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Andrew Lewis

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 1102 Crosley Tower
Tel: 513-556-2303
Email: lewis2a5@ucmail.uc.edu
Web: http://www.AndrewRLewis.com

Professor Lewis's research interests are at the intersection of law and politics in America. He is particularly interested in legal advocacy, rights politics, First Amendment law, religious political behavior, and the engagement of religious groups in politics and law. Professor Lewis's areas of expertise are conservative politics and religion and politics, with a focus on evangelical political engagement. His research engages the fields of political behavior, law and courts, interest groups, law and society, and religion and politics.

Professor Lewis's book The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars (Cambridge, 2017), was the winner of the 2018 Humbert Morken Award for the best book in Religion and Politics from the American Political Science Association. His research has also appeared in many social science journals. Professor Lewis has been a contributor to The New York TimesFiveThirtyEightVox, as well as other media outlets. 

In addition to his research, is the director and creator of the Legal Studies Certificate at UC. He has also previously served as the Book Review Editor of the academic journal Politics & Religion.


  • Ph.D., American University, Washington, DC, 2011 (American Politics Law and Society).
  • M.A., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, 2006 (Ethics).
  • B.S., Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 2003 (History).


Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Lewis, Andrew R. (2014). Staffing the Front Lines of the Culture War: Constituency Religious Effects on Assignment to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Congress & The Presidency, 41 (2), 167-189.
  • Djupe, Paul A., Andrew R. Lewis, Ted G. Jelen, and Charles Dahan (2014). Rights Talk: The Opinion Dynamics of Rights Framing. Social Science Quarterly, 95 (3), 652-668.
  • Lewis, Andrew R. (2014). Abortion Politics and the Decline of the Separation of Church and State: The Southern Baptist Case. Politics & Religion, 7 (3), 521-549.
  • Lewis, Andrew R. (2011). Representing the Faithful in Legal Advocacy? Evaluating the Congruence in Baptist Church-State Advocacy. Politics & Policy, 39 (3), 441-468.
  • Wozniak, Kevin H. and Andrew R. Lewis (2010). Reexamining the Effect of Christian Denominational Affiliation on Death Penalty Support. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38 (5), 1082-1089.
  • Lewis, Andrew R. and Dana Huyser de Bernardo (2010). Belonging without Belonging: Utilizing Evangelical Self-Identification to Analyze Political Attitudes and Preferences. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49 (1), 112-126.
  • Djupe, Paul A., and Andrew R. Lewis (2015). Solidarity and Discord in Interest Group Memberships: How the Social Context Affects Interest Group Involvement. American Politics Research, 43 (3), 394-434.
  • Lewis, Andrew R., Paul A. Djupe, Stephen T. Mockabee, and Joshua Su-Ya Wu (2015). The (Non) Religion of Mechanical Turk Workers. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 54 (2), 419-28.
  • Djupe, Paul A., Andrew R. Lewis, and Ted G. Jelen (2016). Rights, Reflection, and Reciprocity: Implicdations of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate for Tolerance and the Political Process. Politics & Religion, 9 (3), 630-48.
  • Lewis, Andrew R. (2016). Learning the Value of Rights: Abortion Politics and the Liberalization of Evangelical Free Speech Advocacy. Politics & Religion, 9 (2), 309-31.

Published Books

  • Lewis, Andrew R. (2017). The Rights Turn in Conservative Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars. New York: Cambridge University Press. [Link]

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Djupe, Paul A., and Andrew R. Lewis (2015). Religion and Politics in the U.S. International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Science, 2nd ed

Additional Publications


  • Lewis, Andrew R. (2013). (Rev. of American Evangelicals Today by Corwin E. Smidt). Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (pp.650-652). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Honors & Awards

  • Voinovich Collections Fellow, Voinovich Collections Fellowship Program, 01-01-2015 to 12-31-2015.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2011 to 2012, Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
  • 2012 to 2018, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2018 to To Present, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Courses Taught

    Level: Undergraduate
    Level: Undergraduate
  • -POL-3022 CON LAW RTS + LIBS
    Level: Undergraduate
    Level: Undergraduate
  • POL-1090
    Level: Undergraduate