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Trevor Burrus is a research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies and in the Center for the Study of Science, as well as editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. His research interests include constitutional law, civil and criminal law, legal and political philosophy, legal history, and the interface between science and public policy. His academic work has appeared in journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the New York University Journal of Law and Liberty, the New York University Annual Survey of American Law, the Syracuse Law Review, and many others. His popular writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, the Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, and others.

Burrus lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Foundation for Economics Education, and other organizations, and he frequently appears on major media outlets. He is also the co-host of Free Thoughts, a weekly podcast that covers topics in libertarian theory, history, and philosophy.

He is the editor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Deep Commitments: The Past, Present, and Future of Religious Liberty (Cato, 2017), and holds a BA in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

More from Trevor Burrus

Cato Studies


Seeing the Statrix

Capitol Research Center. October 18, 2018.

Introduction: The Cleansing Fire of Religious Liberty

Deep Commitments: The Past., Present., and Future of Religious Liberty. 2017.

Harris v. Quinn and the Extraordinary Privilege of Compulsory Unionization

New York University Annual Survey of American Law. 2015.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

Cell Phones, Sports Betting, and Sales Taxes

Policy Report. November/December 2018.

Katz Nipped and Katz Cradled: Carpenter and the Evolving Fourth Amendment

Supreme Court Review. 2017-2018.

20. Stopping Police Militarization

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).