Justin Dyer

Justin Dyer
American Politics
218 Prof. Bldg.
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Justin Dyer has been with the department since 2009. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas and specializes in American politics.

He is the director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy.


My research spans the fields of American political development, political philosophy, and constitutional law. I am particularly interested in the interaction between the American political tradition and the perennial philosophy of natural law. Ongoing research projects examine the role of classical and modern natural-law philosophy in early American political thought and constitutional theory.  

  • American Government
  • Liberty, Justice and the Common Good
  • Constitutional Rights
  • The American Constitution
  • Judicial Behavior (Graduate)
  • Public Law (Graduate)
Selected Publications: 


Casey, Greg and Justin Buckley Dyer. 2017. Guide to the Missouri Constitution. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Dyer, Justin Buckley and Micah J. Watson. 2016. C.S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2013. Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2012. Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional Tradition. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2012. American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.


Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2017. “Political Science and American Political Thought.” PS: Political Science and Politics 50(3): 784-788.

Cooper, Kody W. and Justin Buckley Dyer. 2017. “Thomas Jefferson, Nature’s God, and the Theological Foundations of Natural-Rights Republicanism.Politics and Religion. doi:10.1017/S1755048317000104.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2015. “Lewis, Barth, and the Natural Law.” Journal of Church and State 57(1): 1-17.

Dyer, Justin Buckley and Kevin E. Stuart. 2013. “Public Reason and the Theological Framework of Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham City Jail.’Politics and Religion 6(1): 145-163.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2010. “Revisiting Dred Scott: Prudence, Providence, and the Limits of Constitutional Statesmanship.” Perspectives on Political Science 39(3): 166-74.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2010. “Slavery and the Magna Carta in the Development of Anglo-American Constitutionalism.” PS: Political Science and Politics 43(3): 479-482.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2009. “After the Revolution: Somerset and the Antislavery Tradition in Anglo-American Constitutional Development.” Journal of Politics 71(4): 1422-1434.

Dyer, Justin Buckley. 2009. “Lincolnian Natural Right, Dred Scott, and the Jurisprudence of John McLean.” Polity 41(1): 63-85.