 12)
  • 2020 “Our Promissory Note,” Starting Points (July 4)