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Steven Green

Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law; Director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Oregon Civic Justice Center 204
245 Winter Street SE
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • JD, University of Texas, 1981
  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 1997
  • MA, University of North Carolina, 1987
  • BA, Texas Christian University, Phi Beta Kappa, 1978


  • Separating Church and State: A History (Cornell Univ. Press) (forthcoming 2022).
  • The Third Disestablishment: Church, State, and American Culture, 1940-1975 (Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • The Bible, the School, and the Constitution: The Clash that Shaped Modern Church-State Doctrine (Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth-Century American (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court with Ronald B. Flowers and Melissa Rogers (Baylor University Press, 2008).

Chapters in Books

  • The ‘Demise’ of Separation of Church and State, in Religion in American Life, Emma Long ed. (Univ. Press of Kansas) (forthcoming 2022).
  • The Bible in American Law, Politics, and Rhetoric, in The Bible in the American Experience (2020). 
  • The Public Funding of Private Religious Schools, in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education, Michael Waggoner, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2018).


  • The Supreme Court’s Ahistorical Religion Clause Historicism, Baylor L. Rev. (forthcoming 2022).
  • Requiem for State ‘Blaine Amendments,’ J. Church & State (forthcoming 2022).
  • No Aid, No Agency, 29 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1053 (2021).
  • The Legal Ramifications of Christian Nationalism, 26 Roger Williams L. Rev. 430 (2021).
  • The Path Not Taken: Reinhold Niebuhr, John Courtney Murray, and the Proposition of Church-State Separation, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 7 (2019): 1-20.
  • The Irrelevance of Church-State Separation in the Twenty-First Century, Syracuse Law Review 69 (2019): 999-1040.

Amicus Briefs

Willamette University

Faculty Support

Willamette University
College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
(503) 370-6405